Starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner

Directed by Patrick Lussier

Written by Todd Farmer

You don’t see many studio movies that are as balls-out as Drive Angry. That’s probably because director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer – the team responsible for My Bloody Valentine 3D and the upcoming Hellraiser re-do – shot it outside the studio system. (Maple Pictures picked it up for Canada.) Which means that there’s more cussin’, boobs, awesome gun fights and Satanic sacrifice than you normally see in a Nic Cage film.

Nic Cage as John Milton

Cage stars as John Milton, an enraged father who breaks out of Hell itself to save his grandchild from Jonah King (Billy Burke), the head of a Satanic cut determined to bring hell to Earth by sacrificing the child. Amber Heard (And Soon the Darkness) plays Piper, the tough blonde along for the ride and William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) is The Accountant, an emissary of Satan who seems to be after Milton but may have an ulterior motive.

Lussier and Milton have crafted a light-weight but fun entertainment with some ridiculous action, beautiful muscle cars (like Cage’s ’69 Dodge Challenger) and genuine humour. It’s also an action movie for adults – no PG-13 rating here. Even the 3D is used to good effect, even if it wasn’t strictly necessary.

Cage’s Milton is a cool customer though – he’s more drive annoyed than drive angry – but Heard is a little firecracker who more than makes up for Cage’s too-cool-for-school attitude. Burke, meanwhile, gets to express his talent for greasy smarminess, something he has to repress as Bella’s dad in the Twilight films. And Fichtner is obviously having a blast as The Accountant and his dubious motives.

Get is straight – Drive Angry isn’t a horror film, but it’s got enough hellfire, Satanists and gore to keep genre fans happy. Just don’t drive angry on the way back home.

RATING: 3.5/5

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