Movie Reviews

Drive Angry 3D (2011)


Patrick Lussier

Nicolas Cage
Amber Heard
William Fichtner
Billy Burke
David Morse

A father bent on revenge breaks out of Hell to chase down the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.
First of all, I just want to say that yeah…this movie is trash. It is trash in the way that it most definitely knows that it’s trash, fully embracing that. In the vein of Grindhouse, the film is packed with violence, sex, nudity, and harsh language – so it may not be good for a family night at the movies.

Now that I have warned you, I have to admit that I had quite a bit of fun with this. The film is completely cheesy and out of control…and it knows it. Full of car chases in classic muscle cars, creative shootouts, and a scene-stealing performance by the great William Fichtner, the film rarely ceases to be entertaining. The only time the film slows down is in its introduction of Amber Heard’s character. It is needlessly crude and over-the-top, not to mention that it slows down the pace of the film for a good 15 minutes or so. After she teams up with Cage’s character, it is back on the road.

I never cared for 3D, but it does make a difference when the film is actually shot in 3D. There are some cool effects here and there, but halfway through the film I forget I am even watching a 3D movie…it is never worth the extra three dollars.

There are a few of true highlights of the film that really give you what you would expect from a movie like this. My favorite was a good 20-25 minute car chase/fight scene/shootout that is just fantastic. There are also a few scenes that I don’t want to talk too much about because of how surprising and fun they are, a couple of them involving Fichtner.

Overall, this is a fun and very dirty action flick that can be a good time at the movies if you can get past its most crude moments. This is definitely a guy movie, as it’s primary focuses are classic muscle cars, action scenes, and good-lookin’ women. Like I said before, the movie is trash, but it knows it and recovers easily from its well-staged action set pieces and a perfect performance by William Fichtner as “the Accountant.”

Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language.

Runtime: 104 minutes

Grade:  B

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