Drive Angry 3D - review
- Kaleem Aftab
- 9 March 2011
Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner star in off-the-wall hellbound actioner
More than any other actor, Nicolas Cage has the ability to move from the sublime to the ridiculous. For every Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas and Kick-Ass, there is a Ghost Rider, Bangkok Dangerous or World Trade Centre. Whereas his awkward fiendish gait can be awesome, just as often it feels clunky and egregious.
Luckily for fans of the actor, Drive Angry sometimes plays to his considerable strengths. It's excessive, otherworldly, and a bit batty. Less fortuitously it is not very taxing on the brain. Milton (Cage), a vengeful father, escapes from hell to track down the cult group of Satanists who murdered his daughter and kidnapped his grandchild. Along the way he picks up a sassy young blond (Amber Heard) who has accosted her ex-boyfriend’s beautiful car; he’s also pursued by The Accountant (William Fichtner – see profile), a Grim Reaper figure sent to drag Milton back to hell. There are some notable scenes, especially one in which Milton kills a gang of men whilst shagging a well-endowed blond. Nonetheless, for every moment that hits top gear there are those that seem like a car crash. Sound like someone’s recent career?