Movie Review – Drive Angry (2011)

Movie Review - Drive Angry (2011)A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

Director: Patrick Lussier
Writers: Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billie Burke

I have been looking forward to Drive Angry for quite a while now. The common question asked of me is “why?” Any film with Nicolas Cage seems to raise a lot of eyebrows from genre fans. My main reasoning behind the excitement was Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer. Patrick Lussier was the director of the uber-fun My Bloody Valentine 3D. Todd Farmer has written movies such as Jason X, The Messengers and My Bloody Valentine. Both of them are signed on for the Hellraiser remake and Halloween III. There is a common misconception that Patrick Lussier is new to Hollywood. Patrick Lussier has actually been taking part in movies, in one form or another, since the 1980s.

Now, on to Drive Angry. How did this film stand up to my hopes? It actually did very well. First off, watching Amber Heard for 90 minutes is never a bad thing. Amber Heard plays Piper, a waitress who finds herself eager to leave town when she catches her boyfriend Frank (Todd Farmer) with another woman. Piper quickly finds herself on the run for her life after falling in with Milton (Nicolas Cage), and they are in pursuit of Jonah King (Billie Burke), a Satanic cult leader who is sure he’s figured out a way to raise Satan to Earth.

Amidst a story of revenge and a supernatural tone, Drive Angry was beyond fun and just what was needed for a lot of reasons. It showed amazing diversity for Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer after having last worked together on My Bloody Valentine. It showed Nicolas Cage in a fun role and one that is right in his wheelhouse. It displayed the gorgeous Amber Heard as a true actress. For far too long she has been portrayed as the hot chick thrown into movies for the sake of having some hot chick in it (see Zombieland). It really sheds light on a very good actor, William Fichtner, who plays an amazing role.

The story taking a supernatural turn was something that caught me off-guard, and I love not knowing everything about a movie before seeing it. I feel that people go into movies with far too much knowledge of it these days. Once you see where the story is going, you will probably start drawing conclusions about Cage’s character’s name, Milton, and Paradise Lost.

For what Drive Angry is, just a good old time wrapped into 90 minutes, it does a very good job. No one will win any awards for their performances, but the film will be highly enjoyable for genre fans.

If you have seen Drive Angry, let me know what you thought of it.