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Drive Angry

Drive Angry
Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, Willam Fichtner, Billy Burke and David Morse

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: February 25, 2011 Released by: Summit

Filled with violence and sex this stretch by Nicolas Cage brings him to a midnight cult status. Who but Cage could escape from hell to reap vengeance on the killer of his daughter and to keep his granddaughter from the evil force that committed the murder.

He teams up with Piper (Amber Heard) who for some stretch of the imagination performs sex to get a trailer park looser to keep her around. That appears to part of the distorted projection of creeps, jerks and fat slobs who attract the best looking women on the planet in recent films. She is nearly a tough as Cage but he is indestructible. How do you kill someone who is already dead is his philosophy.

The devil's decibel called The Accountant, William Fichtner is assigned to bring Cage back home and he does his work with power, seriousness and some laughs. It also becomes obvious that even someone from hell may have a soft spot.

Cage does his part to spread the exploding parts of vehicles, buildings and some people into the audience via the 3D process and the use of long waves making the auditorium shake which sucks the audience further into the action.

Director, Patrick Lussier obviously wants action without bonds and the Cage character named Milton is written just for that. A sprinkling of sex pushed the script toward a Pulp Fiction style but with more tongue-in-cheek to keep the audience interested. Cage kills a half dozen of the bad guys dodging multiple rounds from automatic weapons while he is in the act of sexual activity. That gives us sex and violence all in one take.

It all comes together at a devil worship ceremony where his daughter may be the focus of a sacrifice. The scene filled with naked people, fires, loud sounds and classic cars like a Charger and a Chevy SS, I guess those great old cars are portrayed as the work of the devil. Cage is seen driving off in a black 57 Chevy which makes a-lot of noise, but if we look close we can tell is a timid six cylinder.

The question to be pondered is whether this is a smoking hot cult film or a drop in the quality of Nicolas Cage's career.

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