Nicolas Cage is an actor I admire greatly because of his unique charisma and real superstar presence. He’s been in the firing line recently because of some rather dodgy movie choices. Drive Angry is return to form and is a film that left me truly entertained.
Vengeful father Milton (Nicolas Cage) escapes from hell to track down and save his granddaughter who’s about to be sacrificed by a satanic cult. He’s also out to kill cult leader Jonah King (Billy Burke) who killed his daughter. Meanwhile, the devil’s representative The Accountant (William Fichtner) is on the trail of Milton, in order to bring him back to hell.
Drive Angry starts with foul-mouthed philosophic speech and follows that with a bloody 3D shoot out. This is how the film starts and means to end. The film has a strange attitude towards its plot and its crazy violence. It sometimes leans into parody but never fully loses control of all logic. The film is essentially a rollercoaster ride, full of zany action and dark humour.
William Fichtner steals the show as the carefree hell guardian who walks around spouting out classic dialogue and committing unpredictable actions. Fichtner has proven himself to be damn fine actor, but here he shows his comedic side and it’s glorious. Cage gives a restrained performance, that hopefully dodges any mockery from critics.
Drive Angry is entertaining from start to finish. It balances the right mix of crazy violence with crazy humour. The stand out scene of the film, has to an action scene that mixes business with pleasure, you’ll know when you see the film.