It’s hard not to look at the trailer for a film like Drive Angry (2011) and not wonder how cheesy the film really is. The film is exactly as cheesy as it looks. Nicolas Cage does his best over acting in this film from director Patrick Lussier who has made a career out of cheesy horror films such as Dracula 2000 and the My Bloody Valentine 3D. This film was also made in 3D (although I didn’t get to view it that way) and the lack of 3D in the 2D version is very evident as the obvious 3D sequences fall flat in 2D.
The film concerns Milton (Cage) an undead felon who has escaped Hell to not only avenge the death of his daughter but to save his grandchild from the clutches of a deranged cult leader (Billy Burke) and his followers who wish to sacrifice his granddaughter to Satan on the next full moon. Hot on Milton’s tail is The Accountant (William Fichtner) who will return Milton back to Hell even if he has to masquerade as an FBI agent. Milton has much help on his vendetta especially from the tough-and-badass Piper (Amber Heard). Milton will stop at nothing to save his granddaughter even if it kills him…again.
Despite the amazing action sequences and standout performances (at least for this type of film) from Heard and Fichtner, the film is hampered by bad dialogue, Cage’s less than thrilling performance, and mediocre death/horror sequences and little gore (especially coming from the guy who also brought us the better than expected remake of My Bloody Valentine 3D). There is some entertainment value to be had from the film as it never takes itself too seriously and comes off as an homage to late ‘80s fantasy action films like The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, The Ice Pirates, or Big Trouble in Little China, so if you’re a fan of those films then buckle up for one hell of a ride.