If there is one consistent thing about the haphazard movie career of Nicolas Cage, it is the wild inconsistency in terms of quality of projects.

For every Raising Arizona we get a Wicker Man, and for every Kick Ass we get a Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

So, after sitting through the dirge that was Season of the Witch just a matter of weeks ago, it is only correct and in order that Drive Angry be a balls-out classic right?

Thankfully the answer is yes, as Cage tears up the screen in an over-the-top action explosion that is every bit as insane as anyone could hope for.

Just a mere scan of the plot tells you not to expect anything awards-worthy – Cage plays Milton, a general all-round unpleasant piece of work who manages to bust out of hell so as to avenge the slaughter of his daughter at the hands of a bunch of religious nuts.

Cage, in black shades and jacket (and sporting yet another dodgy hairdo) must shoot, slash and all manner of other nastiness as he wades through an army of bad guys in order to get his revenge, and save his daughter’s child.

Along for the ride is Amber Heard, who adds the requisite dollop of glamour as well as being pretty tough in her own right.

Film Review: Drive Angry

On approaching this flick I was hoping, nay begging, that director Patrick Lussier and his cast dialed everything up to 11 for this one – after all, when you are documenting the revenge quest of a guy who has just broken out of hell surely you cannot keep a straight face.

And the good news is they don’t, ditching any serious tone in favour of a funny, snappy script and lashings of over-the-top, in-your-face violence.

And even though he is on good form, Cage is not actually the highlight of the film – that my friends has to go to William Fichtner who plays the Devil’s right hand man The Accountant.

Film Review: Drive Angry

Fichtner is quite simply brilliant as he trails Cage across the country, full of snappy one-liners, sharp suits and a neatly sinister streak.

Before I start touting Drive Angry as must-see material I should add a few minor points, namely that the film does drag in a couple of places as the plot takes shape.

And for a film proudly titled Drive Angry there is not actually that much driving in it, and the sequences that are featured do not see Cage particularly angry.

But these really are minor quibbles in a blast of 3D entertainment that not only embraces its inherent silliness but positively runs with it.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.

  • Col

    Brilliant film – ridiculously daft!