Film Review: Life’s a Grind For Nicolas Cage in ‘Drive Angry 3D’

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CHICAGO – Muscle cars, kick-ass dudes and foxy ladies have been staples of the grindhouse since Detroit had a pulse. Nicolas Cage joins that parade in the over-the-top road picture called “Drive Angry 3D,” lest we mistake it for the 2nd dimension.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

This is an audacious looking film, filmed in true 3D technology as a eye-popping, gun-shooting, blow-up-real-good carnival ride. The infamous Nicolas Cage seems destined to be the centerpiece of all this, but he prefers a low keyed approach to his bad ass driver, which is one of the lost connections in this by-the-book epic.

Nicolas Cage is John Milton, a mysterious man in a Buick Riviera. He is on the run away or towards something, but loses the car in the escape. He meets a fired waitress named Piper (Amber Heard) who happens to have the keys to her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend’s Dodge Charger. Together they begin to pursue Milton’s granddaughter, who was stolen from his murdered daughter at the time of her birth.

There is a hitch in the form of ‘The Accountant’ (William Fichtner), who is pursuing Milton himself, and creates havoc along the trail. Oh yes, and the man who stole Milton’s granddaughter is Jonah King (Billy Burke) who runs a Satan-worshipping cult that relies on human sacrifice. It becomes apparent that Milton has a score to settle with King, and that pursuit provides the tension that needs to be broken.

Luckily, Milton has an ally in Webster (the always welcome David Morse), a mechanic who fixes muscle cars and has a few to lend of his own. The holy trio of Detroit – the Riviera, the Charger and the Chevelle – transport Piper and Milton along the way to the final confrontation with both The Accountant and Jonah King. The emergent souls from such a confrontation will determine the end of the road.

“Drive Angry 3D” opens everywhere February 25th. Featuring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke and David Morse. Screenplay by Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier, directed by Patrick Lussier. Rated “R”

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Man on the Run: David Morse (Webster) helps out Nicolas Cage (Milton) in ‘Drive Angry 3D’
Man on the Run: David Morse (Webster) helps out Nicolas Cage (Milton) in ‘Drive Angry 3D’
Photo Credit: Ron Batzdorf for © Summit Entertainment

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