Monday, 18 April 2011

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Drive Angry 3D [Review]


Opinion: D+

Performs great injustice towards one's ticket to this one hell of a ride (fully with puns intended) that is highly suggested by its adrenaline-charged title. A nasty and angst 104 minutes' ride that guarantees non-stop nonsense less a quirky (but enjoyable) performance by William Fichtner (of TV hit series "Prison Break" fame) as "The Accountant" from Hell. Treat this like the nether world and enter at your own risk (who would?).


In the high-octane, 3D action-adventure DRIVE ANGRY, Nicolas Cage stars as Milton, a hardened felon who has broken out of hell intent on finding the vicious cult who brutally murdered his daughter and kidnapped her baby.

He joins forces with Piper (Amber Heard) - a sexy, tough-as-nails waitress with a '69 Charger, who's also seeking redemption of her own. Now, the two of them are hot on the trail of the deadly leader of the cult (Billy Burke), all while being pursued by an enigmatic killer (William Fichtner) who has been sent by the Dveil to retrieve Milton and deliver him back to hell. Caught in a deadly race against time, Milton has 3 days to avoid capture, avenge his daughter's death, and stop the cult before they mercilessly sacrifice his daughter's baby.

What you've just read above is as good as the plot gets, you'll see that it begins with some blood and violence littered with blatant spats of vulgarity. You know for sure that it's an opening of a low-grade exploitation film when unnecessary nudity gets thrown into the package later on.

Nicholas Cage begins with some fury as Milton and gradually turns dull and subtle, akin to the 3D visuals that were dim with near-zero vibrance. If the 3D treatment was meant to enhance its production/entertainment value, it turned out to be otherwise. Well, at least for me since I can't say for sure the general opinion of today's cinematic 3D experience.

The gorgeous Amber Heard seems to be just part of the game and features a restricted linear character, although interestingly sporting an unrestricted capability of kicking ass. You know for sure that Heard's character Piper is eventually reduced to the maiden in distress stereotype when she always ends up being captured while (the dull) Cage focuses on driving the plot on. Nevertheless, Heard did well and maybe looks too good for her role.

I've nothing to add when Burke's antagonist character misses all his point-blank shots at Heard and Cage during a car chase scene. It's self-explanatory and says a lot about this film. Adding on to the expected acceptance of Milton being invincible against mortal wounds and the random throw-ins of new characters without much introduction, it feels like none of the filmmakers really cared about this production.

Or perhaps they are just having fun that got out of control.

On a glad note, William Fichtner turned up a good performance as the quirky henchman of the Lord of Hell who really spiced up the film and sparkled amidst a pile of dull mess. Perhaps there's a Hades balance sheet somewhere burning below that needs to be audited, "The Accountant" rises from Hell to keep the film in check with great effect.

Now you know why the photo above is of Fichtner and not Cage or Heard.

(Preview Screening courtesy of MVP Entertainment)


2 comments:

  1. I would never pay to see this crap in 3D. I'm not even sure I want to see it in 2D either. LOL.
    Thanks for the review, J-Son. It's typically great! ;)

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  2. Oh my, realised I've been so busy I haven't been replying to comments. So sorry for that!

    Yes I really didn't enjoy this, and looks like you second my thoughts. Aha. Thanks George! :)

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