Drive Angry is so Grindhouse it hurts. I feel like I should have been watching it in some slummy Times Square cinema in the 1970s with Travis Bickle sitting behind me.
I know some people may not believe me but it's a damn good movie. It's funny, schlocky and full of escapism. And at this gray time of year, it was exactly what I needed.
Explaining the movie is as pointless as trying to make sense of it, but hey, let's give it a shot. Cage is John Milton. I think they're trying to pass it off as just a name but for kicks let's pretend it's actually the dude that wrote Paradise Lost. Milton has broken free from Hell and is on a mission to avenge his daughter's death at the hand of a cult leader (who's incidentally trying to bring about Hell on earth) and reclaim his granddaughter before she is sacrificed. Along the way he meets Piper (Amber Heard) a butt-kicking, straight shooting Southern broad who helps him along his way.
The movie gets increasingly crazy with a version of Death showing up to collect Milton and bring him back to hell, the cult leader who seems to have escaped from an Anne Rice novel and the already infamous scene where Milton takes on 10+ guys while having sex. That scene isn't all that shocking, it's just impressive. If you enjoy these kinds of movies it's hard not to get caught up in the giddiness of the whole thing.
Cage gives his now standard dry-witted performance. Its what we all now know and love. The audience I saw it with was cheering for him every time he stuck a one liner. There are a lot of great smaller parts as well but I really want to give some props to Amber Heard. She's frickin' fantastic. It's not a love story between her and Cage. It's a partnership. She's fiesty, hawt and incredibly alive onscreen. I've heard rumblings about her for a while now and she's worth all the fuss.
Drive Angry is one of the best ways to kill two hours. If you're down for some illogical, over-the-top insanity make sure you check it out.
It should also be required viewing for anyone in Religious Studies.