Drive Angry Blu-ray Review

Ned Jordan
In Short
While Nicolas Cage actually drives as if he's just mildly perturbed, it's William Fichtner that really puts the fun into this grindhouse throwback.

Drive Angry is a tribute to grindhouse films of the 70s ' it's filled with muscle cars from the 60s and 70s, gratuitous nudity, and plenty of gunplay all glued together by a dirt-simple plot. The movie opens with the subtlety named John Milton (Nicolas Cage) escaping from hell in a stolen muscle car and heading back to Earth to save his infant granddaughter from satanic cult leader Jonah King (Billy Burke) who wants to sacrifice her to unleash hell on Earth. Hot on Milton's heels is Death (who prefers to call himself 'The Accountant') (William Fichtner), who's somewhat perturbed that Milton is upsetting the order of things by running around on the wrong side of the veil. (Don't worry, I'm not spoiling things for you here; this is all laid out for you in the first couple of minutes of the film.) With the aid of a supernatural shotgun and a spitfire of a waitress (Amber Heard) he picks up along the way, Milton pursues King using a string of muscle cars while trying to keep a step ahead of The Accountant.

The most surprising thing about Drive Angry is that it's actually watchable in a trashy, mindless sort of way. It's certainly not intelligent enough to qualify as ironic, but it has enough fun with itself while serving up one car chase and gunfight after another to be called entertaining - as long as you don't pay too much attention to all of those plot holes littering the landscape, that is. And while Cage floats through the movie with all the enthusiasm of someone who had to get out of bed way too early to run an unwanted errand, Fichter's turn as The Accountant is almost alone worth the price of admission.

For a glorified B-movie, the picture quality of the Drive Angry Blu-ray is excellent. The oranges and yellows of every explosion are almost beautiful. The sound is perfectly mixed, allowing you to both hear conversations between characters during the rare quiet moments and enjoy the bass-rattling of the explosions and staccato cacophony of gunfire without the need to keep a finger on the remote to protect your eardrums.

Special features are on the thin side, and include the requisite deleted scenes and audio commentary from the filmmakers. The 'Access: Drive Angry' feature is tied to scenes in the move and includes more commentary, but also somewhat humorously allows you to track Milton's body count. This last feature will only really be entertaining the first time through, but it does make for a good college drinking game.

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Transmitted: 9/30/2022 7:41:16 PM