HELL hath no fury like a father scorned in Patrick Lussier’s outlandish revenge thriller, which was shot in 3D to add depth to the overblown action sequences.
Lussier and co-writer Todd Farmer don’t have any patience for realism or subtlety, not when they can defy the laws of physics to contrive an explosive set piece that will rattle the fillings in viewers’ heads.
Drive Angry is a 104-minute thrill ride, which keeps the adrenaline pumping with a cocktail of gun fights, sex, car chases and foul-mouthed one-liners.
Milton (Nicolas Cage) is condemned to purgatory, from where he must watch in agony as his daughter falls into the clutches of demonic cult leader Jonah King (Billy Burke), and is murdered for her baby girl.
Jonah intends to use the infant as a sacrifice to raise Satan’s army. Milton breaks out of the underworld to stop the cult leader and rescue his granddaughter.
Milton heads for a diner where he flirts with sex-starved waitress Norma Jean (Katy Mixon) and then thumbs a lift with her colleague, Piper (Amber Heard), who is trapped in an abusive relationship.
Milton helps to rescue the young woman and she joins him on a quest to track down Jonah King and rescue the infant.
Meanwhile, the Devil dispatches one of his minions, The Accountant (William Fichtner), to hunt down Milton and return him to the inferno.
Drive Angry 3D is a hoot, as long as you down-shift your brain into neutral and submit to the barrage of obscenities and gratuitous violence.
Cage and Heard are a formidable double act.
Fichtner relishes the choicest lines of dialogue as a collector of human souls, who can foresee the future for mortals.
“I’ll see you again when you’re 73,” he tells one relieved teenager. “I’ll see you in three months,” he adds to the youngster’s pal.
The plot is as messy as some of the set pieces and there’s very little acting for Oscar winner Cage, but he seems to be having a blast .