All of this nonsensical 3-D hype is killing me. Â The latest victim of its trendy hysteria is â€œDrive Angry,â€ an exploitation flick with shades of Tarantino-infused insanity. Â
The film stars Nicholas Cage as John Milton, an escapee from hell come back to seek revenge on the cult leader who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.
The total absurdity of â€œDrive Angryâ€ is a mixed bag. Â Its over the top content provides an entertaining thrill ride, but the ridiculous plot is weighed down by painstakingly inane exposition that takes a lot of fun away from the experience.
Worse off, the movie is only available in the superficial and overpriced form of 3-D.
â€œDrive Angryâ€ claims to be shot for 3-D, but having a few pieces of debris being flung at your face does not constitute dropping an extra five bucks for a movie.
One thing is for sure. The acting doesnâ€™t make up for that money. Â With the exception of William Fichtner as the accountant chasing Milton back to hell, the cast delivers lackluster performances that are like a chore to get through. Â Â
After getting past the wooden acting and weak 3-D, the filmâ€™s exaggerated content provides a good time and appeals to more successful projects such as â€œSin Cityâ€ and â€œGrindhouse.â€ Â
Unfortunately for â€œDrive Angryâ€, those movies have already done the over-the-top exploitation trick better. Â
â€œDrive Angryâ€ is rated R for absurd action scenes containing over the top violence, blood, and nudity that are needlessly shot in 3-D.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.