Drive Angry 3D – A Preview

September sees the latest in an extremely long line of 3D releases, in the shape of Drive Angry 3D starring the enigmatic Nicholas Cage.  It’s not that I totally dislike the whole 3D phenomenon as I thought Avatar looked great, yet I found the film was lacking something. In particular, a decent story. I really enjoyed Beowulf and Final Destination 3D was cheesy fun. But the final straw in my 3D viewing was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Was it even shot in 3D?  Because I couldn’t tell. Then another final straw was Clash of the Titans “3D”. I actually watched half of that film with the glasses off! But then the final, FINAL straw was Green Lantern. I wanted to like that film so much but instead it made me wonder if 3D was nothing more than a con to swindle more Won from my wallet.  Could Drive Angry 3D change my mind?

 

Nicholas Cage plays Milton, a vengeful father who escapes from hell and chases the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.  So, Nicholas Cage leaves hell? Drives around killing people?  Sounds familiar, right? But I can assure you this is no Ghost Rider, as when it comes to Nicholas Cage never has that iconic line from Forest Gump been more relevant. He is indeed like that proverbial box of chocolates and you really never know what you’re going to get. There’s no doubt the guy is a talented actor. Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation and Wild at Heart are clear examples of that, but whenever you feel like you’re starting to warm to him he goes and makes The Wicker Man, Season of the Witch or even worse, the afore mentioned Ghost Rider.  But after what I thought was an excellent return to form in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, his run continues in Drive Angry 3D.

 

Drive Angry is poorly acted, over the top and gory…but at times it’s a lot of fun.  It takes itself too seriously on occasion to be a really good “bad” film like Neveldine/Taylors “Crank”, but it is a fun film to see at the cinema and I never thought I would say this, but I definitely recommend seeing it in 3D as the sight of limbs and bullets hurtling towards the screen is surely what the medium was really made for!

 

(first published in Septembers issue of Grove Korea Magazine)

Categories: Film, Previews

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