"Drive Angry" is a lazily coined title for the equally complacent effort of a movie. Basically, Milton (Nicolas Cage) is angry and he drives towards his revenge. So intense is his anger that he actually tricked Satan and broke out of hell to avenge his daughter’s death and the consequent abduction of his grand-daughter.

The man being pursued is Jonah King (Billy Burke), leader of a satanic cult with blood-drinker and slime-ball topping his profile.  The mission: to stop him from sacrificing Milton’s grand-daughter in order to unleash hell on earth. He finds an unlikely accomplice in the feisty waitress Piper (Amber Heard) on this repeat of his road to perdition. As he grudgingly reveals his murky past to her, we get to know he’s a criminal of a different league, but it’s still very hazy.

The pursuer is being pursued too! There is no way in hell that you can get out of Satan’s pit without a price to pay. So he sends his wingman, The Accountant (William Fichtner), a scent- sniffing, straight-faced sadist with an unmatchable power. Surprisingly, despite his extraordinary abilities, Milton manages to stay a step ahead, and deftly escapes him, always at the tip of his fingers. Fichtner is undoubtedly the star of the show with his wry smile and sardonic dialogue delivery.

Cage, who he describes as ‘very angry’ at one point, looks like he is utterly confused throughout, or maybe it’s the effect of the chemicals in his overly bleached mane. Apart from Fichtner, all the characters are lucid, and come into kick-start mode with random spurts of energy, usually in the violent scenes which are particularly gruesome.

Beneath the blanket of satanic insanity lies a crude sexual energy accompanied by swearing galore. Fancy cars, unreal ammunition and invincible men are unable to match up to the surreal concept. The 3D is definitely a strong point but the lack of finish in the fight sequences let it down. 

It has its moments of fiery glory, but they can be counted on one hand. Once his stint on earth is over and he heads towards hell, he leaves you with an unsettled feeling of incomplete. Nothing a beer wont put right though.

[Rating:2]

Raashi Malhotra

 

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