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Plot: John Milton (Nichols Cage) is a man who escaped from hell and is on the lookout for a person who can take care of his granddaughter. His mission is to kill Jonah King ( Billy Burke) who is a cult leader and tricked Milton’s daughter to join his group and be one of his followers. Jonah believes that killing Milton’s granddaughter would unleash hell on earth. Later on he encounters Piper (Amber Heard) who serves at a local Diner and follows her back to her home and later on with her as he offers her help fixing her car. Later on, she discovers that her husband has been cheating on her all along. She smashes him and the woman with whom he is making love to and throws them out of the house but is eventually knocked down too. John rescues her from this, and later on they embark on the mission to save his granddaughter.
On the other side, a messenger from hell (William Fichtner) is sent to earth to drag John back to hell. He searches for him and finally finds him and later on urges him to come back to hell. When John refuses, he attacks him which eventually results in his one eye being blown off. Later on, when John catches up with Jonah, he tries to stop him and later on Piper too reaches there. A fight ensues, and Jonah subdues John and as he is about to kill the baby the messenger intervenes and blows Jonah to bits. Now when Jonah is gone, and everything has returned to normal John asks Piper to take care of the baby as prepares to return to hell. Piper pleads John to stay, but he refuses and instead goes back to hell with the messenger.
Analysis: This is one kick-ass movie which would not disappoint Nicholas Cage fans. But still, story lacks a proper foundation and could have emerged as a big deal. Amber Heard looks charming as ever in this movie, and she overshadows Cage in most of the scenes. William Fichtner too raises hell but quietly as his silent, funny yet powerful act as a messenger from hell is a thing not to be ignored in this movie. The screenplay is satisfactory, and cinematography has been etched nicely on this one.
Star Performances: Definitely, it is Amber Heard and after her, it is Nicholas Cage. Sorry Cage fans but yes Amber has more firepower than Nicholas, who overshoots his act of a man who escaped from the gates of hell for revenge and protection of his granddaughter. But that does not mean he does not portray his role well; we can see a mixture of comedy, anger, confusion, and drunk attitude all the time in him.
• Interesting concept.
• Good screenplay and cinematography.
• Brilliant acts from Cage, Heard and Fichtner.
• Satisfying adrenaline action as is expected in a Cage movie.
What's Not There?
• Useless addition of few side actresses who just get intimate with Cage.
• Loose plot and script.
• Nicholas looks lethargic in few scenes which is annoying.
Verdict: Drive Angry is for fans again and for those who want a taste of a little bit of action and bullet shot noises which sound glorious. This movie is a one-time watch.
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