Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Drive Angry

No, it's not what I do on the GSP. Ok, it's not just what I do on the GSP, it's also a movie starring Nicholas Cage and it is fantastic. Cage stars as a man who is hunting down a charismatic cult leader before said leader can sacrifice a baby to the Devil. Cage, named John Milton, has a few secrets of his own, having escaped from what he refers to as "prison" and everyone he meets seems to think he was dead. He is joined on his quest by a waitress, played by Amber Heard, and stalked relentlessly by a man who calls himself The Accountant (William Fichtner). Oh, and Milton has one hell of a special shotgun in a wooden case in the back of his car, along with his trusty pump action shotgun, which he uses to great effect.

I loved this movie. I had heard almost nothing on it, save for a few blurbs in Fangoria that said it was fucking awesome and to check it out as nobody did in theaters. I'm glad I did. It's an action-horror film, complete with gore, cultists and some supernatural elements. And really sweet cars. It seems like almost every scene is a car chase or a gunfight in the cars, when they're not having gun fights out of the cars. It's fun and doesn't take itself too seriously and I think even works as a companion piece to the Ghost Rider films, though this one is clearly a little more on the violent side of vengeance.

A fun ride from start to finish with some solid performances from the actors involved and well worth checking out. Too bad I didn't see this on Friday, as it could have been part of Friday Night Frights. Maybe I can do Monday Night Maniacs too? We shall see.

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