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Drive Angry 3D

Rated R | CP Grade: B

Drive Angry 3D
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Again with the Nic Cage conundrum. Is he so shrewd and wondrous as he can appear, in movies ranging from Vampire's Kiss through Adaptation and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call? Or is he affected by the dreck he's in, as you're tempted to think after Captain Corelli's Mandolin or Wicker Man? I'm beginning to see that questions of quality don't apply much to Cage, as he ever manages two stunts at once � brilliantly adapting to his surroundings but also transcending them. Case in point: Patrick Lussier's saga of hell on earth, embodied less by Cage's boomingly named John Milton, doomed by a "bad life," than by his nemesis, the charismatic cult leader Jonah King (played by Bella's dad, Billy Burke). Milton engages the aid of the absolutely awesome waitress/ass-kicker Piper (Amber Heard) and also eludes the Accountant (William Fichtner) just long enough to wreak vengeance on the villain and his band of Satan-worshipping state troopers, naked ladies, and tattooed biker boys, all armed with machetes, scythes, and shotguns. The action is mindless (cars explode a lot), the 3D is creative, and Cage is, as the Accountant puts it, "angry, with attitude," and forever "out of place." That's it exactly, and exactly why you love Nic Cage, again. Cindy Fuchs


Director:Patrick Lussier
Cast:Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, Katy Mixon, David Morse, Wanetah Walmsley, Christa Campbell, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Bryan Massey
Release Date:February 25, 2011 (Nationwide)
Running Time:104
Distributor:Summit Entertainment
Producer:Michael De Luca
Genre:Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
Advisory:for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language


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