December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

September 19, 2011

Drive Angry ( 2011)

When it's over, there's enough blood, severed limbs, and destruction to rival recent Quentin Tarantino films.  Without much of a story and a whole bunch of scenes stitched loosely together, Drive Angry would make most viewers walk out of a theatre demanding their money back.  Nicholas Cage disappoints as the father who escapes from Hell to avenge his daughter's death and to save his granddaughter from being sacrificed at the alter by a satanic cult.  In the mis-mash of explosions, bullets, and arterial splatter, I simply couldn't stay awake.  The violence was simply too over-excessive and gratuitous, and like anything that's been shoved in your face for too long, you simply become numb to it's effects. Cage still looks good; his car is still smoking; and he's got a really cool gun, but all this, isn't enough to carry a movie.  I would have liked to learn more about Cage's character, John Milton - how he ended up in Hell, and more interesting, how he managed to escape.  Also, the story never explains why Milton's daughter was the target and then her baby.  Is there a connection?  The film says "no," but maybe there should have been.  It would have tightened the plot and elevated the story to whole new level.

My rating: 1.5 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. True, very true, not a good movie at all. But the 'bad guy' sure was bad, making him a totally believable character that you love to hate.