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DRIVE ANGRY 3D review by John Delia

February 25th, 2011 No comments




Cast: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke and David Morse

Director: Patrick Lussier

MPAA Rating: R for Strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language

Genre: Action, Horror, ‘Grindhouse’, thriller

Running Time: 1hr and 44min

Release Date: February 25, 2011

Distributed by: Summit Entertainment, LLC

By John Delia

Out of the depths of hell and brimstone comes Drive Angry 3D a wicked ‘grindhouse’ film that takes evil to a higher level.  It’s a lot of campiness in a large bundle of violence and mayhem.  Director Patrick Lussier gets his cast to whittle down their talent and fit their trailer trash persona.  If you are a fan of films like Machete and Planet Terror, then this cut is right up your alley.

David Morse and Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry

The movie surrounds Milton (Nicolas Cage) a deceased murder that breaks out of hell in an attempt to track down the killers of his daughter and kidnappers of her baby.  Along the way he meets Piper (Amber Heard), a tough waitress who can kick-butt and spit nails.  Running from a mysterious stranger, the two head for the biggest confrontation of their lives.


Although not the best grindhouse film, my favorite is Planet Terror; Drive Angry still follows the same pattern of slaughter and chaos.  Here writer/director Lussier (Hellraiser, My Bloody Valentine) mixes the barrels of blood and guts, slings body parts around the set and explodes anything and everything within reach of his main characters.  It’s a horror flick with non-stop violence that in some cases too realistic.

Amber Heard plays Piper in Drive Angry

As for the characters, Cage gets most of the bloody make-up while Amber Heard keeps prettied up so well, that her face rarely has a smudge.  Even while beating the bad guys with her fists, her gorgeous frame shows little wear and tear.  Now that’s one of the rules of grindhouse, quick recovery from near death and the pretty face does not sustain damage.


As if there weren’t enough odd-looking weapons in films today, Lussier adds a destroyer weapon from hell, a unique gun that can blow anyone or anything into eternity. Coupled with some very hot cars that are weapons in their own right, this non-stop action film kicks horror filmmaking up a notch.

A CGI action scene from Drive Angry

The 3D is rather good since the production company actually filmed Drive Angry with 3D cameras and equipment.  Several incidents made me flinch and duck as bullets and shrapnel came flying out of the screen.  Using special effects that pop and burn even the flames and ash spit out at you.


The film is rated R for Strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language. Not for the faint of heart, easily repulsed or psychologically imbalanced, Drive Angry makes pretend look authentic.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A fired up film that puts hell on earth. (C+)

(All photos courtesy of Summit Entertainment, LLC)



MACHETE written review

September 3rd, 2010 No comments


machete_smallteaserStarring: Danny Trejo, Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez and Steven Seagal

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Grindhouse

Running time: 1 hr. 45 min.

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

By John Delia

Taking the Grindhouse genre to another level, Robert Rodriguez gives violence new meaning in the slice and dice actioner Machete.  Taking every liberty but keeping the movie just under an NC-17, his film makes others of their genre look splatter less.  If you are into films with a lot of realistic violence, raunchy scenes of hot women and a lot of wacky characters, then Machete will get your adrenaline pumping.

Danny Trejo is Machete

Danny Trejo is Machete

The story goes something like this; Machete (Danny Trejo) a Mexican Federale nearly gets killed by a drug lord (Steven Seagal) after witnessing his wife being decapitated.  His impossible escape from death leads him to a job to kill a Texas Senator (Robert DeNiro) that ends up going wrong.  Wrought with hatred and on the run Machete joins Luz (Michelle Rodriguez) leader of an underground faction against the Senator.  When Federal Agent Sartana (Jessica Alba) seeks out Machete to assist her in bringing down the Senator, all hell breaks loose.

Director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Planet Terror) fills his movie with hot women and wacky characters just what most every action junkie audience loves.

Elise Avellan and Electra Avellan

Elise Avellan and Electra Avellan

Although it’s a signature of most all Grindhouse films, Rodriguez gives an extra helping of his down and dirty killers that would make even the toughest viewers cringe.  With Danny Trejo driving his machete into bad guys and lopping off their heads in a mighty swing, the blood runs free.  Even Alba takes some swings with a shoe spike and Michelle Rodriguez blasts away on her sawed off shotgun.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Hot, hot, hot, the women in this film fire up the screen with blazing abandon.  In addition to scantly clad Alba and Michelle Rodriguez providing some sexy screen minutes, director Robert Rodriguez adds the steamy Avellan sisters

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

who know how to use their weapons to shut down the adversaries.

The film is rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity.

FINAL ANALYSIS: It’s a love fest and a shock fest all rolled into one. (4 of 5)