Drive Angry 2D/3D (Blu-ray Review)

Drive Angry has made this Nicolas Cage fan very angry.  I’m angry at Nicolas Cage for seemingly being unable or unwilling to turn down a movie role.  Listening to the audio commentary, the director says Nicolas Cage read the script and said “I have to do this movie.”  Saturday Night Live (SNL) does a skit called “Get In the Cage” where they make fun of Nicolas Cage for exactly this reason.  In the SNL parody, Nicolas Cage interviews big movie stars and always asks “why am I not in that movie.”  I’m starting to accept the fact that SNL has got it right, and that makes me a little sad.


Drive Angry is directed and co-written by Patrick Lussier (The Eye) and Todd Farmer (The Messengers).  Nicolas Cage stars as the felon Milton, back from the dead to avenge his daughter’s death.  Not only was Milton’s daughter killed by a cult, they also stole her baby which they plan to sacrifice.  On his path of vengeance, Milton meets a random stranger driving a muscle car, played by Amber Heard (The Stepfather, Never Back Down), who becomes his greatest ally.  Also starring in the film are William Fichtner (Entourage), Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga), David Morse (Disturbia), and Tom Atkins (My Bloody Valentine).

Drive Angry is Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language.  That is as good of a plot summary as I can come up with.  The film is all of those things from start to finish.

Drive Angry 3D is full of cheap 3D gags.  Body parts fly at the screen, blood splatters at you, cars drive straight for you and bullets are aimed directly at you.  William Fichtner plays a character called the Accountant.  He appears to be responsible for keeping the damned in hell and spends the movie chasing Milton and causing carnage.  He has a coin that he sometimes flips in the air, and other times  uses to kill people with which is one of the big 3D effects.  I usually prefer the 2D movies as  I find the 3D aspects often distracting.  One of my biggest irritations is when you watch a film like this in 2D and you can pick out every single aspect that was designed for the 3D viewer.  It takes something away from the 2D version and really doesn’t add much to the 3D one.

For me, a Nicolas Cage fan in her early thirties, Drive Angry was very disappointing.  For the guys, the film has the following attributes:

  • Random naked hotties, including a fist fight with a completely naked girl
  • Muscle cars, car chases, and car wrecks
  • Amber Heard (hottie, but not one of the naked ones)
  • Explosions

If that sounds good to you, then this may be a movie that will appeal to you.


Drive Angry is presented in 1080p High Definition 1.78:1 ratio in both 2D and 3D.  The filmmakers did do a good job making all the outrageous aspects of the film appear real.  The blood has many dimensions of red.  The film is clear and distinct in both the daylight, outdoor shots as well as the dark underworld.  The movie has a very rich texture.  Colors are vibrant and the detail is excellent.  Black levels are suitably dark and skin tones are natural and consistent.  The 3D is outstanding and there isn’t any evidence of ghosting.  The extra added depth is excellent and the the 3D image is just as bright as the 2D version and the colors are even richer.  If you do happen to have a 3D TV, I’d recommend watching the 3D version over the 2D version.  If you don’t have a 3D TV, then don’t worry because the regular disc is also fantastic.


Drive Angry is presented in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.  The car chases and explosions make good use of your system’s surround sound as every channel is used well.   This mix offers a wide range of sound that is loud and in your face.  The rear speakers are used frequently and add a lot of extra ambiance to the viewing experience.  The film’s dialogue was clear and easily understood amongst the chaos.   English SDH and Spanish subtitles are available.

Special Features

The most interesting part of the special features came from listening to the filmmaker’s audio commentary.  The title of the film, Drive Angry, came from a line in the film Groundhog Day “Don’t Drive Angry.”

The Blu-ray includes the following features:

  • Audio commentary with filmmakers Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer – Patrick Lussier was recovering from laryngitis when the commentary was recorded.  They should have waited until he was better because I find his raspy voice annoying and hard to understand.
  • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary with filmmakers – Everything but two scenes remained in the movie.
  • Access:  Drive Angry – Interactive viewing experience with interviews, trivia and facts as you watch the movie.

Final Thoughts 

Drive Angry is the reason people make fun of Nicolas Cage and it reminded me a lot of Ghost Rider – another not so good Cage flick.   A lot of things bothered me about this movie including the weird accent of the villain.  He was odd and creepy and I had a hard time believing he would have had the charm necessary to amass such a following of believers.  This would have been a better movie if they had dropped the back from the dead felon part and just had Nicolas Cage chasing after some bad dudes who kidnapped a member of his family.  All of the elements I described earlier that would make a lot of men like the film are fine with me when done for a reason.  In the case of Drive Angry I felt the film was crude just for the sake of being crude and shocking.  Maybe I’m not the target demographic but it definitely missed the mark with me.

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10 Responses to “Drive Angry 2D/3D (Blu-ray Review)”

  1. Aaron Neuwirth

    The main problem I had with this film was that Cage wasn’t Angry enough. I can’t recall him yelling in this movie, as opposed to say, most roles he’s been in. Hell, Sorcerer’s Apprentice even had a great Cage yell in it.

  2. Gerard Iribe

    Yeah, he even had a perfect yell in Wicker Man.


  3. Sean Ferguson

    I haven’t seen this one yet but I want to despite Jami’s unhappiness with it. Maybe this is just a guy movie.

  4. Jiminy Critic

    “Wicker Man…” wow, that’s a stretch! ha!

  5. Jami Ferguson

    Do I lose all credibility for liking Wicker Man? So what if Cage’s hair piece doesn’t even get wet when he goes for a swim…I still enjoyed it.

  6. Aaron Neuwirth

    Yes, yes you do.

  7. Bob Ignizio

    I just watched this for the second time tonight (saw it in the theater way back when it came out), and I liked it just as much as the first time. It’s just great low brow trash that doesn’t take itself seriously for a second. It captures the true spirit of seventies drive-in/grindhouse cinema without feeling retro. And I think Cage’s understated performance was just what the movie needed. He realized everything else was so over the top that he didn’t need to be. Bottom line, it delivers on the Joe Bob Briggs “3 B’s” (blood, breasts, and beasts) and throws in some truly original moments as an added bonus (Cage taking out an army of attackers while in the middle of coitus).

  8. Aaron Neuwirth

    That moment isn’t original though – Shoot em’ Up had the exact same scene a few years ago.

    And it doesn’t really capture the spirit of grindhouse movies, it feels more like a movie that is trying way too hard to capture that type of movie, despite the filmmakers only having a vague idea of what that would entail.

    And Cage shouldn’t be understated, he’s Nic Cage, he can go crazy bananas and this is the perfect movie for him to do so.

  9. Brian White

    I kind of have to agree with Aaron here.

  10. Keith Thomas

    My dad and I actually really enjoyed this film. He has always liked most of Nic Cages movies. And yes the cool muscle cars,explosions, and girls I am sure helped. lol. I also liked that an actor from one of my favorite t.v. series was in this also ( Prison Break ). He was the guy from hell after Cage’s character.My dad took this movie to show two of buddies at work after we watched it.That’s how much he liked it. To sum it up I would say this is a guy flick for sure!