Parents' Guide to

Drive Angry

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Ridiculously violent grindhouse-style movie isn't for kids.

Movie R 2011 104 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+


When I sat down to watch this I was expecting a good movie. I WAS WRONG. This movie has so much blood, gore, language, and sex that it is sick. (Positive Messages and Role Models:) I'd hardly call Milton a positive role model. The only thing positive is that he was trying to save an infant but to do so he had to kill plenty of people and this is show in great detail. Their really is no positive messages escape for the mission to save the infant. Milton is chased by a man who calls himself the Accountant, and who makes dire comments to individuals about how soon he'll be seeing them again; an occult cult, its leader, and a sacrifice of a child are all part of the storyline; references to literal elements of @#!*% on earth; a character states her fear of devil worship and those involved with it; @#!*% is said to be a place where images of those you love, but can't help, are played endlessly; a man has a pentagram engraved on his chest; those shot with a certain weapon are said to cease existing; the idea that the meek will inherit the earth is called a lie. (Violence:) Drive Angry isn't a slasher film per se, but it's certainly a first cousin to the genre. And its explicit, over-the-top violence has enough screen time and presence to be considered a primary character itself—especially since the movie was shot in 3-D. Several men's eyes are shot, stabbed or gouged out—up close and bloodily—by bullets, crowbars or garden tools. A man's shoulder is impaled to a wall. Later his head is split open by a hurtling rod. Another man's hand is blown off, and the "miracle" of 3-D sends the pieces into your lap. A woman's throat is brutally slashed (offscreen), and we see copious blood spatter across a wall, as well as onto the murderer's face. He savors the spillage, licking his mouth and fingers. Milton's eye is injured, and its "healing" process is just as gory as the wound. Machetes, sledgehammers, garden tools, etc., are repeatedly thrust into people's heads, chests and other body parts. A man's flesh melts off as his jaw (among other things) breaks off. Multiple people are graphically shot in what feels like continual gunfire. A woman is decimated by a car that hits her at high speed—and the vehicle's bloodied grill is shown as a joke. Men brutally beat up women and other men. Women do the same—sometimes while naked. Another constant are reckless driving and car wrecks that result in apocalyptic explosions. People fall out of moving vehicles and crash through walls. Violent satanic rituals are mentioned. It's said that Jonah broke a woman's leg in three places with a tire iron. A woman threatens to bite a man's penis in half. Milton and a vulnerable woman he's holding are tasered. Slo-mo bullets graze The Accountant's face. I could go on. But there's really no need. (Sex:) Piper's no-good fiancé is shown having sex with another woman. Nothing about her body (and several other women's bodies, for that matter) is left to the imagination. We see the two in a sexual position, moving and moaning. Later, Milton hooks up with a cocktail waitress, and as in My @#!*% Valentine, the nude woman is abused onscreen for an entire scene—not for mere seconds. She and Milton (who is fully clothed apart from a lowered fly that her body covers) are having boisterous sex when a shootout erupts. While still coupled with her, he moves around a motel room, murdering baddies. When the shots finally falter, she's left terrorized and cruelly battered. And for the record, the audience at the screening I attended laughed at her trauma. Milton callously orders her to calm down. Nude women dance at an orgy-like satanic ritual. A passerby takes a cell phone picture of a naked female who has been beaten up and is lying on a sidewalk. Piper's boss touches her suggestively. A breakfast item is vulgarly named, as is a bar that has a sexually graphic neon sign. A waitress comes on to Milton, using innuendo. Sex toys are mentioned; masturbation is alluded to. (Language:) (A*s 6; F**k 76; SOB 21; S**t 12; H**l 16; D**k 3; T**s 2; There is a mention of each bal*s, pus*y, N**s) Male genitalia is obscenely referred to repeatedly. An obscene gesture is made. Consumerism: Milton smokes and drinks frequently, including during sex; more drinking during satanic ritual. Horrible movie NOT WORTH SEEING.You'd be better off watching Dora the Explorer.
age 17+

17+ only

Drive Angry is a movie made by Patrick Lussier (My bloody valentine re-make) and stars Nicholas Cage (Lord of War, Kick-Ass, 8mm, Wicker man remake). and Amber Heard (All the boys love mandy lane, The informers, Never back down). This movie is unquestionably violent, and has lots of sex and drugs. It definetly receives it's R-rating for a reason. But the violence is pretty much tongue-in-cheek. And nothing serious like Hostel or Saw. Expect your basic Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone action movie. The violence is quiet frequent and has lots of blood and gore. There's a scene which involves killing bad guys, drinking JD, having sex with a nude woman. I would say this title is good for 17+ people since it's quiet graphic and very adult film. Just don't take it seriously and you'll be fine :)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Directed by Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine), DRIVE ANGRY quickly establishes itself as a no-holds-barred grindhouse experience, fully aware of its own extreme ridiculousness. Within minutes, the hero shoots the hand off of one of his adversaries, and it goes flying toward the audience -- in "glorious" 3-D.

Heard is great fun as the sexy waitress who can take care of herself in a fight; she's tough and resourceful, but it's arguable whether the rest of the movie is quite as interested in the power of women. Many other female characters are victims, and it's hard to watch the baby so close to jeopardy, even if you can buy in to the movie's intentionally preposterous tone. The movie also suffers from being a bit low energy and could have been tightened up a bit. Cage in particular, who has given such gleefully nutty performances in the past (Bad Lieutenant, etc.) seems slightly sleepy. Regardless, the overall package will appeal to adult moviegoers who like this kind of way-over-the-top material.

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