Drive Angry

  • Review Date: February 24, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2011

Common Sense Media says

Ridiculously violent grindhouse-style movie isn't for kids.
  • Review Date: February 24, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2011

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie's villains (the devil worshippers) are marginally worse than the "good guys," but only because they're willing to place an infant in mortal danger. Though the main character has a somewhat noble purpose, he executes it with great amounts of violence, and there are no real consequences for his actions.

Positive role models

John Milton is definitely not a role model. He returns from Hell, after a messed-up life, in one last attempt to do something good and noble, but in performing these tasks, he has little regard for human life or much of anything else. The main female character is strong and tough and can take care of herself, but she's also vulgar (and a bit gratuitous).

Violence

The main character and his female companion shoot and kill dozens of people, both bad guys and cops, with no consequences. Heads and limbs are severed. Characters are stabbed with various sharp objects. There are fights with punching and kicking, plus car crashes and explosions. Violence against women, as well as images of an infant in dangerous situations.

Sex

Viewers see at least three naked women, as well as characters who are clearly having sex. In one sequence, the main character shoots and kills several intruders while still having sex with a woman. The heroine's boss touches her in an inappropriate way, and there's heavy innuendo. The female character's sex appeal is also played up with various sexy outfits.

Language

Very heavy use of strong language throughout, including "f--k" and "s--t" (both in various permutations), "ass," "hell," "bitch," "t-ts," "horny," and "p---y," as well as "Christ," "God," and "Jesus" (used as exclamations), etc.

Consumerism

Characters drink Budweiser beer in more than one scene.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink beer and whisky from time to time, but not to drunkenness. The main character smokes a cigar, and the heroine is seen holding (but not smoking) a cigarette.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gratuitous, over-the-top 3-D action/adventure movie starring Nicolas Cage is packed with grindhouse-style violence, as well as intense/graphic sexual situations, nudity, and language -- all of which is ratcheted up by the 3-D presentation. Things get even iffier when you consider that the "hero" is an escapee from Hell, there's violence against women, and the movie has mages of an infant in danger. In other words? Not for kids!

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

John Milton (Nicolas Cage) escapes from Hell with a mission: A cult of devil worshippers led by Jonah King (Billy Burke) has murdered his grown daughter and taken her baby. They plan to sacrifice the infant at the next full moon. Milton must hit the road to stop the sacrifice; the fastest car around, a 1969 'Charger, happens to belong to a tough, disgruntled waitress, Piper (Amber Heard), and she joins Milton in his fight. Unfortunately, an "accountant" from Hell (William Fichtner) has been sent to retrieve Milton, and just about everyone around is also trying to stop or kill him. Can Milton rescue the baby in time?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence. How do you think the filmmakers hope audiences will react to it? Why do you think that?

  • How does the movie portray women? Piper seems to be a strong, self-sufficient character, but what is the movie's attitude toward her? Toward other women? Are there stereotypes here?

  • The movie has several sexual situations and images of nudity. Are they gratuitous or essential to the movie's plot and/or mood?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 25, 2011
DVD release date:May 31, 2011
Cast:Amber Heard, Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner
Director:Patrick Lussier
Studios:Millennium Films, Summit Entertainment
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language

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Teen, 14 years old Written byantoineisthebest March 27, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

NOT FOR KIDS

sex and gore (we see many naked women foe short moment) and the same thing as commensense media said
not for kids

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written bySynchronicity February 27, 2011
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

(3.5 stars) As over-the-top as humanly possible, but with amazing 3D and even a bit of (hypocritical) emotion; NOT FOR KIDS!

A trashy grindhouse flick set in the modern era, Drive Angry 3D is perfect cult fodder and better than most of Nick Cage's recent material (*cough*Season of the Witch*cough*), but only because of its extreme content. Like Piranha 3D before it, Drive Angry relies on every gimmick in the book to make B-film lovers rejoice. And it's definitely not for kids. In Drive Angry, a man named John Milton comes up from Hell to save his baby granddaughter from being sacrificed by a cult leader who sacrificed his daughter. He is joined by a sexy waitress named Piper, whose boyfriend had just recently left her. Together in her Dodge Charger, they travel cross-country to stop the cult. Yeah, this is a pretty basic plotline, but it's trashy enough to make you smile. And, once again, this isn't a kiddie flick. Everything in the books abounds here. One of the most hilariously sleazy (and offensive) scenes occurs when Milton is simultaneously having sex with a woman, blowing the heads off of about 10 men with a shotgun, chomping on a cigar, and drinking a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey. It's all in hilariously bad taste, and tame by grindhouse standards, but it's still pretty offensive. Violence also abounds, with limbs getting blown off, stabbings, beatings, car crashes, explosions, cop-killing, and a gun from Hell that can make pretty much anything spontaneously combust. And that's in the first thirty minutes. There's also comically exaggerated gore and blood spurts, but again, that's to be expected. On the sex front, there's quite a bit of nudity and sex throughout, and there's some sexualized threat and violence aimed at Piper. Language is raw, with about 75 f-bombs and other miscellaneous profanity. I think I even heard a c-word used somewhere. There's also a bit more product placement than CSM mentioned, including the aforementioned Jack Daniel's, Milton clearly wearing Oakley sunglasses, and LOADS of cars. Dodge Chargers, Chevrolet Chevelles, and the like lovingly adorn the screen. Finally, there are several scenes that have characters with a cigarette or cigar in their mouth. All of this content is not only a hallmark of the entire grindhouse genre, but also portrayed in a self-aware and downright hilarious way. Even so, some scenes may be too much for some. But if you're looking for a great piece of trash to waste a couple hours in without checking your brain at the door, Drive Angry 3D might just be the ticket.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Adult Written bykhan2705 March 13, 2011
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

an awful movie, a complete failure.

1.5/5

A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

Oh man what the hell is wrong with Nicolas Cage. what kind of crap movies he is opting to do. why? what? i mean he is crazy or desperately needs money so is doing these bad movies. i am being that harsh and rude just because the first movie of the year 2011 was also by him entitled SEASON OF THE WITCH which was one of the worst movies ever. this one is too even with all the blood, action and slight gore. that one lacked these things but this one even being filled with these things just felt flat.

i was looking forward to bad ass entertaining movie that will revive the kind of image of Cage. but this one failed to do that. the movie is filled with action scenes as in the car chasing and car crashing, explosions etc but they are so many that your brain want's to burst. the movie has some average visual effects. 3D was just to make money out of this lifeless movie or else no use of that technology here. there is sex in it too, lol.

the large part of the movie was just plain bore and torture, nothing goes in it. i mean that sucks. action scenes towards the end are very poorly done. they didn't moved me even a bit. that sudden input of so many of them towards the end feels a complete crap thing i mean the whole movie is empty an then they put all these scenes.

Nicolas in this avatar was not appealing and this movie he didn't did well. he could be better. William Fichtner was god, funny and someone to look for. Amber Heard as this abusing strong girl was ok.

direction of this movie was very poor. story and the concept of coming out of hell for revenge was awsome i liked it. screenplay is a complete trash. editing sucks. so written wise and technically this movie is a bad one.

i would say AVOID THIS MOVIE.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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