(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.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Positive role models