Director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer have joined 3-Dimensional forces again for the driver from hell revenge road flick, Drive Angry. The film stars Nic Cage as a man escaped from Hell on the hunt for those that killed his daughter and kidnapped his grandchild for a ritual slaughter. He’s only got a limited amount of time to catch them before the baby gets killed or The Accountant (William Fichtner) catches up to him and drags him back to hell. Also along for the ride is mega-hottie Amber Heard.
The footage we saw was pretty awesome and can basically be summed up as “Nic Cage Blows up Cars with Shotguns” as he blows up or otherwise destroys something like five cars, most of them with a shotgun. The effects weren’t finished yet (the clip was hurriedly put together for SDCC), but it was still impressive. The 3D was very deep in some areas, with the hoods of cars seemingly parking in your lap before exploding. Lussier told us that virtually all of what we were seeing was practical, metal on metal action, with Cage and Fichtner behind the wheels for real.
Also of interest was the revelation of the “God killer” gun, a weapon used to kill demons, and presumably gods, that Cage steals from Hell to use on his quest for revenge. On the Reject Radio podcast last Sunday, I made the prediction that we would see one cast member butt naked in the film and put my money on Farmer, who had a nude cameo in My Bloody Valentine. Turns out if you took my advice on that bet, you won, as we saw his cameo and once again the guy was getting his ass kicked in the nude.
Drive Angry is a film to keep an eye out for as it looks like awesome ’70s era fun with some great 3D and a strong cast. Plus, Lussier revealed the film was titled after the “Don’t drive angry” sequence in Groundhog Day, so it’s worth seeing just because of that fact, in my humble opinion.