- Cast: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, Billy Burke, William Fichtner, Katy Mixon, David Morse, Christa Campbell, Charlotte Ross , Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jack McGee, Tom Atkins, Marc Macaulay, Simone Levin, Edrick Browne, James Hébert, Arianne Martin, Bryan Massey, Kendrick Hudson
- Director: Patrick Lussier
- Writers: Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier
- Producers: René Besson, Michael De Luca
- Co Producer: Ed Cathell III
- Executive Producers: Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Joe Gatta, Avi Lerner, Diego J. Martinez, Trevor Short
- Art Directions: Zach Bangma, William Budge
- Casting: Nancy Nayor
- Costume Design: Mary E. McLeod
- D.O.P.: Brian Pearson
- Editors: Devin C. Lussier, Patrick Lussier
- Makeup: Kristina Vogel
- Music: Michael Wandmacher
- Production Design: Nathan Amondson
- Set Decoration: Kristin Bicksler
"Drive Angry" stars Nicolas Cage as Milton, a hardened felon who has broken out for one last chance at redemption. Hell bent on stopping a vicious cult of fanatics who murdered his daughter, he has three days to stop them before they sacrifice his infant granddaughter beneath a full moon. Milton must us his anger to go beyond all human limits in order to save his last connection with humanity.
He's joined by Piper, a young sexy-smart waitress who liberates her ex-boyfriend's cherry red muscle car in order to help Milton. Now, the two of them are hot on the trail of the charismatic Jonah King and his murderous followers. King will throw every one of them faithful under the wheels of Milton's turbo-charged Black '71 Challenger, to fulfill hist destiny and unleash hell on earth.
But the bloodthirsty cult is the least of Milton's problems. The police are after him, too. And worse. An enigmatic killer known only as "The Accountant." The Accountant knows what Milton is trying to and and simply doesn't care. With wicked cunning and hypnotic savagery, the Accountant will relentlessly pursue Milton at high speed across the forgotten back roads of the American south.
Fueled by high octane and pure rage, Milton and Piper must battle the onslaught of King's disciples, avenge his murdered daughter, and save his granddaughter before his last chance at redemption is revoked.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language
- Production Budget: $50 million
- Production Companies: Millennium Films, Nu Image Films, Saturn Films
- Production Schedule: March 2010 - 15 May 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Budgeted at a surprisingly large $75 million and shot natively in 3D, this just looks down right silly, as if Nic Cage's "Ghost Rider" and "Gone in 60 Seconds" had a freakish baby together. There were rumours this would be toned down to a PG-13, but instead it's being promoted as a "balls to the wall, R rated" feature which will be one of the film's selling points beyond its two main co-stars, a 1969 Dodge Charger and a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle, which should get the auto-lovers of the audience aroused.
Editor turned filmmaker Patrick Lussier ("Dracula 2000") previously tackled 3D with the remake of "My Bloody Valentine", a movie mostly remembered for an extended scene of female frontal nudity. That film's writer Todd Farmer ("Jason X") also penned the script for this, a film where the villain of the piece is the enjoyable William Fichtner playing the devil's enforcer known as 'The Accountant. I kid you not, though to be fair it looks like the most fun role of the film.
The trailers released thus far indicate a film far too self-aware of its campiness and so goes way overboard in every way possible. That makes it a love it or leave it proposition, one you really have to be in the mood for (ie. preferably stoned) to enjoy.