Drive Angry

The Lord Cage’s Prayer:

Our Father, which art in Snake Eyes,
Nicolas be thy name;
thy  Face/Off come;
thy Con-Air be done,
on earth as it is in Deadfall.
Give us this day our daily Ghost Rider.
And forgive him for Trespass,
as we forgave him for Windtalkers.
And lead us not into Adaptation;
but deliver us from The Rock.
For thine is the Wicker Man,
the National Treasure,
for ever and ever.

Howdy all you Supercultists out there on the interwebz! I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “Car Chases” with a minor in “Bats Outta Hell”) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!

This week it’s the long lost speech for Drive Angry!
Drive Angry Poster

Dark forces are gathering and the diabolical cult leader Jonah King plans to sacrifice a little girl to become the most powerful man alive. What he didn’t count on is that little girl’s grandfather, Milton, breaking out of hell itself to stop him. Milton is joined by the spitfire waitress Piper and they race to stop King before time runs out, but the cops are quickly closing in, and the Devil’s determined minion, “The Accountant” will stop at nothing to drag Milton back down where he belongs. Hell hath no fury like a grandfather scorned. Nicolas Cage stars in Drive Angry!

Released in February of 2011, and directed by Patrick Lussier the man behind the Scream movies, Drive Angry is Nic Cage’s 61st film, only 2 years after the Supercult classic Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Starring Nic Cage as John Milton, Amber Heard as Piper, Billy Burke as Jonah King, and William Fichtner as The Accountant, Drive Angry is brash, vulgar, and full of guns, girls, hot rods and just enough star power to peak even the most infrequent movie goers interest.

Nic Cage the Science Mage

The film is also littered with religious symbology and nods to literature. For instance Cage’s character’s name, John Milton, is a reference to the author of Paradise Lost. At one point Milton and Piper drive over a dead snake, symbolizing good overcoming evil while the coin that the Accountant uses throughout the movie is an Obolos from ancient Greece that would have been placed over the eyes of the dead as payment to Charon for passage over the river Styx and into the underworld. At one point Milton mocks the Accountant by asking if he thinks he is Anubis, to which the Accountant just shrugs. In Egyptian mythology, the jackal-headed god Anubis was the one in charge of deciding whether a soul belonged to Heaven or Hell by weighing his heart on a scale. The name of Milton’s friend, Webster, could be derived from the short story “The Devil and Daniel Webster.” In the story, Webster is hired to defend someone against the devil. There is even a latin phrase inscribed on a bullet that reads DEUS VELOX NEX, which loosly translates to “God’s swift/violent death”.

Besides the crazy references (which you know our man Cage would’ve just eaten up), Cage stated that he was originally drawn to the project by a scene in which his character’s eyes get shot out. In his previous film, Season of the Witch, he had wanted to have such a scene but producers rejected the idea. There’s always a next time Nic…always a next time. Getting his eyes shot out would’ve made it hard to drive all those nice cars though. Throughout the film Cage drives a 1964 Buick Riviera, a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T (440 Engine) and a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454.

To say that Drive Angry has mixed reviews might be an understatement. James Kendrick called it “loud, vicious, tasteless and inane”. He then went on to say “it thunders at you from every direction with a wild abandon that is more irritating and desperate than enlivening”. Mark Jenkins from the Washington Post said, “Even at its most lurid, though, the movie is a little dull. And it only gets less compelling as the back story fills in.” The film even earned a Razzie Award nomination for Nicolas Cage as Worst Actor, but lost to Adam Sandler for “Jack and Jill” and “Just Go with It”.

On the other hand, Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News wrote, “Drive Angry is pure grindhouse, so committed to its own junkiness that it is, in its way, a pleasure to behold.” The Evening Standard film critic Stewart Pulsey praised the film for its “resilient desire to unmask the hypocrisies of patriarchal desire systems” but felt that the final act left an “acrid taste of laudanum and deflated erotica” in audiences’ mouths…whatever the hell that means.

Drive Angry had a budget of 50 million dollars and grossed only 11 million domestic and just over 28 million worldwide. It has a 45% on rotten tomatoes and a 5.5 on IMDB. By all accounts it is a supremely mediocre movie notable only for featuring our Lord Nic Cage’s fabulous mug in glorious 3D. That would be enough for most us devout supercultists, but it also has copious amounts of explosions, slow motion, and slow motion explosions…the perfect film as we draw a close to this year’s Supercult Summer!

It’s one hell of a ride!

The Supercult Show is proud to present Drive Angry: Shot in 3D.

Now that's what I'm talking about!

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

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