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A not untypical scene from "Drive Angry 3D"

A combination of Southern road movie and exploitation flick, Drive Angry 3D stars Nicolas Cage as a felon who escapes from Hell in an effort to save his baby granddaughter from a cult sacrifice.

Strictly for the midnight-movie crowd, Drive Angry serves up a non-stop stream of female nudity, flying body parts, gun battles and smart-alecky dialogue, which, in one boundary-pushing motel-room scene, actually take place simultaneously.

Directed by Canadian Patrick Lussier (a former Wes Craven editor) and co-written with Todd Farmer, the story begins in mid-action as Cage's character, John Milton, wastes a gang of bad guys on the highway.

Shortly after, he arrives at a grubby diner where he hooks up with feisty waitress, Piper (Amber Heard, in Daisy Duke cut-offs). After he saves her from her abusive cracker boyfriend, they head off together in the boyfriend's black '69 Dodge Charger, which is later exchanged for a cranberry red '71 Chevrolet Chevelle SS (these details are apparently important).

Piper decides to help Milton chase down an Elvis-like devil worshipper, Jonah King (Billy Burke), and his horde of followers. In turn, Milton is being followed by an army of Southern cops and an acerbic Satanic bounty hunter named The Accountant (William Fichtner).

To its shameless credit, Drive Angry has a knack for stacking its clichés in mind-boggling arrangements: The climactic sacrificial ceremony is staged as a red-neck rave, complete with shooting guns, girls gone wild, a Winnebago, a cooler of cold beer and plenty of supernatural fireworks. Who knew Armageddon would look so much like a drunken Fourth of July bush party?

Drive Angry 3D

  • Directed by Patrick Lussier
  • Written by Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier
  • Starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard and William Fichtner

Classification: 18A