So it was nearly a year ago that I was inspired by a personal hero of mine, Safari Bob, to begin exploring all that bad movies have to offer. Safari Bob was a professor of mine in the fall of 10′ and we connected through our simple love of bad movies. He is much more dedicated than I, you can check our his bad movie blog here, however; from time to time I take a trip to the wild side of awesomely bad films. This month “Drive Angry” was my little stay-cation to explore the glory that is Nicolas Cage.
After putting a lot of thought into how to describe Drive Angry to the public I decided that this film is like Nick Cage’s “Machete”. To give you a scope as to the level of bad assery in this movie; within the first 16 minutes there is: Horsepower, Blood, Explosions, Nudity, Heartbreak, Supernatural Suspicion, and more Blood. All topped off with some fantastic one-liners from Nick himself. If you are a man, or just simply awesome, you will find yourself amazed that they could fit all of those things into the first 16 minutes of the film. What is even worse/better is it leaves you wanting more and more for the last hour or so, even though your bad movie appetite was satisfied early on.
Drive Angry obviously had a very large budget and it ranks towards the top tier when it comes to production value and overall awesomeness. The amount of money that went into making this film is what separates it from most of the other bad movies that people like Safari Bob cherish, at the same time, it is good to see that there are filmmakers in Hollywood willing to pour funds into a movie that is destined to become a classic in its own right, thus fueling the fire for more and more bad movies to be made.
If you are looking for a bad movie to dip your bad movie toe into to test the waters, start with a movie like this. Its large budget makes it entertaining enough but also bad enough that it will let you know what you are in for when you step up, or down, into the next level of bad movie such as “Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus“.
Drive Angry is available in Redbox for $1 rental.