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Predators, Drive Angry

The title of this post could really be read one of two ways. First, Predators and Drive Angry seen separately. Or second, as a statement telling those Predators to go out there and drive angrily. You know, a movie combining Predators and Drive Angry together could be one of the greatest movies of all time. Maybe somebody will figure out a way to edit them together to create a cinematic masterpiece.

Predators

As you all know, the original Predator is an 80s classic. One of the best examples of sci-fi and action. It is such a monumentally important film, it blows away Oscar-winning films by comparison. Unfortunately, the Predator franchise has fared even worse than the Alien franchise in terms of churning out horrible sequels. This movie comes 23 years after the original and rightfully ignores the other movies that came in-between.

A group of modern-day warriors are dropped into a mysterious jungle. The group consists of military-types, mob-enforcers, Yakuza, and serial killers. Each has their own weapon and their own style of killing. They hesitantly team up so they can find their way out of the jungle. What happens next is exactly what you expect/want to happen. Predators start hunting and killing them one by one.

Predators works because it doesn’t try to reinvent the franchise. It just uses the good stuff from the original and expands on it. That’s all. It has the suspense, the build-up, the action, and the bloodiness of the original. Instead of one Predator there are several, and it turns out the characters were sent to an alien world which is a big “game preserve” for the Predators. Their focus shifts from survival to getting the hell off the planet. They expanded the Predator mythology a bit to show there are two types of Predators and they don’t exactly get along. The human characters are able to use this to their advantage in order to resolve the fight against superior enemies in a logical fashion.

Overall, just about everything in this movie works. There is some questionable CGI but it isn’t used too much. A few of the characters should have lasted longer but died too soon (e.g. Danny Trejo). The final battle wasn’t much different than the final battle from the original movie. The action is plentiful but not overkill. The acting is pretty damn good including fun performances from Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, and Walton Goggins. And it uses musical cues from the original, which helps it to better tie in to the franchise as a whole.

Verdict: Good

Drive Angry

This movie stars Nicolas Cage as a man who literally escapes from Hell in order to get revenge on an evil cult.

Verdict: Awesome

What? You need more than that to justify the verdict? I thought that sentence alone would have done it.

OK, so, Drive Angry is cheesy action cinema at its best. Cage died some years ago. His daughter was murdered by a cult, and that same cult is going to kill his granddaughter as a sacrifice to the Devil. Cage knows all this is going on, because in Hell you see nothing but the suffering of your loved ones. So, he does what anyone would do: escape from Hell in a Buick Riveria (the Devil has good taste in cars), and track down the cult.

What happens next is a series of car chases, shoot-outs, and general mayhem. I was surprised at just how graphically violent this movie is. It doesn’t pull any punches in terms of showing us limbs being blown off, brutal beatings, and even Cage getting shot in the face. Yes, you read that correctly. The goofy, over-the-top violence works in the movie’s favor, firmly cementing in the viewer’s minds that this is a grindhouse movie, and should not be taken seriously. If that doesn’t become apparent to you by the time Cage kills bad guys while having sex, then it never will.

Drive Angry is the perfect movie for that person who loves bad movies. It is a tribute to shitty movies. And the special effects, directing, acting, and editing all are pretty good so you still feel like you’re watching a high-end Hollywood movie. If you’re a fan of action, violence, nudity, and, most importantly, Nicolas Cage, then you’ll like this movie.

Verdict: Awesome

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20 Responses to “Predators, Drive Angry”


  1. May 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I totally agree.

    What got into you? You’re so… sensible here, Brik! 😮 LOL

  2. May 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Haven’t seen Drive Angry, it kinda sounds like Shoot ’em up. I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who was pretty pleased with Predator. I was very worried about Brody trying to fill Arnold’s shoes. But over all it was pretty fun!

  3. May 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I enjoyed Predators, as well.

    I had no idea that was what Drive Angry was about. Never saw a trailer or anything. Never paid attention to it in any way. If I’m honest, I figured it was just a (even) shitty(ier) redo of Gone in 60 Seconds. Now I have to watch it.

  4. May 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Highly enjoy Predators. Glad you did too.

  5. 12 gazerbeam
    May 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Also, the Russian Machine Gunner in Predators was Oleg Taktarov, one of the earliest few UFC champs. He was part of the original formation of MMA as we know it.

    • 13 gazerbeam
      May 21, 2013 at 8:04 am

      And the strong-man-dude (Cung Le) in Pandorum was also an MMA fighter, but not for as long.

      Sucks he had to go and do that RZA fake samurai shit. So happy I never saw it, it was obviously going to be shit.

      • May 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

        I don’t follow MMA so I had no idea who that guy was. That’s kind of interesting. I haven’t seen “Man with the Iron Fists” either, but it looks pretty bad. Maybe just for the lulz?

      • 15 gazerbeam
        May 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

        Yeah, maybe. Maybe for the chicks, too.

        And if you ever think about it, I recommend.. “getting your hands on” the first, say, 20-ish UFC events before watching the new stuff (there have probably been 200 or so total events, but only numbered to 160). The early 90’s UFC was absolutely fantastic. Remember Bloodsport, with Jean Claude Van Damme? It was like that. Essentially no rules and always of questionable legality.

      • May 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

        I saw something like that from Japan way back in my high school days. Don’t know if it was early UFC or just some crazy underground shit. Either way, it did remind me of Bloodsport.

  6. May 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I still haven’t checked out Predators, which is a shame since I love the first two. AvP1 was quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen, so until this review I wasn’t too excited for it.

    • May 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

      AvP is absolutely the worst movie in the entire series. But Predators completely ignores all that shit, so you should feel free to give it a watch.

      • May 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

        I still remember from AvP: “It’s a hunters moon…. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” *They both laugh like the funniest joke in the history of talking was just dropped for an awkward length of time*


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