Gary Thompson: 'Drive Angry' another Cage vehicle that doesn't ride well

David Morse (left) and Nicolas Cage star in "Drive Angry."
David Morse (left) and Nicolas Cage star in "Drive Angry."
Posted: June 03, 2011

"DRIVE ANGRY" is not a sequel to "Changing Lanes." It's another Nicolas Cage movie that did not screen for critics, and did not make a heck of a lot of money.

Cage is an angry driver out to kill the cultists who murdered his daughter. He's not looking for the guy who killed his career, which would be Cage himself. Although if he made another "Bad Lieutenant" with Werner Herzog, I'd be right there.

For a more nuanced leading-man performance, try Javier Bardem in "Biutiful." He plays a dying single dad trying to ensure some sort of future for his two kids. It's another globally focused ensemble drama from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who oftens strays from credibility, but counts on Bardem here to keep the movie anchored. Bardem was nominated for an Oscar, well-deserved.

There's also indie provocatuer Gregg Araki's "Kaboom."

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