Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 2011. Summit Entertainment, Millennium Films, Michael De Luca Productions, Saturn Films. Screenplay by Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier. Cinematography by Brian Pearson. Produced by Rene Besson, Michael De Luca, Adam Fields. Music by Michael Wandmacher. Production Design by Nathan Amondson. Costume Design by Mary E. McLeod. Film Editing by Devin C. Lussier, Patrick Lussier.
There’s just the right level of grindhouse craziness in this wholly diverting indulgence, starting with the terrific performance by Nicolas Cage and right on through the exploitative violence and fully ludicrous premise. So much does Cage love his family that, years after his death, he gets into his car and literally breaks out of hell to get back to earth. His mission is to save his granddaughter from the menace of a cult leader who is responsible for the death of his beloved daughter years earlier, and thanks to some impressive firepower from down below there’s not that much to get in his way. Thankfully for us, lots of people try, and watching as he cleans up the trashiest towns in the South on his way to the showdown with the bad guy makes for delicious, nearly campy fun (including a scene where he shoots a thousand bad guys without pulling out of the woman he is having sex with). Cage seems to know exactly what he’s doing in this one, taking his work but not himself seriously, while the bad visual effects only contribute further to the carnival ride.