Last night I watched two movies: Gattica and Drive Angry.
Gattica was a movie of ideas and message, a near future science fiction story with a very Brave New World feel. The main character, Ethan Hawke, is born the old fashioned way in a world that is becoming increasingly focused on genetic engineering and eugenics. As a “non-valid,” the Hawke character is deemed fit for only manual or menial labor, but he dreams of more and ‘buys’ the identity of a “Valid.”
Drive Angry was almost a live action cartoon. The main character, Nicholas Cage, escapes from hell to save his granddaughter from being used in a Satanic ritual to bring hell to earth. There are fast cars, gratuitous nudity, and various numbers of explosions and gory deaths. Cage teams up with a young woman who is driving a 440 Magnum Charger, and is pursued by “the Accountant,” who is the death character and who wants to return Cage to hell.
I liked both movies. On the down side, Gattica was quite slow moving and made the future look very staid, boring, and respectable. Maybe that will be true; I don’t know. Drive Angry had some pretty ridiculous looking special effects during the climactic battle scene. Generally, though, both movies met the goal of keeping me interested.
Overall, I have to say I enjoyed Drive Angry a little more. And one reason was the young female co-star. Besides exhibiting the required level of attractiveness, she got the best lines in the movie and could conduct herself believably in a fight. In fact, she voiced what has now become my current favorite tough “guy” line in the movies. When the villain told her in his southern drawl that: “I’m going to kill you, and then desecrate your corpse.” She responded with, “Well, between now and then, I’m gonna fuck you up.”
Now there’s a line I wish I’d written.