You don't watch a Nic Cage film for the acting. You watch it for the overacting. Except for 'Face Off' where he did a wonderful job of playing Travolta playing him. So he has the ability. It's just that crazy is good for these action films. Another title for this film could be 'Fucking and Killing'.
Patrick Lussier isn't a good enough writer or director to make this movie wink at you and be awesome at the same time, so William Fitchner does all the winking for him. The awesomeness only shows up when he calms down and stops trying to be so fucking cool. Confused yet? Try watching the movie. It's a very conflicting experience. This script in Tarantino's hands = what Death Proof should have been.
I'm a sucker for Grindhouse homages, but I didn't care too much for this. Maybe it was the direction, the screenplay, or Cage, but it all felt liked sort of a sour, tongue in cheek tribute. Almost like it was more of a lampoon than a tribute.
Nicolas Cage. I will tolerate intolerable crap from this man, and then happily shovel down seconds: "Drive Angry," case in point. But I loved every minute of it. It truly takes a collection of vastly talented individuals to make a film this unnecessary.
I'm starting to get a handle on Nicolas Cage: he knows these films are bad, but he's cashing in on the camp. (It only took me about twenty years to figure this out. Stay tuned for more insightful commentary.)
Academy award winner Nicolas Cage gives a career-defining performance as Milton, the hard-boiled vigilante from Hell (literally!) on a quest to save his daughter from the clutches of an evil cult! Truly groundbreaking special effects that are frankly so realistic that I had to catch my breath. A must see for any film fan.