Drive Angry

Music Composed by: Michael Wandamacher

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the action film Drive Angry, Nicholas Cage is John Milton a criminal who has broken out of Hell to avenge the death of his daughter and her husband and save his kidnapped granddaughter from cult leader Jonah King (Billy Burke).  He enlists the aid of a tough as nails waitress named Piper (Amber Heard) who sports a G9 Charger and an axe to grind.  The two are pursued by The Accountant (William Fichtner) who has been sent to settle Hellís debts by returning Milton to Hell.  Milton has just three days to avenge his daughterís death and save his granddaughter, but with The Accountant on his heels, movie-goers better fasten their seatbelts - itís gonna be a bumpy ride!

            The musical score of Drive Angry was created by Michael Wandmacher, a composer known for his ability to blend symphonic music with cutting edge electronica, rock and hip-hop.  His feature film scoring credits include a host of films in varying genre such as Cry Wolf, Train, The Legend of the Drunken Master, Piranha 3D, television movies like Ben 10: Alien Swarm and video games like Singularity, Madagascar and Over the Hedge.

            Drive Angry was considered a box office flop, opening in ninth place and having the distinction of having the second least opening for a 3D film.  There are a variety of reasons as to why this movie was a flop, but it wasnít for lack of an exciting musical score.  Drive Angry features one helluva rocking soundtrack.  Granted, there are some quieter moments in the film - scenes when John Miltonís pain and anguish shine through.  These scenes feature pianos and acoustic guitars with a sad tinge to them.  But the rest of the album is a rocking, adrenaline-pumping electric guitar riff and heavy percussion dream worthy of the action film drama.

            Michael Wandamacher created the perfect soundtrack for an action film with some dramatic underscoring.  Rock fans will love the guitar riffs and can appreciate the beauty of the acoustic guitar appearances.  But be forewarned: Do not listen to the Drive Angry Soundtrack while operating a vehicle.  The music contained in this soundtrack may induce lead-footed gas pedal operation and an urge for a need for speed, especially during tracks like Full Frontal Shotgun, Mass vs. Acceleration and Road Raging.  If you should experience any of these Drive Angry symptoms, consult your classical music section right away and all should be right with the world again.


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