A trio of stridently weird performances — from Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner, and David Morse — brighten this otherwise rote actioner, in which a dead truck driver (Cage) breaks out of hell to rescue his granddaughter from a Satanic cult. Despite the unhinged playing and some good stunt work, this mostly feels like a big-budget update of Seventies exploitation trash, dry-cleaned of the regional character and hand-worn feel that made some of those films crudely endearing. The movie was shot in 3-D to enhance a few CGI sequences; they come off as less cynical and synthetic than the script's blithe misanthropy.
Patrick Lussier directed. (104 min.)
Director: Patrick Lussier
Producer: Michael De Luca, René Besson, Adam Fields, Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Joe Gatta, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, Charlotte Ross, Christa Campbell, Tom Atkins, Katy Mixon, Jack McGee, Todd Farmer and David Morse