Ghost Rider Review
Country : USA
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Running Time: 114 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Deals with the Devil can go sour, as a motorcycle stuntman finds out when he trades his soul to save a loved one from death, only to be cheated and transformed into fiery cyclist from the nether regions....
Written and Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Starring Nicholas Cage, Peter Fonda Wes Bentley, Eva Mendes, Matthew Long and Donal Logue.
You know, I loved this flick. Yes, overzealous at
times to the point of hokey -- in either visual or
circumstance, but mostly the picture is determined as
Ghost Rider himself to do the right thing. Though they
both make a few mistakes at times, I enjoyed, believed
in, and respected them as well.
Based on the Marvel comic series. A motorcycle
stuntman, Johnny Blaze, makes a pact with the Devil
himself, selling his soul to save his father. When the
bargain goes sour and dad dies anyway, Blaze is
transformed, gaining raging superpowers.
The action sequences in this film are strong and
approach the "thrill" factor of those in Spider-man.
And the sound hits on the audio track crunch that
action into something you can feel (like the way
Johnny Blaze rides) first and foremost, this film is
sharply sleekly perfectly edited. Kudos to
writer/director Mark Steven Johnson and editor Richard
Francis-Bruce for that.
Initially, I'd thought Nicolas Cage (who I am NOT a
fan of at all) was an odd cast for a superhero, but he
plays the role of Johnny Blaze "the Rider" with great
strength and vulnerability. His internal struggle
(justice or vengeance?) drives the film. That and his
attraction to his childhood sweetheart Roxanne Simpson
played by the gorgeous Eva Mendes. Wes Bentley does a
good job as the opposing force/Devil's son Blackheart.
Not to mention, the F/X are outstanding! I also saw
this in DLP, which for me, is the only way to watch
films from now on. It is what CGI was made for
Unfortunately, all the dots don't quite connect, and
an otherwise fun action ending doesn't satisfy as
squarely. Still, I like this comic book hero,
grittier. The film does a great job of showing us how
he came to be and how he is still coming to be. Yes,
Blaze is a nut who watches a lot of TV, eats jelly
beans out of a martini glass, and listens to the
Carpenters, but those minor details were not enough to
spoil anything for me. In fact, I thought those
elements were great. But then again, I have never
read one issue of Ghost Rider, so comic book dorks
start typing up your hate mail. The film draws the
audience in with its confidence, Blaze's burden and
that childhood movie magic that even some of us adults
still love to buy into.
I just have to give Ghost Rider the Pit of Horror seal
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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com