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Review: Ghost Rider
Filed in: TV & Movies.
Warning! Review may contain traces of spoilers.
On the weekend, I went to see Ghost Rider, the latest conversion of a Marvel comics hero to the big screen. I'm not really familiar with the comic version, so I don't know how comic-accurate the movie version was, but it was a pretty good film.
Itchy, burning scalp? Your head might be on fire.
Johnny Blaze is a young stunt rider who's father has just been diagnosed with cancer. Enter Mephistopheles, who offers the fellow a deal - his father's health in return for Johnny's soul. Johnny signs the contract, the devil erases dad's cancer and tells Johnny not to make any long-term plans.
Fast foward twenty years or so, and son of Satan is roaming Earth looking for a lost contract which will bestow him with many souls. The Devil is not happy at this and wants the contract for himself, so he activates Johnny as the Ghost Rider in order to fight Satan Jr and his elemental-based henchmen.
I quite enjoyed this movie...
Nicolas Cage is pretty good as the out-of-his-depth hero who transforms into a fiery skeleton at night. Johnny Blaze, unfortunately, doesn't seem to come across as very smart at times, but perhaps it's because Cage is playing a younger character than his age. Also kudos to Matt Long (young Johnny Blaze) for managing to do a pretty good impression of Nick Cage without it seeming like an impression of Nick Cage
Roxanne Simpson is the prototypical arse-kicking female love interest. Her primary role is to doubt Johnny's sanity, break up with him, then realise he was telling the truth all along and hook up with him again in time to be kidnapped by the villains. Eva Mendes did very well with the role, but utimately Roxanne is a bit of a cliché.
Fulfilling the role of the mentor is the Caretaker (Sam Elliott), who sounds like Johnny Cash and provides all the back story exposition. Unfortunately I saw the plot twist with this character some fifty miles away.
The bad guys are a mixed bunch - you've got:
Random other notes:
Posted April 2, 2007 9:03 PM
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