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Ghost Rider (2007)


3/10: Supernatural Skullduggery of a Superficial Sort
Saturday, June 16, 2007

You know a $120 million plus movie is in big trouble when the most entertaining character appears in only one scene. Moreover, she defies the status quo ideal of the Hollywood babe. Rebel Wilson plays an overweight Goth chick that "Ghost Rider" saves from a vicious mugger. During a TV news interview, she describes her rescuer and flutters her fingers around her head to illustrate the flames that engulfed Ghost Rider's bone-white skull. Clever, off-beat and hilarious as this memorable scene is, "Daredevil" writer-director Mark Steven Johnson fails to deliver anything as comparatively fresh and spontaneous in his big-screen adaptation of "Ghost Rider," essentially supernatural skullduggery of a superficial sort. No, I haven't read the Marvel Comic, but what I have seen in them surpasses anything in the 110-minute, PG-13 rated Columbia Pictures' release. Altogether, "Ghost Rider" suffers chiefly from hackneyed writing, lackluster villains, and pointless action scenes. "Ghost Rider" lacks the...

5/10: Enjoyable comic book adaptation
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ghost Rider starts as the teenage daredevil motorbike stunt rider Johnny Blaze (Matt Long) discovers that his father Barton Blaze (Brett Cullen) is suffering from incurable cancer, a complete stranger named Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) offers Johnny a deal that will cure his father of cancer. In return for his father's health Mephistopheles who is in fact the devil wants Johnny's soul, Johnny agrees & signs a contract. The very next day & Johnny's father is cured but dies in a motorbike accident later that morning, devastated Johnny dumps his girlfriend Roxanne (Raquel Alessi) & goes it alone. Years later & the adult Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is now a motorbike daredevil superstar & travels the country risking life & limb in ever increasingly dangerous stunts. Meanwhile Mephistopheles son Blackheart (Wes Bentley) wants to rule the world & goes in search of the Contract of San Venganza which contains the soul's of the hundred most evil people that ever lived which will give him...

3/10: Pretty awful
Thursday, July 21, 2016

I watch a lot of B-movies and have seen a lot of bad films. The two go hand in hand and I'm pretty used to the latter; bad films can usually be entertaining as long as they don't ever become boring – the cardinal sin of movie-making in my book. Unfortunately, this latest comic book extravaganza is exactly that, one long, bloated and boring mess that has virtually no redeeming features whatsoever to recommend it. I'm getting pretty tired with the new spate of comic book adaptations; sure the likes of SPIDER-MAN and even DAREDEVIL were fun to begin with, and I'll always enjoy Frank Miller's work, but even the 'good' new ones still feel bloated and soulless. GHOST RIDER must be the very nadir, a film that ties with FANTASTIC FOUR for sheer godawful-ness, and the only interest that can come from watching it is seeing Nicolas Cage's career in...

7/10: Raise no more devils than you can lay down
Monday, July 16, 2007

You know how you can watch a super hero flick and be disappointed over how cheesy the hero's powers looked? At least with "Ghost Rider", you get the real deal. The CGI effects could not have been better to capture one's imagination of how the Marvel comic character should appear on the big screen. That goes for both the 'modern' motorcycle riding Ghost Rider and the original Western hero created by writer Dick Ayers. As for the story, it's a somewhat clichéd premise that fortunately doesn't put the entire world at risk, only a small town known as San Venganza whose souls are held captive by the devil's contract and are fervently sought by the son of Mephistopheles. Through it all, you'll get some mileage out of a device known as the Penance Stare, and one liners that would do a comic book proud, like the Caretaker (Sam Elliott) to Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage...

7/10: Once Ghost rider shows up this is a great deal of fun
Monday, September 3, 2007

Clunky comic adaptation is some where toward the middle of the pack of big screen comic stories. After the set up of young Johnnie Blaze selling his soul to save his dad, the story jumps ahead to Johnnie as supreme motorcycle daredevil. He reunites with his childhood sweetheart (left because of guilt over what happened to his dad) just as Mephistopheles returns to have Johnnie fulfill his end of the bargain. Blaze must stop Blackheart from getting a contract for 1000 souls which will result in hell on earth. Mephistopheles sweetens the pot by promising Johnnie his freedom if he completes the task. And with that Ghost Rider is reborn.After a slow set up the movie kicks into high gear with the first appearance of Ghost Rider. Here we have the comic come to life and its fun on a purely comic level. This is not the deep musing of Spiderman, the solid novel like quality of Batman Begins...

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