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Overall Rating
2.3

Awesome: 6.06%
Worth A Look: 15.15%
Average: 19.19%
Pretty Bad: 22.22%
Total Crap37.37%

9 reviews, 45 user ratings


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Ghost Rider
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by EricDSnider

"Guys with flaming skulls for heads: not as interesting as you'd think."
2 stars

You know, I've often remarked to myself that Nicolas Cage's over-the-top acting style is like that of a man whose head is on fire. And now here he is in "Ghost Rider," playing a man whose head is actually on fire. What's next? Keanu Reeves actually playing a block of wood?

Cage plays Johnny Blaze, which is the sort of name that can only be a comic book character or a porn actor, and Johnny is the former. He's a daredevil motorcyclist who, in the movie version of the story, sells his soul to the devil in order to save his father's life. He kind of signs the contract accidentally, though, and then his dad dies anyway, so it's really a bummer of a deal. The devil is played by Peter Fonda, but it's a cheesy enough role that Christopher Walken probably should have done it.

Anyway, ol' Mephistopheles keeps Johnny alive for many years (despite Johnny's frequent bike wrecks) and then comes a-callin' one day with a task. Seems the devil's son, Blackheart (Wes Bentley), and his three demonic cronies are looking for a particular contract for a particular batch of souls, and Dad doesn't want them to find it. So Johnny is transformed into Ghost Rider and sent to stop them.

When Johnny is Ghost Rider, his head becomes a burning skull, his torso becomes far more muscular than Nicolas Cage's torso has ever been, and his motorcycle is made of flames. He can crack burning chains like whips, and he can look into a bad guy's eyes and deliver such delightful pronouncements as "Your soul is stained by the blood of the innocent." You show me a man who can say that with a straight face, and I'll show you a man who has burning skull instead of a face.

Johnny doesn't really like having to do the devil's bidding, but his real enemy now is Blackheart, who wears a fitted black trenchcoat and smiles in a sinister fashion and generally behaves like the Goth kids you knew in high school, only gayer.

To complicate matters even further, Johnny is unexpectedly reunited with Roxanne (Eva Mendes), his girlfriend from long ago. She is now a TV news reporter for, I assume, The Cleavage Channel, and she still pines a little for the Johnny Blaze she knew all those years ago, the one whose head didn't catch on fire every night.

The film was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson, who did a similarly lame job with "Daredevil" a few years ago. That debacle had some amusing supporting characters, though; "Ghost Rider" is superficial and ridiculous in every way, with only Sam Elliott as a grizzled old cemetery caretaker doing anything memorable.

Cage seems to be enjoying himself, I'll say that much for him. The first time Johnny transforms into Ghost Rider, a process that involves being consumed with fire, Johnny is for some reason cackling like a maniac. Soon I was laughing, too, because who laughs when their head catches on fire? What actor would even think that having his character laugh in that situation would be a good idea? Nicolas Cage, ladies and gentlemen. Gotta love him.

But then the dialogue is full of garbage like this, spoken when Johnny encounters a demon made of wind: "Time to clear the air." Factor in Eva Mendes' hilariously unconvincing performance as the TV reporter, the convoluted and muddy storyline, and the general lack of thrills or excitement, and you've got yourself a big, silly comic book movie. Whoever the inept Mark Steven Johnson had to sell his soul to in order to get put in charge of two big comic adaptations, I hope it was worth it.

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originally posted: 02/19/07 21:00:44
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User Comments

1/31/16 Corbin West This movie is far from perfect, yes, but that just makes it more entertaining. 5 stars
9/02/14 Jeff wtf? 1 stars
4/04/12 Jason Coffman One of the worst comic book films ever. 1 stars
6/11/11 JEREMY Cage makes it worthwhile just because he's in it. 4 stars
7/20/08 Shaun Wallner One of my favorite Comic Books come to life! 5 stars
6/21/08 Raymond If someone says this pile of crap was good, then this someone is totally mentally retarded 1 stars
5/17/08 PAUL SHORTT AN ABYSMAL EXCUSE OF A FILM 1 stars
3/15/08 Juan Trailer trash who go see evil knevel type shit will have a ball! 1 stars
2/18/08 Tiffany Losco I thought it was a good movie, Corny at times. But I like corny. 4 stars
10/01/07 Andrew Kercher Cool SFX, but corny take on good vs. evil. Ho hum. 3 stars
9/28/07 Noelle Stephens With all the hype I expected more, though my hubby and kids liked it alot. 3 stars
9/09/07 Russ I thought it was pretty cool. 4 stars
9/07/07 Alexander In all honesty, this movie defines crap and if you say it was good; you have no taste 1 stars
8/24/07 lilmissfun terrible movie, absolutely awful! 1 stars
8/23/07 Quigley Nice effects, but still an amazingly crappy movie. Sam Elliott is awesome. 2 stars
7/28/07 Fred My god that was a bad movie, the worst wasted minutes of my life! 1 stars
7/26/07 MaDmAN Everything in this movie was lame except for Eva, sorry villains, fx, weak story SUCKS!!! 1 stars
7/06/07 Total Crap Mark Steven Johnson... kill yourself and stop making superhero movies, you ass! 1 stars
6/15/07 Delta At least Eva looked great. 1 stars
4/12/07 rimrhino Would have been better if Cage hadn't overdone the "staring down my arm as I point" thing. 3 stars
3/23/07 David Yes, it sucked. 1 stars
3/21/07 Keltie For just a random movie to see when there's nothing else to do, it was entertaining. 4 stars
3/20/07 dude I thought it was good 4 stars
3/09/07 zaw I liked it. It was pretty good Comic book movie 4 stars
2/28/07 Barbbara Wilson seen it with my 6 year old grandson,It wwas good for him, but to me it was just average 3 stars
2/28/07 Van Allen Shane Jr. FUCKIN SUCKED 1 stars
2/27/07 losermaker dont waste your money for this stupid movie 1 stars
2/25/07 Adam It was poo 2 stars
2/24/07 DarkFather Average special effects CANNOT save a crappy movie 1 stars
2/22/07 Ole Man Bourbon What it promises to be. Eva Mendes' cleavage vs Cage's wig is nice subplot. 3 stars
2/21/07 ghostrider if it is such a sucker of a movie, why is it place 1 in the us? I liked it and enjoyed it.. 5 stars
2/20/07 Browncoat These reviewers are so full of shit.When did some Freddy or Jason P.O.S. EVER have a plot? 5 stars
2/20/07 Joe Van Pelt Very dissappointing 1 stars
2/19/07 Jim Serviceable super-hero fluff. Eva Mendes's cleavage steals the movie. 4 stars
2/19/07 chris. fair to crappy action, some scenes looked like you were watching a movie preview. 2 stars
2/19/07 Marlon Brando The horror, the horror... 1 stars
2/19/07 Tiffany I like nicholas cage but thought this movie was dumb 3 stars
2/18/07 Steve B Action was great, Story line was ok. 3 stars
2/18/07 Bad Critic What the hell did I just see? Kill yourself instead and save yourself the agony. 1 stars
2/18/07 LordJiggy Any film that can make Donal Logue not funny has real problems. 2 stars
2/18/07 dravediggaz dis be da shiggity shizzit - fuck you white muthafuckazzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
2/18/07 Todd Why bother making a "comic book" movie if it's going to suck as bad as this one did? 1 stars
2/18/07 Booksworm I always can count on you guys to pan good movies. 5 stars
2/17/07 Donny M Saw it with Anthony^ Thought the same. 4 stars
2/17/07 Anthony G Movie was really good, special effects were insane, story was lacking but awesome action. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  16-Feb-2007 (PG-13)
  DVD: 12-Jun-2007

UK
  02-Mar-2007 (12A)
  DVD: 02-Jul-2007

Australia
  15-Feb-2007 (M)




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