Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley,
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Day: 15 Feb 2007
motorcycle stuntman named Johnny Blaze sells his soul to a
dark force to save the life of his father. When the pact goes
awry, Blaze becomes a fiery demon like entity who takes out
his wrath on bad guys.
Joining the ranks of Marvel’s comic book movie
franchise along with the likes of X-Men, Spiderman and Fantasic
Four, Ghost Rider blazes into our cinemas this week with the
explicit intent of wowing the audiences with a dark adventure
thriller packed with an engaging storyline, fast-paced action
scenes, excellent cast and great CGI.
and director of 2003’s Daredevil, Mark Steven Johnson
returns to Marvel universe to do the same for Ghost Rider.
Tweaking some of the original facts, Johnson manages to keep
the movie version fairly true to the comic book. The script
ensures that the plot keeps up a good pace with the right
mix of humour and sinister moments, with fiery action sequences
to keep the edge on. He also makes sure to place in several
key character-driven scenes to give the characters enough
depth to get the audiences rooting for them.
Versatile Academy Award-winning actor Nicholas Cage takes
on the lead role of Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, and boy, he
does not disappoint. Sporting a well-toned physique that will
get the ladies gawking, he also sports the perfect attitude
and charm well fitted for the character. Watching him transform
from man to skull blazing bounty hunter is a rush on its own
as Cage morphs from an expression of intense pain with skin
peeling and burning to that of maniacal pleasure in the form
of a fiery cranium.
cast worth mentioning is Eva Mendes, who plays teenage sweetheart
Roxanne Simpson, is a pleasure to watch on screen with her
beauty and feisty disposition. And Wes Bentley, best known
for his role in American Beauty, portrays the villainous Blackheart
with an appropriate amount of vile and viciousness that does
not go overboard.
effects are applied correctly with a good cast and script,
the result of excellent story telling illustrates itself,
and that is what took place with this movie. The CGI and special
effects were brilliant and audiences will be glad to know
that not everything was CGI. The cinematography was breathtaking
and surprisingly good for a comic action adventure thriller.
The only shortcoming of this film is the lack of screen time
for audiences to have the benefit of watching more of Johnny
Blaze and the legend of the Ghost Rider. Also, with the amount
of dark stuff going on, it might not be such a good idea to
bring kids below 13 to watch this.
end of it all, far from being a cheesy and clichéd
comic book action movie, the Ghost Rider proves itself to
be one hell of a thrill ride, certainly worth the journey.
Audiences can only hope that a sequel will be soon in the
works and the Ghost Rider will be back on his hell wheels
to give us more.
(An excellent popcorn quality movie everyone above 13 should
catch, this comic book action adventure thriller is pure entertaining
by Jolene Tan