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Ghost Rider (PG-13)





Release Date: February 16th, 2007 by Columbia Pictures.
The Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue, Peter Fonda.
Directed by Mark Steven Johnson.


BASIC PREMISE: Johnny Blaze (Cage) sells his soul to Mephistopheles (Fonda) and becomes Satanís bounty hunter.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Ghost Rider has plenty of loud action sequences and special effects, but sinks into absurdity with mediocre acting and a weak script. Johnny runs into his childhood sweetheart, Rosy (Mendes), who doesnít know he has a secret identity as Satanís bounty hunter, a.k.a. Ghost Rider, once the sun goes down. He and Rosy have zero chemistry together. Ghost Rider looks ludicrous as a flaming skeleton riding a motorbike as he fights Blackheart (Bentley) and other members of Satanís crew. Watching these action scenes and others feels like youíre watching a violent video game. Johnny finds a cemetery caretaker (Elliot) who explains everything to him in precise detail is as if he canít figure it out everything on his own. Unfortunately, Nicholas Cage gives a disappointing performance as the unappealing, dull Ghost Rider. Wes Bentley delivers some unintentionally funny one-liners and comes across as nothing more than a generic bad guy. Sam Elliot and Peter Fonda are the only two actors who seem at least somewhat believable in their roles. Ultimately, Writer/director Mark Steven Johnson makes a big mistake by overwhelming the film with expensive CGI effects and not spending enough effort to improve the script and strengthen the plot, which feels tedious and underwhelming. At a running time of nearly 2 hours, Ghost Rider overstays its welcome.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8

IN A NUTSHELL: TV


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