Monday, 27 October 2014

Ghost Rider Review (Updated)

Ghost Rider

Release Date: 15th February 2007 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures
Crystal Sky Pictures
Marvel Entertainment

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 114 minutes
               123 minutes

Budget: $110,000,000

Box Office Gross: $228,738,393

Plot Summary
When the motorcyclist 
Johnny Blaze finds that his 
father Barton Blake has
a terminal cancer, he
accepts a pact with the
Mephistopheles, giving his
soul for the health of his
beloved father. But the devil
deceives him, and Barton 
dies in a motorcycle accident 
during an exhibition. Johnny 
leaves the carnival, his town, 
his friends and his girlfriend 
Roxanne. Years later Johnny 
becomes a famous motor-
cyclist, who risks his life in his 
shows, and he meets Roxanne 
again, now a TV reporter. 

However, Mephistopheles 
proposes Johnny to release his 
contract if he become the 
"Ghost Rider" and defeat his 
evil son Blackheart, who 
wants to possess one 
thousand evil souls and 
transform hell on Earth.

Nicolas Cage - Johnny Blaze/
Ghost Rider
Eva Mendes - Roxanne Simpson 
Wes Bentley - Blackheart
Peter Fonda - Mephistopheles 
Sam Elliott - The Caretaker
Donal Logue - Mack
Brett Cullen - Barton Blaze
Matt Long - Young Johnny Blaze
Rachel Aquissi - Young
Roxanne Simpson
Arthur Angel - Officer Edwards

Screen Story/Screenplay/
Director - Mark Steven Johnson
Based on Marvel Comic "Ghost 
Rider" - Gary Friedrich, Roy 
Thomas and Mike Ploog
Executive Producer/Producer - Avi Arad
Producers - Michael De Luca, Gary Foster and Steven Paul
Production Designer - Kirk M.
Costume Designer - Lizzy Gardiner
Director of Photography -
Russell Boyd
Stunt Coordinator - Glenn Boswell
Film Editor - Richard Francis-Bruce
Special Effects Supervisor - Peter Stubbs
Additional Creature Designer - Mark 'Crash' McCreery
Visual Effects Supervisor - Kevin Scott Mack
Visual Effects Supervisor: Cafe FX - John F.K. Parenteau
Animation Supervisor - Marco Marenghi
Music Supervisor - Dave Jordan
Music - Christopher Young

In 2012 when I first saw the movie GHOST RIDER on its introduction, my first choice should have been the another feature from Marvel, the violent-oriented THE PUNISHER. Unfortunately, I ended up watching GHOST RIDER and although I have watched some of Cage's previous work even his talented acting could not redeem this second rate trashy superhero film. Overtime, I happen to have acquired that movie in my collection along with few other of his known movies and usually his films are to a better standard than this, I was quite underwhelmed of its whole performance. This came out in the same year as SPIDER-MAN 3, they are both ambitious films of the genre that the critics judged as inferior and failures. Director Mark Steven Johnson has failed to immerse the audience of seeing a dark and supernatural world. Personally, I felt Johnson should have picked up his game after DAREDEVIL which is also a weak comic book movie.

Nicolas Cage should not be in this film, being a completely different style of interpretation which just did not seem to fit Cage's character and personality. The role of the Ghost Rider should have been given to a much better actor like the late Paul Walker or Cyclops' actor James Marsden. I do think Sam Elliott was enjoying his time in the movie as he has fun with his supporting role that is worthy of him. Unfortunately, the other secondary cast were out of touch of their roles and probably the least-favourites would be Peter Fonda and Wes Bentley of their posse of antagonists. Summing up the more unqualified aspects that disregards the feature of its supposedly dark flavour is the cheesily-written dialogue. 

This is just one of these less-distinctive movies I could barely watch again. I certainly will not worry about watching the sequel, so my recommendation to you is don't go borrowing it on Blu-ray and DVD.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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