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|Ghost Rider |
Actors: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Matt Long, Raquel Alessi
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Genres: Action & Adventure
A motorcycle stuntman becomes a fire wielding demon.
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Michael R. from CHEYENNE, WY
Reviewed on 8/18/2009...
Spare yourself this version. Suck it up and get the standard DVD WITHOUT the 'extended cut' tacked on; you'll have a better time. There isn't a single scene added here that wasn't cut for a good reason, and YOU CAN'T SKIP 'EM! No regular version is included. This is the first 'director's cut' version of a film I've ever seen that flat out ruined the movie for me. Don't buy it. Don't rent it. Don't waste two swap credits on it!!!
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Worth Seeing for Comic Fans
P. Fry | 04/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To clarify, I've never read this exact comic. But I think one could assume that this was a good comic/movie rendering, a simple plot without being old and recycled. The Mephistopheles character seeks out and tricks the hero, a daredevil motorcyclist from the carnival named Johnny Blaze, and he is subsequently sent to fight against other rival "baddies" of the underworld in the service of the Bug Guy. So in a sense he becomes the devil's slave even in a fight against evil.
The effects are great. The transformation of the motor-cycle and the hero's head into a burning skull are very convincing. Also noteworthy is the effect whereby he can use his power to cause a human-being to come face to face with all the evil things he has done in his life. The action is somewhat over the top, but mostly in the zone for a super-natural thriller. Johnny is invincible when he is the Ghost Rider, of course, and fighting against virtually indestructible foes will cause major damage to the landscape.
Casting was superb. Cage was a great pick for the Johnny Blaze, the understated soft-spoken daredevil. The love story aspect is a little flat, hence the 4-stars. Although both women playing Johnny's girl-friend are picture-perfect as ideal comic book babes, Eva Mendes isn't given much in the way of a script which is the main reason her character loses in the depth department. So it's no Spiderman II story-wise. Sam Elliot is tremendously fun to watch if you like him because he is basically playing Sam Elliot; he's pretty much reprising his last 6 or so tough guy cowboy roles, which he always does masterfully."
The Spirit of Vengeance rides again!
OAKSHAMAN | Algoma, WI United States | 06/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes a flaming skull can be the mask of an avenging angel.
First of all I admit that I am a long time fan of the Ghost Rider comic series. I waited for this movie to get made for years- through all the delays. Now that it has been made I am not disappointed. I thought that this was a very good job of writing, acting, casting, and special effects.
The first thing you have to realize is that this is a morality play. The Rider is the Spirit of Vengeance. He instantly knows the guilty from the innocent. His greatest weapon is his ability to make criminals feel their victims pain through his "penance stare." He is supposed to be disturbing, upsetting, frightening. If you have a problem with paying for your crimes then you are going to have a problem with the Rider...
I especially liked the tribute to the original western Ghost Rider (excellently played by Sam Elliot) and his tie in to the mythos of the Johnny Blaze incarnation. It was so appropriate to use the old "Ghost Riders in the Sky" theme here for it was the original inspiration for the character.
I wouldn't hesitate to allow children to watch this, but I would watch with them and explain it. Blaze made a deal with the devil, but he did it for unselfish, sacrificial reasons. And while the devil got his soul, he didn't get his spirit. The Ghost Rider is darkness in the service of light. He willed himself from the devil's bounty hunter to his greatest nemesis on earth. He owned his curse and turned the devil's power against him. And the Rider never, ever harms the innocent.
Yeah, I liked the craftsmanship and I liked the message- a lot.
Oh so very very bad that it is painful to watch!
Get What We Give | Georgia | 07/12/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If Ghost Rider doesn't win a Razzy Award for Worst Picture of 2007, then there is something wrong. It is bad with a capital B!
Ghost Rider completed filming back in 2005, but it was shelved because the studio didn't believe the film was good enough to be released. Apparently a lot of editing was done and a great deal of the film was scuttled, resulting in the disaster that was presented in 2007. Whenever a film sits gathering dust for that long, you can be pretty certain that it is not going to be very good.
Nicolas Cage (who looks like he has a 50 year old's head on a 30 year old's body) absolutely chews up the scenery with such a bad acting job, attempting to channel Elvis Presley. In one scene he goes through some sort of Bad Acting 101 display as he dramatically and very slowly (not in slow motion though) raises his arm and points (but doesn't use the single index finger that most of us would use) and then utters the brilliantly scripted: "Yoooooooooooooooooooooou" as he speaks to Peter Fonda who laughably plays the devil.
Cage was never secretive about his desire to play this character. Apparently he has been a fan of the comic for a long time. He must have put up some of the money for the film, because that can be the only explanation for the lousy performance. There's no reason for his character to speak like Elvis (and he isn't consistent in delivering it that way either).
The special effects are cool in some scenes, but the battle scenes are really a let down. I've seen better in video games. Even the transformation from man to Ghost Rider is not exciting. It looks fake (which, I'll grant you is really misleading since no such creature exists. However, Marvel has done a great job with XMen and the Fantastic Four in creating films that incorporate the real world into their mythos). That said, the transformation should have been more dramatic and less drawn out.
Cage's rug is its own character. And that brings to surface something really creepy about this film. Cage playing the title character. Never mind that he's about thirty years older than the character is supposed to be. Never mind that he overacts so badly that you feel compelled to turn away from the screen. It's the fact that he looks so very very old. His face is craggy and his pores look huge. He actually looks like he is ill: his body ripped with sinewy muscle, but his face drawn and sallow.
Eva Mendes doesn't so much act as she moves around a bit and smiles and delivers a line.
Wes Bentley resurfaces from previously committing career suicide (he insulted Harvey Weinstein of Miramax and threw prima donna tantrums on the set of The Four Feathers, garnering Weinstein's wrath to the point of being exiled from A list films)and plays one of the devil's sons: Blackheart. Bentley once said he would never be caught dead in a special effects film, because he was a "serious actor". Well, he's right about one thing: he is serious....seriously bad. Bentley phones in his performance and seems about as menacing as a Chatty Cathy doll.
Maybe there were supposed to be better special effects added that never happened. Maybe there was a better film that ended up on the cutting room floor. Maybe there really is a man in the moon. Who cares? It doesn't matter about the maybes, because the film that we see in this DVD is so bad that it should have remained on the shelf."