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Director Mark Steven Johnson's 2007 film loosely based on the Marvel comic book antihero.

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Faustus on Wheels

  • Jun 13, 2007
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Drawing from 'Big Marvel' comics and the ancient myth of 'Faust,' 'Ghost Rider' trail blazes hell on earth. With new dimensions in firey visuals, the movie gives us a lot to look at. With semi-decent performances, the story skids over the "sell your soul to the devil" paradigm with a lot of pondering and repetition. Sometimes it's entertaining; at other times profound, but too often the movie pauses and loses its cohesive tension. Not that 'Ghost Rider' is meant to be great drama. It is a comic book, yet mostly it comes off as stylish if not insipid in its development.

Motorcycle stunt rider, Johnny Blaze, is approached by Mephisto (Peter Fonda) one night while commiserating over his co-star father's terminal cancer. Offering a deal he can't refuse, Johnny doesn't so much consent as he does bleed over a written contract that is binding as hell on earth. Loving the crowd's admiration as a sort of Evel Kneivel of the ault years, Mephisto covets Johnny to be the devil's own bounty hunter for hell's escaped souls and a weapon against his own son's treasonous attempts to overthrow his reign. While Johnny's nocturnal escapades make him seem like he's just going for the ride, his willful track is to bond with his girlfriend, Roxanne (Eva Mendes). Meanwhile, narrator/cowboy, Carter Slade (Sam Elliott) may have the key he's looking for to find an escape clause.

'Ghost Rider' is enough of a spectacle to please an audience, but the story takes grand elements and makes a mediocre blend. It can be funny (To unwind Johnny guzzles down pots of coffee while listening to The Carpenters.) Besides impressive combat scenes, it never really comes together.

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review by . June 14, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
* out of ****    Johnny Blaze (played by Matt Long as a teenager and Nicholas Cage as an adult) was but a young man when he made a dirty deal with the devil, Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda, clueless and joyless). A son to a father sick with cancer brought on from smoking too many cigarettes, he worked in the carnival business as an apprentice to his dad. Both were motorcycle stuntmen; and both were damn good at what they did too. Johnny's talents had landed him a girlfriend named …
review by . November 09, 2009
As most Marvel comic book adaptions go there almost always great and have some amazing depth of character, heart and power  to drive the complex story of an ordinary man put in an extraordinary situation. While  Ghost Rider  has  heart  and power it lacks the depth of character and   skill to properly tell the story of  one of Marvels not so likable  anti-hero's.            Ghost Rider boast a powerful and driven …
review by . April 29, 2009
Having heard all the bad critical reviews when this film was in the theater I didn't go to see it. Since I make it a point to see all Marvel movies I waited for it to come out on disc. I wish I had seen it in the theater because it was a good film and I missed out on the special effects of seeing it on the big screen.       The beginning of the film is like a Twilight Zone episode as Johnny Blaze makes a deal with the devil to save his father. Of course the deal comes with a …
review by . May 01, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Good effects, decent action, Sam Elliot is always awesome     Cons: Pacing felt weird, setting randomness, easy kills, awkward characters     The Bottom Line: It wasn't done quite right, even I know that, and I've never even read the comics.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Ever since the Spiderman and X-Men movies, Marvel characters have been springing up all over the big screen. This time …
review by . August 09, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
This will probably be the shortest review I've ever written because I'm laughing and applauding so hard--so uncontrollably, I can't quit shaking or still my hands long enough to type!     I know, I know! Ghost Rider (Full Screen Edition) is a supernatural thriller and a decent one at that, so I'm not supposed to laugh. I assure you, I'm not laughing AT the movie, I'm ROTFLMAO with DELIGHT at the animation, graphics, and special effects. The fiery visuals lit my fire! Spontaneous …
review by . February 04, 2009
Ya know, CGI has come a long way and you would expect a movie like Ghost Rider to take advantage of that and make this movie look good.  Instead it really did look fake.  I thought I was watching a cartoon whenever he turned into the Rider.  Plus, they just made the Rider part of Blaze cheesy as hell.  There are just some comics that I don't think should be made into movies and this was one of them.  I pray there isn't a sequel.    As far as a plot, there …
review by . December 19, 2008
Ghost Rider is not so much a superhero movie as a folktale western, which is very cool. The script is great for the most part, though there are many unnecessary lines and speeches, but overall it is very good. The visuals are mind blowing, the locations for all the scenes are perfect, the performances by Cage, Elliot, and Bentley are terrific, and the cinematography is GORGEOUS.  I would like to see a sequel, which obviously will happen with the great opening it has had.   Sam …
review by . May 04, 2008
Pros: See Review     Cons: See Review     The Bottom Line: Ghost Rider is a lazy film that is regrettably uninterested in it characters, and equally as uninterested in its audiences ability to tell a turkey from a swan.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Hasn’t the Marvel Comic Books stable of hero’s ran out yet? Apparently not; queue Ghost Rider (2007), a movie that when the credits rolled …
review by . April 05, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Nicholas Cage plays Johnny Blaze; a motorcycle stuntman who sells his soul to Mephistopheles to save his father from dying of terminal cancer. His father is killed in a tragic motorcycle accident during an exhibition. So distraught Johnny leaves his home, the carnival and his girlfriend Roxanne, to start a new life. A few years later Mephistopheles strikes a deal with Blaze to release give him back his soul as long as Johnny becomes the Ghost Rider by night. The Ghost Rider is a fiery demon bent …
review by . June 21, 2007
Having heard all the bad critical reviews when this film was in the theater I didn't go to see it. Since I make it a point to see all Marvel movies I waited for it to come out on disc. I wish I had seen it in the theater because it was a good film and I missed out on the special effects of seeing it on the big screen.    The beginning of the film is like a Twilight Zone episode as Johnny Blaze makes a deal with the devil to save his father. Of course the deal comes with a catch. …
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The prophetically named Johnny Blaze and his father perform death-defying stunts in a carnival, but the real danger to his dad's life is the cancer growing within his dying body. To save him, Johnny makes a deal with Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda, EASY RIDER) and sacrifices his soul. When his father is killed mid-stunt, Johnny runs away, leaving behind his grief and a young love named Roxanne. Years later, Johnny (Nicolas Cage, WORLD TRADE CENTER ) is the most famous rider in the country. Despite his daredevil tendencies, Johnny is a different man when he's not riding his bike. Though he wears leather jackets and pants, he prefers jelly beans to Jim Beam while listening to the Carpenters. Years have passed since Johnny has seen the love of his life, but he still carries a torch for Roxanne (Eva Mendes, HITCH). When he sees her after a stunt, he tries to regain her love and trust. But it's time for the devil to take his due as he brings Johnny into an epic battle with Blackheart (Wes Bentley, AMERICAN BEAUT...
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