Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ghost Rider (2007)

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Brett Cullen, Donal Logue, Wes Bentley, Peter Fonda

Barton and Johnny Blaze, Nicolas Cage, are a father son motorcycle stunt team.  Barton has terminal cancer, so Johnny makes a deal with Mephistopheles his soul for his father's health.  Barton is heal but dies in an accident during a show.  With Johnny grief stricken, he leaves town and his girlfriend, Roxanne, behind.  Many year later, Johnny is a motorcycle stuntman with nothing but death defying shows.  Before one of his shows, he runs into Roxanne, Eva Mendes, who is now a television reporter looking to interview the famous rider.  Mephistopheles, Peter Fonda, shows up and purposes Johnny defeats his son Blackheart for the release of his contract.   Blackheart,  Wes Bentley, wants to control the Earth and transform it to Hell, so Mephistopheles gives Johnny the power to become the Ghost Rider.

Now this one of the lesser popular of the Marvel films, since it was not included or even mentioned in any of the other movies.  The opening credits for the movie including the first scene were pretty cool.  It set the look and the mood for the entire movie.  It was not trying to take the more too serious.  They just wanted to have a cool movie to watch and they did.  When he turned into Ghost Rider, the backgrounds were mostly black, so the fire would glow even more brightly than normal.  The fight scene were simple but done well.  The Ghost Rider character itself did not look too cheesy, but what can you really expect.

The cast was another story all together.  The cast was good, so much better than I thought it would be.  When I heard that Nicolas Cage was going to play the main role, I immediately said no.  I'm not a big fan of his.  He did a good job in the role, so much better that I thought he would.  Eva Mendes would make a good stripper reporter, because she looks like one.  Sam Elliott had the best voice to do the narration.  He made the movie feel more like a western than anything else, but when his character shows up the western part of the movie is set in. 

I was so surprised by this movie.  It was so much better than I ever thought it could be.  If you haven't watched it give it a try.  I've seen a lot worse than this.  Enjoy.

Ghost Rider Trailer

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