Ghost Rider (2007)
Ghost Rider Plot Synopsis:When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze finds that his father Barton Blaze has terminal cancer, he accepts a pact with 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. Many years later, Johnny Blaze becomes a famous motorcyclist, who risks his life in his shows, and he meets Roxanne again, now a television 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.
Ghost Rider (2007) Review
Mark Steven Johnson directed Ghost Rider (2007) brings the supernatural Marvel Comics character Ghost Rider to the big screen played by Nicolas Cage; mixed feelings there already. Ghost Rider had an estimated movie budget of $110 million and squeezed $115.8 million at the US box office. Ghost Rider won a movie award and was nominated for 9 awards. One nomination was for a Razzie Award for worst actor, Nicolas Cage.
Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) was only a stunt-biking teenager when he sold his soul to the devil (Peter Fonda). Years later, Johnny is a world-renowned daredevil by day, but at night, he becomes the Ghost Rider of Marvel Comics legend. The devil’s bounty hunter, he is charged with finding evil souls on earth and bringing them to hell. But when a twist of fate brings Johnny’s long-lost love (Eva Mendes) back into his life, Johnny realizes he just might have a second chance at happiness-if he can beat the devil and win back his soul. To do so he’ll have to defeat Blackheart (Wes Bentley), the devil’s nemesis and wayward son, whose plot to take over his father’s realm will bring hell on earth-unless Ghost Rider can stop him.
Ghost Rider has a glaring issue that I will come back to in a moment. The visuals and special effects were great. I was wondering how the graphics team would render the flames and the chain scenes, but they were shot well. The pacing of the film was an issue, but that is usually the case where we have to tell an origin story. The plot was good, and the duel evils was a good play. The chemistry between Nicholas Cage and Eva Mendes is something we have seen so many times in other films, and that draws you out of the movie a little too.
Finally, Nicholas Cage is a big concern here. Cage, for the most part, did a good job but then does his regular Cage fits of acting and that is what you remember when you watch the film. It is no surprise; Cage is sometimes his own worst enemy in films.
I am a Marvel Comics movie fanboy, so I gave this Ghost Rider movie a 6 out of 10, but for many non-fans, you may rate this film an average score. Do not let Cage spoil your experience because all other aspects of the film are actually very watchable.
- Ghost Rider Rating Scores
- Our Score: 6
- Overall Score: 4.57
- IMDB: 5.2
- MetaCritic: 3.5
- Rotten Tomatoes: 2.7
About Ghost Rider 2007
Runtime: 114 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Total Avg. Votes: 204,071
Ghost Rider Writers: Mark Steven Johnson
Ghost Rider Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Box Office: $115,802,596
Production: Sony Pictures
Country: USA, Australia