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Ghost Rider - Extended Cut [2007] - £12.98

Once intended as a feature for Johnny Depp, the long-germinating feature film adaptation of Marvel Comics' cult title Ghost Rider stars Nicolas Cage as motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, who transforms into a skull-faced angel of vengeance to battle the forces of evil. Though perhaps a bit too mature for the role, Cage brings a degree of humour to the outrageous proceedings; he's well matched by the Easy Rider himself Peter Fonda, amusingly cast as Mephistopheles, the demon with whom Blaze strikes a bargain to save his father, and in turn, causes his transformation into Ghost Rider. Wes Bentley is also fine as Blackheart, the rebellious offspring of Mephistopheles, and Blazes' chief opponent in the film. They're joined by a solid supporting cast which includes Donal Logue, Eva Mendes, and Sam Elliott, but their participation and a relentless barrage of CGI effects can't hide the fact that the story itself, though largely faithful to its comic origins, is rife with clichéd characterizations and glum B-movie dialogue. Fans of the venerable title may cry foul over this adaptation (as they did over helmer Mark Steven Johnson's previous comic-to-movie feature, Daredevil), but less stringent viewers may enjoy the fiery visuals and Cage's typically quirky performance. --Paul Gaita

Customer reviews (av rating: 3.0):

Rating: 2:
dud from down under :
most reviews pretty-well pan GHOST RIDER. Well, don't blame Hollywood for this one; for some reason the big stars came all the way to Melbourne to make this ovber the weekend. And it shows. Nicholas cage has gone a little j Depp in his movies - without the pizzaz - his new one "Next" is also a complete waste of time. But you guys over there are good at it .."Hot Fuzz" being an example of ENTERTAINMENT.

Rating: 1:
Abysmal : Poor acting, mis-cast lead role, mediocre special effects and poor storyline with little or no entertainment value.

Avoid, particularly if you are a fan of the comic as you will be disappointed.

Rating: 2:
Extended? Why? : This is probably the most disappointing of the comic book movies, quite an achievement in a genre renowned for its turkeys. Cage is an outstanding actor, but here looks like a spear carrier in sixth form am-dram. But what a nasty wig!

A comic book movie ought to be about pace, conflict and morality, and this fails on all three counts. Some nice action pieces cannot rescue a fundamentally vacuous screenplay.

Rating: 1:
ANYBODY GOT A LIGHT THE FLAMES GONE OUT!!! : This was very very poor the same old thing over again but alot worse than all the other comic book hero's films done. Mr Cage is not the best actor around and to be fair this didn't do him any favors. At a push if you like motorbikes you might enjoy it if not stay well clear.

Rating: 1:
ANOTHER 1 BITES THE DUST!!! : OH! DEAR ANOTHER MARVEL MOVIE TIE-IN FALLS FLAT OFF IT'S GHOSTLY BIKE:)
AFTER THE SLUSHY SPIDEY 3 AND THE EVEN CORNIER F4-R.O.T.S.SURFER I DIDN'T THINK SUPERHERO FILMS COULD SINK ANY LOWER BUT YESIREE THEY SURELY DO!!!
FIRSTLY NIC CAGE (MAN OF VERY FEW EXPRESSIONS & ACTING ABILITY) WAS ASTONISHLY BAD (EVEN 4 HIM) HAMMING IT UP SOMETHING ROTTEN (CHECK OUT THE MIRROR SCENE-HOW CRINGEWORTHY!) THE SCRIPT IS AWFUL, THE SCENES BETWEEN THE VILLAINS ARE LAUGHABLE MS MENDES SEEMS 2B ACTING IN A WONDERBRA AD THE EFFECTS ARE OK SOMETIMES AND BAD AT TIMES IF THIS IS THE STATE OF CINEMA TODAY THEN SOME SERIOUS RE-EDUCATION OF YOUTH IS NEEDED MAY THE DEVIL TAKE THEM ALL 2 HELL IF THEY MAKE A SEQUEL...................

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