Ghost Rider (2007) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Ghost Rider (2007)


Flame On!

Nicolas Cage character Johnny, blazes the big screen as the Ghost Rider with some intense visual effects and the fight for the balance of good and evil. Wife and I decided to spend the Saturday evening at the movies and of all the choices we had, we decided to go for Ghost Rider as it would be a better choice simply based on the adult entertainment value. I didn’t expect much for this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. The previews and the TV spots did not do proper┬ájustice.

The film is in three acts, act one is all about the heroes past including his childhood and how the hero gets his powers. Act two is about the emergence of the villain, the hero learning how to control and use his powers and normally, the villain’s discovery of the hero’s weakness. The final act, of course, is the big showdown between the villain and the hero and any thugs associated with the villain. Sound familiar? Normally a comic book adaptation can follow this formula and be a pretty successful movie with the right people working on it. Ghost Rider follows the formula but is not able to quiet cut it with the right ingredients.

The plot is lame, storyline is weak and the acting is miserable. Watching Nicolas Cage in his role was painful since his acting abilities are limited which was covered subtly by some tremendous special effect. There are few things which I really liked about Ghost Rider, however. The special effects — namely the transformation of Cage into Ghost Rider and the skeleton bike blazing through the streets wrecking havoc — are a graphical tour de force. All in all, this is your average superhero movie with great visuals, nonetheless it is enjoyable and satisfying.

Critical Movie Critic Rating:
3 Star Rating: Average

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'Movie Review: Ghost Rider (2007)' have 8 comments

  1. The Critical Movie Critics

    February 28, 2007 @ 3:04 pm ccatena

    Flame On? Wrong movie brother. You’re confused with the Human Torch/Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four.

  2. The Critical Movie Critics

    February 28, 2007 @ 3:09 pm Nashtradomus

    No I have the right movie, just don’t get it why you would think this was the wrong tag line.

  3. The Critical Movie Critics

    February 28, 2007 @ 3:27 pm ccatena

    That’s because the it is the wrong tag line! Flame On! is what Johnny Storm says before he ignites himself.

    For your perusal go: Here.

  4. The Critical Movie Critics

    February 28, 2007 @ 3:33 pm Nashtradomus

    Are you saying I can’t paraphrase for someone who kind of resembles the Human Torch?!

    Human Torch is surrounded by full body flames and so is Ghost Rider, why do you feel these two can’t be related in a common theme, “pyro”.

  5. The Critical Movie Critics

    February 28, 2007 @ 3:40 pm ccatena

    That’s what I am saying.

    Because.

  6. The Critical Movie Critics

    February 28, 2007 @ 3:55 pm Nashtradomus

    I don’t have much to say to that….

  7. The Critical Movie Critics

    July 21, 2007 @ 8:03 am just-4-teens

    lol at the arguement :P

    anyways flame on is right as nicolas cage gets it on as the ghost rider.

  8. The Critical Movie Critics

    November 24, 2007 @ 9:41 am MrBlueCN

    Was there a reason why The Caretaker couldn’t have given Johnny Blaze the mystical shotgun while they were in town? While the shot of the Ghost Riders blazing (ahem) through the desert was visually interesting, it made not sense.

    “Well, I rode all this way with you. Here’s the thingy I could have given you back in town so you wouldn’t have had to drive your hell-cycle slow enough for my hell-horse to keep up, but I am sure it looked SO DAMN COOL to everyone watching…out here…in the desert…miles from…aw fuck it. Take the gun. I am going home to get drunk.”

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