Evelyn GoughIn the Picture

Ghost Rider

Directed by Mark Steven Johnson

Heres a question for you. Which actor does crazy best? Dont strain those grey cells, thats actually pretty easy Jack Nicholson of course. Who could ever forget his axe-wielding performance in The Shining (a five-star movie!).

But coming a close second is one of my favourite actors, Nicholas Cage. Which makes him the perfect choice to play Johnny Blaze in the Marvel comic-book adaption of Ghost Rider, the story of a stunt rider who sells his soul to the devil and lives to regret it. As you would.

When he makes a deal with Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) to save his dying fathers life, a young Johnny Blaze has no idea he is destined to become the legendary Ghost Rider, a supernatural agent of vengeance and justice.

Several years later Johnny (Nicholas Cage) is the most successful stunt rider in the world but he credits all his success to the blood pact he made with the devil. When he is confronted once again by Mephistopheles he is given the chance to win his soul back. All he has to do is destroy the evil angel Blackheart (Wes Bentley).

Transformed into a fiery skeleton riding the chopper from hell, Johnny must take on Blackheart and his despicable henchmen, save the girl (Eva Mendes), who also just happens to be the love of his life, and outrun the law.

Go, Johnny go!

Unlike diehard fans of comic-book adaptations who can never get enough of their favourite genre, I can. In fact I thought I had reached saturation point. But I really quite enjoyed Ghost Rider and not just because it stars Nic Cage. I liked it because it doesnt take itself too seriously, its very tongue in cheek. And Nic is at his manic best. And the special effects are superb. Whats more, its all filmed in Melbourne so as well as its international cast, there are plenty of Aussie stars to watch out for like Angry Anderson and that chick from Pizza and The Wedge.

If you like your fantasy films full of action and thrills then youll love Ghost Rider. Not just for the geeks!


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