I watched Nicholas Cage and Eva Mendez in Ghost Rider today. I can’t remember who said it, but I was advised that it wasn’t a very good movie. As this “source” did not see the movie, I was not prepared for anything great or terrible. After all, if you “hear” that spaghetti is a terrible meal, are you never going to try it? I’m glad that I didn’t listen, as I was entertained. This is definitely not the best movie of all time and it isn’t even close to being the best movie based on a comic book. But, it had all the qualities of a classic comic – it was a light read, a far fetched story, accomplished only by someone with special powers.
Nicholas Cage seems to often get typecast as a leather-wearing bad boy with a well-buried, but soft heart. This seems to be true in this movie as well. He plays Johnny Blaze, son of Barton Blaze, a motorcycle daredevil. The movie starts in Johnny’s teen years, when he has joined his father in performing motorcycle stunts for the crowds. His father is dying of cancer and Johnny unwittingly makes a deal with the devil (Mephistopheles) as trade for the cancer to be gone.
His father is soon killed and Johnny leaves town to become a traveling act, doing more dangerous stunts every time. He carries his father’s memory with him until he is asked to cash in on the deal he “signed.”
From IMDB summary:
When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze finds that his father Barton Blaze has a terminal cancer, he accepts a pact with the 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. Years later Johnny Blaze becomes a famous motorcyclist, who risks his life in his shows, and he meets Roxanne again, now a TV 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.
I’m not going to spoil any of it, as I think this is better left to you to decide and discover. I liked this movie. I found it to be as entertaining as any comic book movies are – entertainment only. Its no Spiderman, but I think its better than Batman and every X Men movie after the first. Watch it on video.