Nicolas Cage is a very interesting actor and one I on the whole I enjoy watching. To that end I’m currently having a bit of a Nicolas Cage season reviewing all of the movies that are currently available on Blu-ray. The one I’m taking a look at here is Ghost Rider from 2007 so without further ado here’s my Ghost Rider (2007) Blu-ray Review.
- Ghost Rider (2007)
- Genre: Supernatural / Action
- Directed by Mark Steven Johnson
- Running Time: 123 Mins
- UK Rating 15
- Released By Sony Pictures
- Blu-ray Released: 2 July 2007
When a young Johnny Blaze makes a pact with the devil in order to save a loved one, he becomes the devil’s Ghost Rider. His job is to seek out the souls of the guilty and sinful and delivery them to him. Johnny Blaze is a daredevil jumping his bike over various obstacles, but no matter how many times he crashes his bike he simply walks away unscathed. Is this the work of the devil? Johnny knows sooner or later the devil will return to collect upon their agreement.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Mark Steven Johnson with the cinematography side of things that’s taken care of by Russell Boyd. There are plenty of fiery special effects on show to represent the Ghost Rider’s hellish connections. Visually Ghost Rider does an excellent job of conveying that supernatural horror aspects. Pacing wise the film is spot on as the as the story and action moves a fast pace making an incredibly exciting ride.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is by Christopher Young and it manages to blend seamlessly with the visuals to give the perfect supernatural tone, oh and the songs chosen are also perfect.
Acting / Characters
The acting is very good from all the main characters which help to bring this supernatural tale to life. Nicolas Cage is very good as the slightly nuts daredevil Johnny Blaze turned soul taker.
Eva Mendes plays Roxanne Simpson, Johnny’s childhood sweetheart, Cage and Mendes work well together creating a spark or two when their characters share a scene.
The bad guy in all of this other than the devil himself is that of Wes Bentley who plays Blackheart / Legion or the devils son. He is out to become more powerful than the devil and seeks out to absorb a thousand souls. He plays this well striking the right tone, dark and serious enough to prove a decent adversary.
Sam Elliott plays Carter Slade / Caretaker and is a kind of guide to Johnny with a hidden past. He is very good giving the film some weight in performance. For me he really enhances the overall movie.
Finally let’s not forget the devil played by Peter Fonda, he’s a man of mystery appearing only when people are at their lowest where upon he offers them an apparent solution for a price. He is well cast coming across in a very sinister and uneasy manner.
- Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider
- Eva Mendes as Roxanne Simpson
- Matt Long as young Johnny Blaze
- Raquel Alessi as young Roxanne Simpson
- Wes Bentley as Blackheart / Legion
- Sam Elliott as Carter Slade / Caretaker
- Donal Logue as Mack
- Peter Fonda as Mephisto / The Devil
Conclusion – Ghost Rider Film Review
I found Ghost Rider to be a thoroughly entertaining supernatural action film that strikes the perfect tone. It’s not too silly going for a slightly darker mood whilst still retaining a fun feel. For those of you yet to watch it I strongly recommend that you add this to your films to see list.
If you like my Ghost Rider Blu-ray Review you may want to check out these films:
- Moonstruck (1987)
- Raising Arizona (1987)
- It Could Happen to You (1994)
- Face/Off (1997)
- 8mm (1999)
- Matchstick Men (2003)
- National Treasure (2004)
Ghost Rider Blu-ray Review
The film released in 2007 so there are no issues with picture quality so I’ll move on to the special features. The making of documentary features both cast and crew, it’s very interesting and well worth watching if you enjoyed the film or the comics.
- Audio Commentaries
- The Making of Ghost Rider
On to my movie rating for Ghost Rider (2007)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Ghost Rider (2007) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Mark Steven Johnson
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Peter Fonda, Donal Logue, Matt Long, Raquel Alessi
Genre: Supernatural, Action
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Ghost Rider is thoroughly entertaining supernatural ride that manages to strikes the perfect dark but fun mood.