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Other individuals include Johnny's half-brother Danny Ketch , who was imbued with a Spirit of Vengeance by the medallion on his motorcycle's gas cap; Alejandra Jones , who was chosen to become Zarathos' next host after Blaze gave up his demonic powers; and Robbie Reyes , who was indwelled by a Spirit of Vengeance after being mortally wounded and possessed by the demonic ghost of his uncle Eli Morrow.
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The story of the Ghost Rider began over twenty thousand years ago, when the immortals known as the Blood allied themselves with the original Spirits of Vengeance in a war against a soul-stealing demon named Zarathos . To win this war, the Blood created the mystical Medallion of Power, which housed the assembled power of the Spirits of Vengeance. A portion of Zarathos became trapped in this Medallion, too, leading the Blood to decide that the artifact was too powerful to be kept intact. The Medallion was broken into shards and placed into the spiritual bloodlines of two families, both of which would be overseen and protected by a Blood named Caretaker .
This arrangement lasted until the 1700s, when young Noble Kale of the spiritual bloodline fell in love with a woman named Magdalena. Fearing the reaction from his fire-and-brimstone pastor father, Noble hid his romance. When Magdalena bore him a child, however, Pastor Kale had Magdalena branded a witch and burned at the stake. As she died, she cursed Pastor Kale, invoking the legendary Furies to seek vengeance in her name, and these ancient spirits went on a destructive rampage. Pastor Kale sought aid from the demon Mephisto , offering Noble's soul as payment. Mephisto recognized the Medallion shard within Noble Kale and activated it, transforming the young man into a living Spirit of Vengeance, a Ghost Rider. Noble defeated the Furies and then turned on his own father, who slew Noble's son as a sacrificial offering to Ghost Rider. A horrified Noble tried to commit suicide, but Mephisto appeared, seeking to claim his soul. An angelic being named Uriel intervened, stating Noble's soul belonged in Heaven. It was decided that Noble's soul belonged to neither Heaven nor Hell, but would instead be consigned to the void, to be summoned forth by his descendants. He inhabited the first-born child of each generation, with documented occurrences during World War I and the lifetime of Naomi Kale, the birth mother of Dan Ketch and his siblings. Fearing for her children, Naomi left Dan and his sister Barbara with Francis Ketch in Cypress Hills, New York. Her oldest son was left with his father while she unsuccessfully attempted to end the curse.
Dan and Barbara grew up in a happy and stable home, befriending local girl Stacy Dolan, who was the daughter of a local police officer and, later, the object of Dan's romantic affections. As Dan matured, he became interested in motorcycles and drawn to the open road. When Dan and Barb took a shortcut home through Cypress Hills Cemetery, they stumbled upon the criminal Deathwatch as he killed a man over canisters of bio-toxin. Barb's screams alerted Deathwatch and his minions, who shot her in the chest with an arrow. Dan carried her into a nearby junkyard, seeking escape, and noticed a pristine-looking motorcycle parked in the center of the debris. Drawn to it, Dan touched its gas cap, his fingers dripping with his sister's innocent blood. The blood's contact with the gas cap ignited a mystical transformation, changing Dan Ketch into the Spirit of Vengeance known as the Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider rushed Barbara to a hospital, but her severe wounds left her in a deep coma. Enraged, Dan embraced his new power and its mission of vengeance. Whenever innocent blood was spilled, Dan transformed into the Ghost Rider and used his powers - especially his dreaded Penance Stare - to mete out justice. At first, Ghost Rider focused on finding the now-missing bio-toxin, which had become the crux of an ongoing war between Deathwatch and the Kingpin of Crime. Ghost Rider and Deathwatch's pseudo-vampiric minion Blackout clashed repeatedly over the canisters, which had been found and hidden in the cemetery by the Cypress Hills Jokers gang. During a final battle over the canisters, the contents of which could have wiped out most of the Tri-State Area, Blackout started to unseal them but was interrupted by the Ghost Rider. The pseudo-vampire tried to sink his artificial teeth into Ghost Rider's neck, but the hero's flaming skull badly burned him and drove him mad. Blackout fled, but Dan was now certain of his role as the Ghost Rider and swore to his comatose sister that he would continue fighting crime.
This proved to be a costly vow for Dan. Shortly after turning his Penance Stare on a group of criminals, Dan decided that no one deserved such torment - not even lawbreakers. He had his friend Jack D'Auria lock up the bike, but he was soon pressed into using it again when Mr. Hyde went on a rampage. Shortly thereafter, journalist Linda Wei began campaigning against the Ghost Rider, equating him with other vigilantes such as the Punisher . Dan disliked the comparison, especially after teaming with the Punisher against the anarchist Flag-Smasher. Ghost Rider refused to allow the Punisher to kill their foe, saying he served vengeance, not death. After teaming with Spider-Man , the Hulk and Wolverine to form a temporary substitute Fantastic Four , he aided Wolverine and Brass in tracking down Deathwatch, who had kidnapped Watanbe's sister in a power play against the Mandarin . Barbara Ketch had stabilized by this time, but remained comatose. The stress of recent events built a wall between Dan and Stacy. When Blackout uncovered Dan's secret identity, he slew Barbara in her hospital bed. A traumatized Dan took out his rage on the insane Scarecrow , who had gone on a killing spree to draw out his old foe, Captain America .
A guilt-stricken Dan found his life becoming increasingly complicated. Blackout continued to target those close to Dan, slaying blind street vendor Mr. Larsen and the priest at Mrs. Ketch's church. A local parents group blamed Ghost Rider for a series of child abductions and hired an all-female mercenary group called H.E.A.R.T. to stop him. They ambushed Ghost Rider in the tunnels inhabited by the mutant Morlocks , who were involved in the child abductions. With the aid of the original X-Factor , Ghost Rider was able to resolve the crisis, though the media continued to portray him as a menace. He encountered Thor , then fought the murderer Zodiak, after which Ghost Rider was kidnapped and separated from Dan by Nightmare , who believed him to be Zarathos. Nightmare force-fed Ghost Rider memories of Zarathos, but was shocked when the Rider rejected them as not his own. Dan and Ghost Rider re-merged and escaped Nightmare's realm, only to find themselves trapped by Doctor Strange and his associate Rintrah, who also believed Ghost Rider to be Zarathos. Ghost Rider convinced Strange of his error and aided the mage in exorcising a demon from his ally, Topaz . Ghost Rider joined the Moon Knight against Plasma and her Knights of the Moon, aided Spider-Man in rescuing young Adam from the Hobgoblin , and briefly assisted the resurrected warriors known as Shadow Riders against the demon-forces of the megalomaniacal Mys-Tech .
The arrival of John Blaze led to even more turmoil. The former Ghost Rider used a binding ritual to trap Dan, whom he believed to be Zarathos. However, an explosion of Hellfire leaped from Ghost Rider and into Blaze via his shotgun. This freed Dan, but also enabled Blaze to discharge Hellfire through the gun, badly wounding Ghost Rider. When he realized that slaying Ghost Rider would mean killing Dan - whom he now viewed as an innocent - Blaze relented. Convinced the entity within Dan was not Zarathos, but knowing what the younger man was going through, Blaze acted as Dan's protector from then on. Blaze and the Ghost Rider aided the extraterrestrials Gun Runner and the Enhanced, freeing prisoners of the alien religious fanatics known as the Cynodd. Ghost Rider also began trying to repair Dan's personal life, freeing Francis Ketch from the new Sin-Eater (Reverend Styge), who was preying on her suffering over her lost daughter.
Ghost Rider then assisted Cloak and Dagger against a plot of the demon D'spayre, aided Quasar and others against the forces of Maelstrom , teamed with the Punisher against the immense traveling drug-dealing fortress the Roaring Island, fought the Hand alongside Daredevil , and joined the mutant Cable , clashing with the subterranean cult the Grateful Undead. The Ghost Rider was summoned alongside the Punisher and Wolverine to the town of Christ's Crown by Blackheart to slay his father Mephisto, but the trio fought off both demons, saving the young empath Lucy Crumm in the process; Lucy later summoned the trio to again banish Blackheart. Ghost Rider's near-constant battles continued. He fought against the likes of Zodiak ; Mephisto's pawn Suicide ; Spider-Man's foes the Sinister Six ; Nightmare; the alien Sleepwalker ; Deathwatch's agents Hag , Troll , and Snowblind ; the demon Gorn; the werewolf cult the Braineaters; and the demon D'Kay and his Legion of Vengeance.
Dan sought revenge on Blackout, who tore out his throat. A transformation into Ghost Rider saved Dan's life, but left him unable to switch back. Trapped in a void, he was barely able to converse with Ghost Rider. During one of their shared visions, Ghost Rider saw a series of individuals capable of stopping the ancient demoness Lilith, Mother of Demons (Lilin), from tearing the walls between dimensions. Ghost Rider teamed with John Blaze and the mysterious Caretaker to assemble these beings, who became the Midnight Sons. Around this same time, he journeyed to New Orleans to track down a group of alien Brood. Ghost Rider was briefly possessed by a Brood during this time, but Dan Ketch - while floating in the void - was able to resist the alien's control. Aided by John Blaze and the X-Men , Ghost Rider slew the Brood Queen.
After Doctor Strange helped restore Dan to normal, Dan began re-evaluating his work as Ghost Rider. He felt he was a force for good, but he also wanted to have a normal life again. This desire intensified after his mother revealed that both he and Barbara had been adopted. Ghost Rider and Blaze continued to work well together, though their methods sometimes clashed. The two of them united with Spider-Man in an attempt to capture both Venom and a group of Deathspawn seeking the resurrection of Deathwatch. Soon after, Lilith allied herself with Centurious , an old foe of the John Blaze Ghost Rider. Together, the two mystics kidnapped Dan's mother and stole Ghost Rider's enchanted chain, forging it into a weapon for Centurious. Ghost Rider badly injured Centurious during one of their clashes, unwittingly unleashing Zarathos, who had been lurking inside Centurious ever since their imprisonment in the Crystal of Souls. Zarathos mated with Lilith and schemed to resurrect the Fallen, a group of his former followers. At this point, Caretaker disclosed the true origins of the Medallion of Power and revealed that Dan and John were brothers. Armed with this new knowledge, Ghost Rider confronted Zarathos in a battle that seemingly destroyed them both, though Ghost Rider reconstituted himself weeks later, just prior to the murder of John Blaze's wife, Roxanne, by Anton Hellgate.
Dan moved into a new apartment and began taking control of his life. While Ghost Rider was plagued by Blackheart, Dan broke up with Stacy and sought more answers about Ghost Rider's origins. With the aid of Doctor Strange, Dan discovered that he was related to the young sorceress Jennifer Kale. Jennifer mystically unlocked Ghost Rider's memories, restoring his knowledge of the family curse. This greatly lightened Ghost Rider's spirit, especially after Jennifer Kale mystically caused many of Dan's friends and relatives to forget his secret identity. At last aware of his past as Noble Kale, Ghost Rider began working with Dan on a much more intuitive basis, helping his human host reconcile with Stacy. He also teamed with Brother Voodoo and Dracula's daughter, Lilith , to repel another attack by the Scarecrow, who had gained the power to inhabit other bodies and had summoned the decaying corpse of Barbara Ketch as part of his plan. Ghost Rider had a brief clash with Daredevil during this time, coming to blows over their differing methods in capturing a psychotic killer.
Blackheart later created his own Spirits of Vengeance - Wallow, Doghead, Verminous Rex and Pao Fu. They invited Noble to join them, killing him when he refused. Noble's soul was cast into Hell, where Blackheart sought to corrupt him by offering to restore Noble's mortal form and lift the family curse, in exchange for Noble's pledge to marry both Pao Fu and the mysterious Black Rose , secretly a resurrected Roxanne Blaze. Noble agreed, but Dan was unwilling. Now fully separated from Ghost Rider, Dan was guided through Hell by the spirit of Naomi Kale, and was killed after revealing that Noble's true destiny was to become the Angel of Death. Utilizing the powers that came with this title, Ghost Rider slew Blackheart and assumed the throne of Hell. He then resurrected Dan and sent him back to Earth as a way of thanking him for their years together.
Noble's tenure in Hell was a brief one. He subtly aided Jack Russell, the Werewolf , in tracking down a serial killer, but was forced out of Hell when a coup occurred. Injured and confused, Noble wandered the streets of New York City, his Hellfire raging out of control. This attracted the attention of Spider-Man, who tried to bring his old ally under control, with limited success. Dan arrived at the scene and realized that Noble's powers were fluctuating because he lacked a human host. The two men were forced to merge again and are currently seeking more innocents to avenge.
At some point after merging with Kale again, Daniel must have changed his mind about being host to the Ghost Rider because he chose to have it expelled from his body. He contacted a woman by the name of Mary LeBow , a paranormal consultant, and she separated the two by way of an exorcism. Then, two years later, Ketch decided he can't live without that part of him anymore and will do anything to get it back. Daniel gets his wish when an agent of Zadkiel known only as Mister Eleven comes to him and tell him he can have his abilities restored. Ketch only got a taste of it at first and immediately became addicted to the power. Dan wanted more and more, but he would only be allowed to sample a little at a time, until he decided to become an agent of Zadkiel too. Daniel was shown an ugly side of the Ghost Rider where the hosts can become mindless beasts if the spirit inside takes control of them. He was made to believe he'd be doing them a service by taking their powers from them and return them to Heaven where they originated from. The only downside was some of the hosts may not survive the process - such was the case of Shoba Mirza - but Ketch still felt he was truly helping even if that was the end result. What Daniel didn't know is Zadkiel wanted the powers of the Ghost Riders, so he could take control of Heaven. The current road Daniel has chosen to take led him on a collision course with Johnny Blaze, and several other Spirits of Vengeance throughout the world. Ketch managed to defeat all the Ghost Riders, including Blaze, and delivered their power to his master. As soon as the deed was done, Ketch was cast out of Heaven, aware of Zadkiel's plans, but he managed to take some of the power back with him. Nevertheless, it was too late to stop Zadkiel from winning his war.
Ketch, Blaze and the new Caretaker went their separate ways, but Daniel felt more cursed than ever. Finally seeing the error of his ways, Ketch wished he would have left the Ghost Rider behind instead of being made a fool by Zadkiel. For helping lay waste to Heaven, Daniel had become a slave to vengeance, unable to ignore the cries of the innocent. His first mission was to find the malicious Highwayman and avenge the lives of those unfortunate enough to cross his path. Daniel would soon get another crack at Zadkiel, but first he would make a deal with the devil to keep the Antichrist safe in exchange for the keys to Heaven. Traveling to New York and meeting up with Blaze, Sara, Hellstorm and Jaine Cutter , Daniel told them of his agreement and he and Blaze took off in search of the doorway to Heaven. The road would not be easy as an attack from Big Wheel and Trull slowed them greatly, allowing Blackout to steal the key. Ketch and Blaze had to find another way to reach their goal and the lair of the Gun Nuns held the answer. On arrival, the Ghost Riders had to contend with the new Orb and a new Vengeance , but neither proved to be too much of a problem. Zadkiel was another story. Upon reaching Heaven and confronting the mad angel, Ketch and Blaze were tossed aside like insignificant specks. If it wasn't for the emergence of an army of Ghost Riders, they may never have beaten their tormentor. Not only that, but Ketch and the other Spirits of Vengeance fought off an attack by the Antichrist and his minions when they invaded Heaven. The holy city, now back in God's hands, was safe, and the two brothers were sent back to Earth. Ketch challenged Blaze to a race, and the two sped off with Sara not far behind.
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The film opens with young Johnny Blaze (Matt Long) and his father Barton Blaze (Brett Cullen) jumping motorbikes through burning hoops at carnivals. To save his father from dying of lung cancer, Johnny signs his soul over to the devil, Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda), but Mephistopheles cheats Johnny when he causes Barton’s death in stunt that goes wrong. As a result, Johnny runs away leaving behind both his carnival life and adolescent sweetheart Roxanne Simpson (Raquel Alessi).
Years later, a much older Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage) is a superstar motorbike rider, cheating death at every corner. Roxanne (Eva Mendes), now a successful news reporter, turns up at one of Johnny’s performances asking for an interview which leads to a renewal of their relationship.
Four anti-heroes, called the Hidden, come to earth to recover a contract containing a list of a thousand souls promised to the devil. The Hidden are Blackheart (Wes Bentley), son of Mephistopheles, and three fallen angels. However, Blackheart has greater plans to take over the world. In an effort to stop his son, Mephistopheles gives Johnny the powers of the fabled Ghost Rider. These powers enable Johnny to transform into a fiery skull-faced supernatural bike-riding vigilante by night and return to his mortal self during daylight hours.
In exchange for hunting down and destroying Blackheart and his cohorts, Mephistopheles offers to give Johnny his soul back. With the help of the Caretaker (Sam Elliott), Ghost Rider tracks down and defeats each of the Hidden, but must face a final showdown.
Selling one’s soul to the devil; self-destructive behaviour
Ghost Rider contains superhero style violence, which is both intense and brutal. For example:
- Mephistopheles deliberately causes Johnny’s father to crash his bike, causing his death.
- Blackheart massacres a room full of people by sucking their life force from them. His victims transform into desiccated corpses at his touch.
- Ghost Rider races his bike up a city street, creating a force that causes a car to be thrown through a shop window and a motorcycle policeman to be thrown through the air.
- A mugger stabs Ghost Rider in the back with a knife. When Ghost Rider tells the mugger to ‘look into my eyes and feel the pain’, the mugger fails to the ground in a catatonic state with his eyes wide open and fiery.
- A demon wraps a chain around Ghost Rider’s neck and hangs him from a beam.
- A demon crashes a semi trailer head-on into the Ghost Rider, crushing him against the front of a stationary train.
- Ghost Rider transforms a length of chain into a burning whip, which he then lashes around the body of a demon, causing the demon to burn like molten lava and then turn to ash.
- A mugger experiences flashbacks of all of the violent crimes he has committed, including stabbings and shootings.
- Johnny is surrounded by many police officers with their guns pointed at him and is shot at close range.
- Johnny is punched and kicked to the ground by prison inmates. He transforms into the Ghost Rider, throwing the inmates off. The scene ends with Johnny walking from the cell with all but one of the inmates left lying unconscious on the floor.
- Ghost Rider uses a length of chain to lasso and then drag a helicopter down to a rooftop.
- Ghost Rider uses a burning chain to create a mini burning tornado, which sucks in one of the demons and incinerates it.
- Blackheart touches Roxanne on the face, causing her pain and black lines to form on her face.
- A demon pulls Ghost Rider into a lake and tries to drown him. Ghost Rider then attacks the demon, dissolving him into mist.
- In a violent and brutal fight between Blackheart and Ghost Rider, the two punch each other and throw each other around. At one stage, the Ghost Rider hurls flames at Blackheart’s face.
- Blackheart hurls Roxanne through the air to land unconscious on the ground.
- Blackheart tries to strangled Ghost Rider who then shoots Blackheart numerous times in the chest and face with a pump action shotgun. At one stage Blackheart's head is blown from his body.
- Ghost Rider uses his powers to explode Blackheart’s body, blowing his flesh over walls and the floor.
- Ghost Rider forces Blackheart to look into his eyes. Blackheart, who has now been consumed by a thousand evil souls, has to relive their previous crimes and, as a result, is left lying on the floor in a catatonic state.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including In one scene Blackheart kidnaps Roxanne, and infers with gesture and body language to Johnny that if he’s late Roxanne may be sexually molested.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
- Johnny’s father smokes cigarettes and coughs.
- Johnny’s father is seen asleep in a chair with a half-empty bottle of bourbon and a packet of cigarettes on a table beside him.
- Men sit around a table smoking cigarettes and drinking bottles of beer.
- Roxanne sits alone in a restaurant and seems to have consumed an entire bottle of red wine by herself. She appears somewhat drunk, a little unstable, and with slurred speech asks the waiter if he thinks she is pretty.
- The Caretaker chews tobacco and spits out tobacco juice.
Nudity and sexual activity
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
- In several scenes, women wear tight-fitting clothing with plunging necklines and cleavage.
- Johnny and Roxanne kiss passionately several times.
The ‘Easy Rider’ Harley Davidson motorbike is displayed prominently in this movie.
This movie contains some mild coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Ghost Rider is a supernatural, action film with superheros, and targets adolescents and younger adult males. The special effects are impressive and the film contains some quite witty humour, but some of the scary images and violence could disturb younger children.
The film portrays the message that good will triumph over evil and that living in fear is a very negative way to live your life. You might like to discuss with your children some of the values presented in the movie such as turning life’s negatives into positives, self-sacrifice, love, loyalty, friendship and endurance through adversity.
You could also discuss the consequences of Johnny’s behaviour, such as the way he rides his motorbike recklessly to impress his girlfriend, and how this kind of behaviour could have lead to serious consequences for himself and those he loves. You could also discuss the real-life consequences of drinking alcohol to drown one's sorrows. You might also like to talk with older adolescents about the concept of selling your soul and whether this is OK if you do it for the right reasons.
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Johnny sells his soul to the devil and regrets it;
Johnny did sell his soul to the devil for a noble
Constant cartoonish violence, mayhem, and stunts.
Roxy's tops always show cleavage; Roxy and Johnny
"S--t" (used once), "son of a bitch," "damn," "hel
Part of a popular comic book franchise. Brief visu
One scene of chaos is set in a saloon (patrons and
Parents need to know that this comic book-based movie is aimed right at kids. (They won't care that the CGI effects aren't the best and the story is uneven.) Expect frequent references to the devil and some grisly Renaissance-style images of torture. There are motorcycle crashes (one ends in a father's death), flaming…
Johnny sells his soul to the devil and regrets it; demons wreak havoc; bad guys die; cops are inept.
Positive Role Models
Johnny did sell his soul to the devil for a noble reason: to save his dad from dying of terminal cancer. But his current murdering vigilante persona is not something to emulate. His TV reporter love interest Roxanne, his childhood sweetheart, is innocent, and they look out for each other. The Carertaker acts as a protective mentor to Johnny.
Violence & Scariness
Constant cartoonish violence, mayhem, and stunts. Johnny's father dies in a motorcycle stunt; Johnny falls off his motorcycle; the devil torments him with a "burning finger" one motorcycle jump results in a brutal crash; Blackheart kills several humans by turning their faces gray and crumbly; fights between Blackheart's gang and Johnny feature violent falls, throws against walls, and slams; as the Ghost Rider, Johnny is frequently on fire (his skull face is creepy); Ghost Rider attacks and kills a mugger, who stabs him with a knife (Caretaker stitches the wound in close-up); policemen shoot repeatedly at Ghost Rider, who absorbs bullets and rides away; Ghost Rider uses a chain to whip, capture, and throw victims (demons); Johnny fights a watery demon underwater; Johnny and Blackheart fight (lots of throwing, grunting, crawling); Blackheart throws Roxy against a wall; characters shoot Blackheart with shotgun (one shot takes off his head, whereupon he's surrounded by swooping bad souls, whom he absorbs); Ghost Rider's Stare of Penance makes bad guys scream and die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Roxy's tops always show cleavage; Roxy and Johnny kiss several times; Mack makes a joke about "needing a woman's touch."
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"S--t" (used once), "son of a bitch," "damn," "hell," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One scene of chaos is set in a saloon (patrons and bartender are killed by demon); in other scenes, characters smoke cigarettes (Johnny's dad smokes and has cancer; Johnny later turns down a cigarette offered by a cop); characters drink beer (though, Johnny won't drink, saying, "Alcohol gives me nightmares"), and a scene dedicated to Roxy's imbibing a full bottle of wine while waiting for Johnny to show up for a date (she appears drunk at the end).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this comic book-based movie is aimed right at kids. (They won't care that the CGI effects aren't the best and the story is uneven.) Expect frequent references to the devil and some grisly Renaissance-style images of torture. There are motorcycle crashes (one ends in a father's death), flaming leaps, falls, and skids, which produce broken-looking bodies. The villain turns victims gray and veiny, and Ghost Rider himself becomes a burning skull. Weapons include knives, shotguns, and chains. Roxy shows cleavage, and she and Johnny kiss several times (once quite passionately). Characters drink and smoke cigarettes; language includes "s--t," "damn," "son of a bitch," and "hell." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .
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When young motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the devil (Peter Fonda), he thinks he's doing the right thing -- that is, saving his father, Bart (Brett Cullen), from a horrific death by cancer. But Johnny soon learns that Mephistopheles is not to be trusted, and he eventually has to fulfill his contract and become the devil's bounty hunter. This occurs after Johnny grows up to be a fiercely lean Nicolas Cage . Johnny's still doing motorcycle stunts, drawing big crowds with horrific, Evel Knievel-style crashes, but he never dies. The turning point comes when kohl-eyed son-of-the-devil Blackheart ( Wes Bentley ), ascends to earth in order to track down a contract that will grant him access to a bunch of bad souls. The whys and wherefores are a little confusing (they're narrated mostly by the Caretaker, who's played by Sam Elliott ), but basically this leads to Johnny's transformation into the Ghost Rider, complete with leather jacket, chains, and skull face a-blazing. Around the same time, Johnny's childhood love interest, Roxy ( Eva Mendes ), returns. Now a TV reporter, she arrives at one of Johnny's most outrageous stunts dressed in a white, not-quite-angelic dress. He's re-smitten, as is she, and they spend the rest of the movie trying to get back together but also not get back together, since if they do, the devil or Blackheart (or both) will surely target her.
Is It Any Good?
Like many comic book-derived movies, GHOST RIDER is corny, fiery, and outsized, but unfortunately it's not very entertaining. While the Caretaker makes lots of noise about the Ghost Rider's "legend," the movie's action and plotting are uninspired. Cage does some more Elvis impersonating, Mendes shows cleavage, and Elliott looks leathery, but none of these details helps create a sense of grand mythology. The Rider's gift/curse is his ability to assault his bad-souled victims with a Stare of Penance (he commands them to "Look into my eyes," like Dracula used to) and then make them suffer the pain of the innocents they wronged. But the visual delivery of this trick is feeble, a mostly blurry, vaguely fiery, utterly un-menacing montage of screaming, collapsing faces. This is Ghost Rider's big trick? It's hardly the stuff of legend.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the relationship between Johnny and his dad. How does Johnny's good intention lead to tragedy? Did Johnny have any other alternatives than working for the devil?
How does the movie differentiate between the monstrous Johnny and the monstrous Blackheart? Why is one "good" and one "bad"? Is it that easy to tell the difference between good guys and bad guys in real life?
Why are so many action/superhero movies based on comic books? What's the appeal?
- In theaters : February 16, 2007
- On DVD or streaming : June 12, 2007
- Cast : Eva Mendes , Nicolas Cage , Wes Bentley
- Director : Mark Steven Johnson
- Inclusion Information : Female actors, Latino actors
- Studio : Sony Pictures
- Genre : Action/Adventure
- Topics : Superheroes
- Run time : 114 minutes
- MPAA rating : PG-13
- MPAA explanation : horror violence and disturbing images.
- Last updated : December 9, 2022
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