Ghost Rider

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Sony / Columbia Released 2007

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Director:
Mark Steven Johnson
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13

Ghost Rider is a 2007 film based on the Marvel Comics franchise. When teenager Johnny Blaze (Matt Long/Nicholas Cage) struck a deal with the devil to cure his father of cancer, he never anticipated Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) would steal his soul in exchange. When Mephistopheles cures Barton Blaze's (Brett Cullen) cancer, only to kill him in a motorcycle crash the following evening, young Johnny packs his bags and leaves town, abandoning his young girlfriend, Roxanne (Raquel Alessi/Eva Mendes) in the process. Years later, Johnny has become a world-famous stunt rider, performing for adoring crowds around the world. Roxanne, meanwhile, has become a journalist, and her new assignment is to interview Blaze before his next big show. Roxanne and Johnny have never gotten over each other, but each has reservations about rekindling their relationship. Roxanne is still hurt by Johnny's abandonment, while Johnny has bigger problems standing in the way of romance. Mephistopheles is back, and he's slowly transforming Johnny into the Ghost Rider, a flaming, skeletal biker. Mephistopheles has a mission for the Ghost Rider, but Johnny Blaze has his own plans. Will true love conquer the devil's plans?

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    It's entertaining to watch ol' hothead do his thing with his fiery chain and his "penance stare," but for a comic book with a rebel spirit, the adaptation feels obediently conventi...

  • 30

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    This dissociation leaves the supporting cast to its own devices, with no one suffering more than the appealing Eva Mendes as Johnny's true love, Roxanne. If Ms. Mendes ever finds a...

  • 20

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Though the superhero's fans have long awaited his close-up, the Devil's bounty hunter -- complete with a burning skull for a head and a killer motorcycle in flames --materializes i...

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