In order to save his dying father, young stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze sells his soul to Mephistopheles and sadly parts from the pure-hearted Roxanne Simpson, the love of his life. Years later, Johnny’s path crosses again with Roxanne, now a reporter, and also with Mephistopheles, who offers to release Johnny’s soul if Johnny becomes the fabled, fiery Ghost Rider, a supernatural agent of vengeance and justice. Mephistopheles charges Johnny with defeating the despicable Blackheart, Mephistopheles’s nemesis and son, who plans to displace his father and create a new hell even more terrible than the old one.
Mark Steven Johnson (born October 30, 1964) is an American film director and writer.
Johnson was born in Hastings, Minnesota and graduated from California State University, Long Beach. He has directed and co-written the two comic book based films Daredevil and Ghost Rider.His early writing credits are for the film Grumpy Old Men and its sequel Grumpier Old Men. He is often given credit for writing the screenplay for the Marvel film Elektra, but he only produced an earlier draft not used for the finished film. —Wikipedia
I thought this’d be a good match for my tastes towards the gaudy and the over-the-top, in the same way Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever was. But no, it’s just dumb more than anything. The aesthetic overloads (sitting somewhere between the frenzy of Oliver Stone’s MTV phase and the gratuity of Zack Snyder’s, er, entire career) are enjoyable in the most shallow way, with the rest of the film following suit, most annoyingly in its patently brainless framing of the Marvel mythology. And most disappointingly, Cage is never fully let off his leash, despite the obvious potential just screaming to be realised.
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… read review