Ghost Rider : a major disappointment


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Now that movies adapted from comics can lead to huge box office, the studios and comic publishers are really working hard to churn out more and more superhero flicks. In this respect, Marvel seems alot more aggressive than DC. In recent years, they have released movies based on The X-Men, Spider-man, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Blade, Daredevil, Elektra, and now Ghost Rider.

Starring Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist during the day and a demon of vengeance at night, Ghost Rider should in theory be a romp. But it turns out to be quite a bore. What went wrong? For one, there is way too much plot and not enough action. When the action does happen, it is not of a high calibre. The stunts don’t impress and aren’t very creative or original. The villains don’t appear to be particularly menacing. And Ghost Rider doesn’t really have a killer move that wows us – his most lethal weapon is a stare!! The CGI is par from course, not a total disgrace but nowhere near being awesome. No wonder the studios didn’t hold press showings till the night before the film opened in the States.

Verdict : another pedestrian Marvel movie like Daredevil and Elektra.

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