Ghost Rider
PG-13
Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: -2

Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue, Peter Fonda. Comic book thriller. Written & directed by Steven Johnson.

FILM SYNOPSIS: From Marvel Comics comes Ghost Rider. Long ago, superstar motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) made a deal with the devil to protect the ones he loved most: his father and his childhood sweetheart, Roxanne (Eva Mendes). Now, the devil has come for his due. By day, Johnny is a die-hard stunt rider... but at night, in the presence of evil, he becomes the Ghost Rider, a bounty hunter of rogue demons. Forced to do the devil's bidding, Johnny is determined to confront his fate and use his curse and powers to defend the innocent.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Youd think a $100-million-budgeted film with Peter Fonda playing the devil and Nick Cage playing a biker whose head turns into a flaming skull would be somewhat interesting. Alas, and despite the fact that it lured in an unsuspecting audience its first weekend, I found it boring annoying stupid take your pick.

Nearly burned up by a nonsensical script and bland baddies, the producers hired a cleavage-baring Eva Mendes to be sacrificed on the altar of teen fantasy in a last-ditch effort to buoy a film that has less dimension or pizzazz than a black & white comic book.

Along with the flagrant swipe of the Faust story, with the lead having sold his soul to the devil, theres also the demonic characters. True, the silly premise cant be taken seriously, but there is a Satan, there are demonic beings and its unwise to mock them or write them off as cartoonish creatures that can be easily defeated by the likes of Nicolas Cage. In Jude 1:9 we learn that even the archangel Michael didnt jeer at Satan, but merely said, The Lord rebuke you. In other words, it takes our Savior to defeat the devil. We cant do it. While there have been movies that address the demonic world in order to make us aware, we should never consider this an appropriate subject matter for mere amusement.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Sony Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: There are a couple of crude sexual references.
Obscene Language: Four obscenities (SOB & the s-word) and a few minor expletives.
Profanity: One misuse of Jesus name. the expression oh my God is heard five or so times.
Violence: Though mostly of a cartoon nature, the violence is jolting at times and excessive. Some very spooky imagery, both of dead victims and the portrayal of scary demonic beings. Blood: Some blood, but not much.
Sexual Intercourse: No sexual situations, but there is some blatant sexuality and the female lead reveals much cleavage.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: There are a couple of sexual innuendos and references.
Drug Abuse: Some casual drinking. A few characters, not the lead, smoke.
Other: None
Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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