Cast: Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Peter Fonda, Brett Cullen, Matt Long, Donal Logue
Direction: Mark Steven Johnson
Man sells his soul. Gets some superpowers and a super-powered bike as perks. The catch: he is a post-supper superhero of sorts, who gets his powers only when it’s dark, and when his skull is on fire. Then, he zips around town, vanquishing evil. In short, Mad Max just got madder.
With some sense of humour, they’d have made a toon flick out of this one. Instead, they chose to cast a definitely looking-wasted Nic Cage in a weird mumbo jumbo mix that happens to be the latest Marvel Comics adaptation for the screen. What’s worse, director Mark Steven Johnson (he directed the much-flogged Daredevil before this) tries to be dead serious about this whole hell trip on hot wheels.
<b1>It’s like this: Cage is Johnny Blaze, stunt bike rider (pardon the tripe surname, that’s Marvel’s brainwave). To save his ailing father, Blaze sells his soul to the demon Mephistopheles as a youngster.
In the process, he also loses his sanitised-at-heart lady love, Roxanne. But Roxanne can’t just go away — box-office demands, you see. So, years later she returns as the hotbootied Eva Mendes, now a reporter.
The demon returns too, with an offer: Blaze can be Ghost Rider — biker with superpowers to crush evil, if he agrees to destroy Blackheart, Mephistopheles’s nemesis and son. Blackheart it seems has a one-point takeover ambition: he wants to own hell.
Watch Ghost Rider for some super bike stunts, if you must. Else, stick to more sane superheroes.