"No Sympathy for the Devil"
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GHOST RIDER is sometimes flat and cheesy despite good-looking, but scary, special effects and earnest performances. Although it gives the Devil and his minions more power than they really have, the movie has a strong Christian, biblical and moral perspective. Johnny regrets his decision to sell his soul and tries to set things right and do good. This allows viewers to root for the protagonist in good faith. The movie also contains foul language and scary images, however, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.
(CC, BB, FR, O, LL, VV, N, A, D, M) Strong Christian worldview with strong biblical and moral elements done within the context of a scary supernatural thriller about a fight with the Devil and some rogue demons by a hero who was tricked into selling his soul to the Devil but finds a way to turn it around and fight for good, including references to the New Testament, a Catholic priest, Jesus, Michael the Archangel, and people ask whether God will give people a second chance if they make a mistake, mitigated by the fact that the Devil and demons are given more power than they really have and man tells hero that one of his mistakes was done for a good reason so he probably deserves a second chance, plus man searches for answers to his troubles with the Devil in arcane books that seem to offer some occult solutions; 15 obscenities, two strong profanities and five light profanities; strong, sometimes scary violent content such as images of a supernatural creature called a ghost rider and referred to as "the Devil's bounty hunter" who captures souls and rogue demons to send them to Hell or back to Hell and is a person who becomes a flaming skeleton riding a horse or a motorcycle, demon freezes people to death with their bodies turning black and cold, ghost rider whips flaming chain to fight and capture demons, scary looking demons can transform into dust and water beings to attack people and the ghost rider, ghost rider drags helicopter with his sometimes flaming chain used as a whip, demon crashes truck into ghost rider, head rogue demon gets contract to a thousand souls so he can gather them and their power inside himself, supernatural beings fight and punch and kick one another, demon threatens woman's life, ghost rider sets objects on fire and breaks windows and car windows as he rides in street and climbs building, demon threatens priest and it is vaguely implied that he probably killed the priest, motorcycle crashes, death-defying motorcycle jumps, etc.; no sex but some kissing between hero and the love of his life; upper male nudity in scene where hero comes out of shower wearing a towel around his waist; alcohol use; hero's father smokes but movie shows that the smoking has caused cancer so movie is really anti-smoking; and, demon kidnaps woman and holds her for ransom to get power to take over the earth and Hell itself and young man sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life but comes to regret his decision as he realizes the consequences and eventually decides to use the supernatural power the Devil has given him to fight the Devil and his schemes to "shed innocent blood."
GHOST RIDER is a unique comic-book movie that has some positive things going for it, despite the movie’s scary images and themes. Adapted from a Marvel comic book series that has gone through three incarnations, it is a supernatural comic-book thriller that makes a strong nod to Christian, biblical values.
Nicolas Cage stars as Johnny Blaze, a famous motorcycle stunt rider. When he was younger, Johnny sold his soul to the Devil to save his father’s life from terminal cancer. Johnny’s fateful decision separated him from the love of his life, Roxanne, who’s now a TV reporter. Now, the Devil has come to collect his due. At night, he transforms Johnny into the ghost rider, the Devil’s bounty hunter, to capture some rogue demons. The rogue demons, led by a character called Blackheart, want to find a missing contract for a thousand souls so they can take over earth and wrest control of Hell itself from the Devil’s grasp. Johnny is determined, however, to confront his fate and use his supernatural powers to defeat both the demons and the Devil.
GHOST RIDER is sometimes flat and cheesy despite some good-looking, but scary, special effects and earnest performances. Although it gives the Devil and his minions more power than they really have, the movie has a strong Christian, biblical and moral perspective. Johnny regrets his decision to sell his soul and tries to set things right and do good. There is also some discussion in the movie about trying to get a second chance (of course, Jesus Christ is the God of second chances). All this allows viewers to root for the protagonist in good faith. The movie also contains some foul language and scary images, however, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution. This is a movie for teenagers and adults, not pre-adolescents.