Nicolas Cage is an unfortunate financial institution robber once more in Sion Sono’s Prisoners of the Ghostland. Cage followers will recall that again in 1990, one in every of his career-best roles noticed him botch a heist in David Lynch’s Wild At Coronary heart. As just lately as 2016, he performed one other unsuccessful felony in Canine Eat Canine, whereas his cop-turned-villain in Kick-Ass didn’t fare too effectively both. This newest outing as a hapless lawbreaker could be essentially the most deranged of all.
Having didn’t rob a financial institution in Samurai City, Cage’s misnamed Hero is obtainable the prospect of early launch by slimy native bigwig The Governor (horror veteran Invoice Moseley from movies resembling The Home of 1000 Corpses). The Governor asks Hero to save lots of his “granddaughter” Bernice (Sofia Boutella) from a poisonous industrial desert space known as Ghostland and is clothed in a leather-based jumpsuit like Common Zod from Superman II. He’s understandably perturbed to seek out explosives inside the swimsuit across the neck, arms and testicles primed to go off if he steps out of line with Bernice and is given three days to get her again.
Virtually all the pieces in Japanese director Sono’s first English-language movie is eccentric, with a lot of it leaning towards the outright weird. When Hero reaches Ghostland, it’s a cursed, Mad Max-style city of filthy, decrepit trade and grotesque inhabitants however one way or the other essentially the most pedestrian of Toshihiro Isomi’s units within the movie. It makes extra sense than Samurai City, which is a garish neon-cowboy-geisha extravaganza. Nonetheless, it gives a cracking backdrop for some ace Samurai swordfights with blades dashing throughout the display as cherry blossoms fall and blood spills.
Sofia Boutella and Nicolas Cage in ‘Prisoners Of The Ghostland’ CREDIT: RLJE Movies / Courtesy Everett Assortment
Hero, a Cage protagonist nearly as agonised as Mandy’s Purple, fights, kills and quotes Shakespeare with aplomb whereas struggling nightmare visions of a younger boy who died within the financial institution theft he was imprisoned for. For her half Boutella, quick changing into a stalwart of the left-of-centre style cinema that draws actors like Cage, absolutely commits. However then, having performed the lead in Gaspar Noé’s dance-horror Climax, how a lot additional down the rabbit gap can one go?
Cage, Boutella and particularly Moseley carry spirited performances that swimsuit Sono’s whacky visible type, whereas Tak Sakaguchi is notable as key Samurai antagonist Yasujiro. There’s additionally pleasure within the blood-letting, an uncommon musical quantity and the weird costumes. However sadly, whereas a late-night cult crowd will go bananas for Prisoners of the Ghostland, it’s an excessive amount of of a large number to suggest to all with out important warning.
- Director: Sion Sono
- Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Invoice Moseley
- Launch date: September 17 (in choose cinemas throughout the UK)
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