Duration: 102 minutes
Director: Sion Sono
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, Bill Moseley and Tak Sakaguchi
In theaters from October 7, 2021 (Singapore)
Actor Nicholas Cage has officially crossed the hill, if he hasn’t yet.
I mean, when was the last time Cage starred in a movie that really moved the masses? Honestly, I don’t remember. Perhaps there is an eon in Leaving Las Vegas (1995).
Prisoners Of The Ghostland makes you feel exactly like its title – captive and mesmerized by the disbelief of its bizarre and convoluted East meets West themes, with cowboys from the Wild Wild West singing in the south alongside geishas cackling in unintelligible Japanese.
The plot is more mystifying. Cage is a notorious bandit captive of the Governor (Bill Moseley) of Samurai Town (someone has to behead this screenwriter) and protected by an aggressively brooding Japanese samurai, Yasujiro (Tak Sakaguchi).
Cage is dragged out one fine day, completely naked except for his pantyhose, and laughs at the town, which consists of geishas (surprises), kimono-clad Japanese people wielding swords, and trigger-bleating cowboys.
In order to redeem himself for robbing the local bank, Hero (yes, that’s the name of Cage’s character) is tasked by the governor with saving his adopted granddaughter Bernice (Sofia Boutella), who escaped from the city. town and wanders somewhere around Ghostland.
Hero is then forcefully dressed in a leather suit, which has six orbs that will explode on various parts of his body if he demonstrates or intends to harm the Governor’s Daughter. He has five days to find Bernice, or the two orbs at his throat will explode and kill him.
The rest of the movie is a painful, hazy lollygagger that makes absolutely no sense. Cage can’t decide whether to ride a bike or drive to Ghostland, but ends up crashing after deciding to drive after encountering “ghosts”.
He is rescued by some very weird people who are reminiscent of the Mad Max set, and is dragged through their even weirder town populated by an eclectic group of misfits who constantly play tug-of-war with a clock tower in an attempt to ‘stop time .
There is also an English pastor who plays the role of village chief who leads them from a mobile library car, and a Chinese lady who shouts prophetic words in Mandarin, which are quickly translated into slaughtered English by a choir. lackeys.
I cannot take this film seriously.
But one scene that absolutely takes the cake was when one of the orbs on Cage’s costume explodes in his groin area, and the actor holds a bloody testicle in one hand and looks at it almost lovingly before he goes. collapse in the dust.
Which perfectly sums up how I felt about the film. If you’ve been in the mood to rip your testicles out while watching Prisoners Of The Ghostland, know that you’re not the only one.
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