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Prisoners of the Ghostland

  • Action
  • Sci-fi
  • 2021
  • Sion Sono
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

A notorious criminal must break an evil curse in order to rescue an abducted girl who has mysteriously disappeared.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Adventures featuring felons press-ganged into do-or-die missions (The Dirty Dozen, Escape from New York) remain a staple of action entertainment. But with cult Japanese director Sion Sono at the helm of this mash-up of samurai, western and post-apocalypse genres, the rescue of a missing woman (Sofia Boutella) from a barren wasteland is anything but typical. Nicolas Cage stars as the nameless, incarcerated bank robber who is given the assignment by the town tyrant (horror stalwart Bill Moseley), who gleefully puts him in a booby-trapped leather suit timed to self-destruct in five days. Sono's surreal, tongue-in-cheek ride contains bloody sword fights and gun battles (often simultaneously) and blends stunning visuals with bleak landscapes. Cage's furious charisma keeps the incredulity at bay and there's a welcome cameo from his old Face/Off co-star Nick Cassavetes as a gun-crazy psycho. It has its lulls, but Sono's English-language debut is batty stuff and remains weirdly enthralling.

Credits

Cast

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HeroNicolas Cage
BerniceSofia Boutella
PsychoNick Cassavetes
The GovernorBill Moseley
YasujiroTak Sakaguchi
RatManYoung Dais

Crew

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DirectorSion Sono

Details

Released on
2021-09-17
Languages
English | Japanese | French
Formats
Colour
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