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Ghost Rock (2003)
Not at all bad.
Jeff Fahey comes in a kicks some ass for the first fifteen minutes as the opening action sequence blazes along then disappears for the whole movie only to inexplicably return to kick some ass again during the action climax. Ghost Rock doesn't take itself too seriously which is a major plus point mixing some cheerful humour with a story of revenge and ruthless killers. There are several established comic roles, surprisingly Fahey being one. There is a token bad guy, an evil megalomaniac and a posse to round everyone up. Great stuff if you are in the mood and a couple of nifty ideas due to a limited budget.
I have always been attracted to Jeff Fahey movies. I find him reliable, however, some of the recent productions he has been involved in have been embarrassing, The Contract, Blind Heat and The Sculptress being some of the most rubbish. However, Fahey has been highly watchable in all, giving each film that little something to keep you going.
This film is by far and away one of his best. Funny, thrilling, slightly gory and fairly fresh. A little slow moving but the gags keep it interesting (more subtle humour and a couple of wise cracks for good measure).
Fahey doesn't do much comedy so this is a welcome addition and he shows that there is a funny side to him. The film doesn't let the comedy get in the way of the drama, or the action. It successfully blends all the elements together.
The finale is one of the most emotional scenes I have experienced is quite some time. As Fahey looks to co-star Kellie Waymire in the last few seconds of his life, her realisation that he is going to sacrifice himself for her, a couple of 1 second flashbacks and Amazing Grace playing over the top really pushed me to well up. It was a stunning scene executed perfectly.
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Another reviewer commented on the box art, to which I fully agree. I remember seeing a poster with Fahey and Waymire in straight jackets trying to hug. This picture would have been a great deal more fitting. Slightly humorous but more relevant to the subject matter of the system our heroes are forced into.
I thoroughly recommend this, it will help anyone who doubts Fahey's screen presence realise why he continues to work albeit he does make some hokey rubbish but he still stands strong throughout.
Also, its good to see Leslie Easterbrook outside of Police Academy. She is still rather sexy too.