Prisoners of the Ghostland
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)

In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber (Nicolas Cage) is sprung from jail by a wealthy warlord, The Governor (Bill Moseley), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Sofia Boutella) has run away. Strapped into… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 17, 2021
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2021
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Prisoners of the Ghostland is far from Sono's most distinctive work, but viewers in the mood for a deliriously gonzo genre mash-up featuring an explosive performance from Nicolas Cage just might have a ball.

Isaac Feldberg
Inverse

What's most missing in all this mayhem, though, is the vision of an auteur actively engaged with the meaning of the euphorically gonzo tableaux he's staging.

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Nick Allen
RogerEbert.com

No movie with Nicolas Cage, directed by the wonderfully weird Japanese director Sion Sono, should be this taxing, drawn out, and plainly boring.

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Adam Barnhardt
ComicBook.com

Prisoners of the Ghostland tries to be something larger than it really is, and it doesn't spend enough time excelling in any certain spot to make itself stand out from the rest of the field.

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Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)

Utterly barmy.

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Clarisse Loughrey
Independent (UK)

Sono may indulge in madness, but it's not madness without reason.

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Matt Brunson
Film Frenzy

The movie is aptly titled, since most viewers will feel as if they're being held hostage by this dreary, punishing slog.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Prisoners of the Ghostland isn't campy enough to be camp.

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Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

Prisoners OfTheGhostland is by turns brilliant andrubbish.Cage is in his element, it has visual invention to spare, and the fight scenes are fun,but it's a shame such imagination is tethered toequallyall-over-the-place storytelling.

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Natasha Alvar
Cultured Vultures

Prisoners of the Ghostland is certainly gonzo, but is there meaning to the madness? It seems ironic that a film which contains so much bizarre imagery could feel so lackluster at the same time.

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