Prisoners of the Ghostland

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, 65% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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.
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    Isaac FeldbergInverse
    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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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Utterly barmy.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Prisoners of the Ghostland isn't campy enough to be camp.
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    Nick AllenRogerEbert.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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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Sono may indulge in madness, but it's not madness without reason.
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    Ian FreerEmpire 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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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    More derisive than clever, the film manages to reach the minimum accepted levels of entertainment even without revealing a dash of emotion.
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    Therese LacsonNerdophiles
    It's far from perfect, but there are a couple of one-liners that deserve a place in a hall of fame.
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    Jeremy AspinallRadio Times
    It has its lulls, but Sono's English-language debut is batty stuff and remains weirdly enthralling.
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    Oscar GoffBoston Hassle
    Prisoners of the Ghostland is clearly trying very hard to be weird, but I was nevertheless impressed that it managed to stake out some new territory.
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