“Prisoners of the Ghostland” Sundance 2021 Review

Nicolas Cage is on an insanely weird streak of movies with MANDY, COLOR OUT OF SPACE, and the latest PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND
And I absolutely love it. I feel like he’s in a position where he can just do whatever he wants and it works. Who else has that kind of acting force? I’m not even kidding at all when I say Nicolas Cage is one of the most legendary performers of our time.

The film takes place in Japan but is an English language film. A first for Sion Sono. The premise is simple, Nicolas Cage is a criminal who was recruited to find and return The Governor’s adopted granddaughter. Simple enough, right? WRONG. The twist is the Nicolas Cage is forced to wear a suit rigged with explosives that will self destruct in 3 days (5 really, but watch the damn movie). What follows is absolutely insane and I won’t say much more, as I think you should go into this as unknowingly as you can.

This is definitely one of the most original films I’ve seen in a while, and from what I’ve heard is one of Sion Sono’s tamer films which makes me think of how weird and unhinged his other films are.
If you’re a Nicolas Cage fan or a fan of just weird-ass movies, this is a must-watch.