E. Steven chez SIFFBlog stands the fuck up for Nick. The New Yorker review (I think, can’t recall exactly) celebrated the performance as well. Citing other reviewers’ appreciation of my own fave Cage vehicle, the gotta-see-it-to-beleive-it-Vampire’s-Kiss (best if watched as the lead-in on a double bill with Repulsion), he builds to this inescapable, irrefutable truth:

Lastly, and most importantly, despite all its shortcomings, the film is basically a bunch of images of a demonic, flaming skull-guy on a motorcycle. Maybe it’s the Scorpio Rising fan in me, but that right there is pretty much a movie.

I’ll buy that for a dollar!