“The Ghost Who Walks” is a potential tear-jerker which, if it doesn’t make you cry, at least provides you with a thrill ride.
|Screenplay By||Cody Stokes, Ben Bostick|
|Date Released (Netflix)||4/7/2020|
|Genre(s)||Action, Crime, Drama|
|Duration||1 Hour, 46 Minutes|
|Nolan’s Dad||Dennis Lebby|
This content contains pertinent spoilers.
For about 5 to 6 years, Nolan was in prison, and initially, he was due for at least 10 more. However, with taking a deal and snitching, he was let out early. With that happening, Nolan made it his sole goal to see his daughter, Amy, and maybe reconnect and run off with her mother, Lena. However, the combination of his snitching with what happened while he went away challenges every hope and expectation, leaving Nolan fighting for his life to see the only thing left worth fighting for.
Nolan’s Fight To See His Daughter – 84
There is something beautiful about a father risking it all to be reunited with his kid. Granted, one could submit if he was smarter, the obstacle keeping him from his kid wouldn’t be there. However, we don’t know Nolan’s full story, so who is to say what opportunities presented themselves over his lifetime. All we know is, there was a disconnect between Nolan and his child, and he decided to end that.
Which, as a driving force, is so admirable and when you see him cry at the first sight of her, and how he gets dressed up and everything, it might get you in your emotions a bit. Not to the point of outright crying, but the impact likely will be more than expected.
The Action Sequences Weren’t That Bad – 80
“The Ghost Who Walks” is by no means flashy or violent to the point of flinching. But, it isn’t a bunch of sound effects and clearly staged blows either. There is a happy medium here. One that is good enough to show Nolan, Stitch, and others, truly were in a fight, but no fight at the level where you’ll be hyped whenever you see someone working under Donnie or Monty show up.
Stitch – 85
Aside from Nolan’s journey to see his daughter, Stitch may also get you in your feelings. Especially as Nolan lays out his backstory dealing with many of his cuts originating from life lessons to people eventually cutting his for fun. It helps you appreciate Nolan and Stitch’s relationship and develops a second reason to get emotionally invested in the film.
It Makes You Wish Minor Characters Got To Be Around More – 89
One of the places Nolan goes, hoping to muster support in dealing with his ex-boss Donnie, is Dunya’s strip club, where there happens to be sex workers. Now, Dunya has the kind of presence where you fully could see the actress, Linda Kennedy, as a villain or wise sage in a sci-fi show. For there is just something about her that seems just as capable of having someone slice your throat as she prepares tea as petting the hero’s head because life has become so hard.
The same could be said for Mitzie, one of Dunya’s sex workers. If the film decided to take a different route, you could imagine Mitzie and Nolan falling in love. There was real chemistry there, and while Mitzie had a hard life, there is something about two people who struggled lessening each other’s burden, which is always lovely to see.
Would Watch Again? – One and Done
Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)
To some surprise, “The Ghost Who Walks” Is a good film. The kind which might only be worth watching once but could easily become something that is the launchpad for many of those involved. Heck, if I was in casting, I’d definitely take note of the majority of the actors mentioned. For if there is one thing you don’t consistently find in films that lack marketing and press, it is diamonds in the rough. Though I’d submit, most of these diamonds have been polished, it is they just need the right setting and lighting to truly shine.
In the end, after outrunning Donnie’s men, momentarily, Nolan is able to spend a moment with Amy. Mind you, in a Santa suit, unable to reveal he is the father, but with Donnie showing Nolan enough mercy to speak to his child, even hug her, Nolan is given a short reprieve. But this film doesn’t have a happy ending. For with Lena married to Donnie, and Donnie’s men waiting for Donnie to shut the door so that they can kill Nolan, who they have been trying to take out throughout the movie, things seem bad. And considering Stitch was the one who snitched on Nolan, even if Nolan found a way to make it out alive, he’d likely be on his own. Especially since snitching on Donnie made it so his own father beat him on sight to get him out.
The only way this could have a sequel is Nolan escaping. But with him at the end of a hall, with the glass behind him a bit too thick to just kick in or run through, more than likely he is going to die. Thus nullifying a sequel. However, there could also be a prequel.