Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance(2012)
Nicolas Cage returns as Marvel Comics' Ghost Rider. Also stars Idris Elba (The Wire) and Ciarán Hinds (There Will Be Blood). From the directors of Crank.... More
Set several years after the first film, Johnny Blaze (Cage) is in self-imposed exile in Eastern Europe – lamenting his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - when he is recruited by Moreau (Elba). A member of a secret sect of the church, Moreau asks Blaze to use his powers to to protect a mother and son from the devil (Hinds).
"This is a completely original interpretation of Ghost Rider," says Cage. "It's not a sequel [to 2007's Ghost Rider] at all. Everything about it is different including the origin sequence. They'll see new camera moves, high adrenaline, it's like extreme sports. I think the movies going to be an incredibly wild ride."Hide
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BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
The first Ghost Rider wasn’t particularly well received, so many wrote off its sequel's chances the moment it was announced. However, with a surprisingly wicked trailer and Crank boys Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor at the helm, it had optimists like me wondering: could this be a supremely awesome action flick?... More
Nope. All those cool-looking set pieces are still present and cool-looking. Neveldine and Taylor’s signature ADD editing and frenetic camera work really add to the action sequences, as does the impressive CGI. Unfortunately, every action scene serves as an oasis, sparsely scattered in the desert of B-movie dullness.
The majority of the film is spent loitering around its devil-needs-a-new-human-vessel storyline, centring on a kid who is supposedly the son of Satan (proving to be the most boring child antichrist in history). Character connections are made but serve no point, a needless father-son subplot is shoehorned in and the lame-tastic dialog has only a very limited appeal. Whenever Nic Cage isn’t freaking out about something, he’s completely dreary-eyed and speaking in a monotone. It’s hard not to watch Spirit of Vengeance without giving it the penance stare.
It’s the same, tired complaint: most of the cool stuff in the movie is in the trailer. What we're left with is a largely uninteresting movie that simply refuses to give us the excitement we want.Hide
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
So why (oh why?) the sequel? Who knows...
You'd think that having the excellent Idris Elba (the British Denzel Washington) in the cast would help, right? Wrong. Idris is wasted. You'd think that at least maverick, shoot-from-the-hip-whilst-on-rollerblades directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who gave us the zany, brilliantly shot 'Crank,' would save the movie. Wrong again. Okay, so maybe you'd hope that Nic's on top form as an unpredictable actor - part psycho, part method-thesp, part Elvis-channelling firebrand. Sorry - wrong again. This is the gurning, ego-explosion Nic of the so-bad-it's-funny 'Wicker Man' remake.
What you get is a rapidly edited hollow sounding CGI'd nothing that you just can't help wishing would emulate Cage's character, Johnny Blaze, and burst into flame and consume this sorry mess. Still, it's great for 12 year old boys who loved the first 'Ghost Rider.' But if you want some quality all-out action for your buck - do yourself a favour and go see Gareth Evans' Indonesian action masterpiece 'The Raid' - it kicks Ghost Rider's bony burning butt.Hide