There is an infallible law of nature that for every great role that Nicolas Cage plays, he takes on 1,672.02 roles that are utter utter sh*te. Francis Ford Coppola's nephew, Nic has played some great roles in some great movies - like 'Birdy;' 'Wild at Heart;' 'Raising Arizona;' 'Leaving Las Vegas;' 'Adaptation;' 'Kick Ass.' He's played some fun roles - like 'Face Off' and 'Air Con.' And then there's the others - the mind numbing awful dreadful horrible others - like 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin;' 'World Trade Centre;' 'Knowing;' 'Next;' 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice;' both 'National Treasure' movies and the first case of sh*te on a bike that was 'Ghost Rider.'
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.
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