Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
He Rides Again.
Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. In this gritty new vision for the character, Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Idris Elba) to save a young boy from the devil... and possibly rid himself of his curse forever
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the best comic-book adaptation ever made. The brilliant hands-on auteur pairing of Neveldine/Taylor continue their streak of incredible films by doing the impossible: making a good comic-book movie.
Sure, there have been good films that are based on comics, such as The Dark Knight and Spiderman 2, but those aren't comic-book movies. The problem with a director like Christopher Nolan (and to a lesser extent, Sam Raimi or Bryan Singer), is that they want to bring the comic characters into our world. For a film like Watchmen, which is based on serious material, this is not a problem, but most comics aren't serious properties. If you break down comics to their bare essentials, you…
The original Ghost Rider movie was shoddily made, anemic and, most importantly, incredibly dull yet there should be something cinematic about the comic book character. The prospect of Neveldine and Taylor, the directors responsible for the wonderfully over the top Crank series, seemed like a perfect fit for our flame skulled anti-hero, so what went so horribly wrong?
Well if Neveldine and Taylor’s involvement in non-Crank films is anything to go by they struggle when they aren’t coming up with ways for Jason Statham to keep his heart ticking along. Whilst they have shown they work well on a tight budget this time around they appear to be curtailed by studio control too. At no point should this have ever…
"Merry Christmas, you assholes!" - Johnny Blaze
I can think of worse ways to spend 90 minutes. With exceedingly low expectations, and a constant referral back to the horrifically average 2007 original, I was prepared for the worst. But in my eyes, the Cage is never boring. And this is the Cagiest Cage film I've seen in a while.
Dripping with his own personal brand of madness, the film is far from good, but it's so over-the-top and mental that it's kinda loveable. Cage owns the movie by being the worst thing in a bad film, and like in The Wicker Man, this helps things considerably.
My rating of this film is not for the quality of it. It's for the enjoyment. Just a good bit of mental fun, and a completely harmless waste of time. Plus, Christopher Lambert is in it. If that doesn't make you want to watch it, then there's nothing I can do for you.
A film with a bad-ass comic book character, Nicholas Cage and the duo who made the Crank films, what could possibly go wrong? ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING.
It's worst crime is not nearly being as offensive as it should be. It isn't at all, frankly and manages to be quite boring in the process. Slap an R rating on this and have the Rider go on a bloody tear ripping off heads and shit. Come on, give me that much.
It's better than the first, but that isn't really saying much. The effects are still terrible. The story is even more muddled, contrived and all over the place. Nic Cage still isn't used to his full insane potential. There's some decent action. It's cool seeing Idris Elba, one of my favorite actors, in this but he's honestly been in and deserves a lot better. All in all, it's still a pretty shit film with just does a few things better than it's predecessor. When the coolest thing about the film is seeing Ghost Rider taking a flaming piss for a few seconds, there's something wrong with your film.
Also, am I the only one who thinks that Carrigan guy sounds exactly like Christian Slater?
Well, Jesus Fucking Christ. Who let this happen? Who is responsible for this? Who thought this was a good idea? Two somewhat capable directors and a lead who has proven he can act when he wants to, AND Idris Elba, AND solid source material (the character, not the first film, although admittedly that's better than this), and THIS is what you shit out? For Christ's sake. It's about a guy who rides a motorcycle while his head is on fire. HOW DO YOU MAKE THAT SO BORING?
Slightly better than the atrocious first movie, Spirit of Vengeance is still a mediocre outing for Marvel's Ghost Rider. Despite the solid visual effects which are no doubt entertaining, the movie is let down by a mediocre script, poor direction, and a hilariously bad performance from Nicolas Cage.
Neveldine/Taylor is enough for me to sell a movie, ranging from their best (Crank 2: High Voltage) to their worst (Gamer) movies, one thing is clear, it’s going to be interesting to watch what crazy shit they’re going to pull this time. So here we have a sequel to what is generally considered one of the worst comic book movie adaptations. And then there’s Nicolas Cage.
Poor Johnny Blaze, his hairline has completely changed in just a couple of years and now is decidedly receding. So Idris Elba approaches him and basically says „Save this chick and you’ll get your soul back,” and Blaze is like „ok”. The deal is some bad guys have some woman’s son and he goes…
This movie was painful to watch. I love superhero movies but this movie is a train wreck of epic proportions. I don't understand why they felt the need to make a sequel to a bad movie.
The story is weak, the character isn't compelling and even the action scenes are disappointing.
Not often do i find myself looking at my watch during a movie hoping for it be over.
Not good, and that's coming from a superhero film lover.
cage is on top form
9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (3D): Strip away the corny/cheap style from the 1st movie, give it a straightforward simple story with some stylized action and no stupid twists or some crappy B-story and you have a decent lo-fi action flick. And letting the “Nic Cage crazy” out of the bag for 90+mins made for some fun too.