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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.
Now convinced this is their second best. PG-13 forces them to branch out their creativity, culminating in those gorgeous motorcycle shots. Their secretive skill with old school dramatics and character work is revealed here it spades, the final act a surprisingly moving piece of populist cinema (and easily the best adoption of T2's arc out there).
Superhero films should be allowed to get as weird and termitic as this. The genre could actually achieve something.
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.
Strangely dull for a film in which Nic Cage spews fire and chains and pisses napalm.
What the Hell is this doing being a Knight's production and not being R. "Where's a F'in pirate when you need one?" I call bullshit.
Therefore: "I CHOOSE NOT TO REVIEW!"
It hurts a little to imagine how cool this could have been had Neveldine/Taylor not been shackled to a PG-13 rating that has them cutting away exactly at the moments where we've come to expect a close-up. Also, considering that this is a Neveldine/Taylor joint starring motherfucking Nicolas Cage, there sure are a lot of moments were nothing outrageous (or even remotely interesting) seems to be going on. Still, the key players get to doodle in the margins quite a bit, making this the better of the two films in this struggling franchise - though regrettably not by a very substantial margin.
I forced myself to watch this just so that I had watched both Ghost Rider films. But I didn't like the first, and I don't like Nicolas Cage, so this sequel had no chance.
Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but theres never enough Ghost Rider
Most people seem to agree on the fact that this second Ghost Rider movie is even worst than that dreadful campy thing that came out in 2007. I disagree. I think that, though it remains an incredibly lame and lousy film, it was a little improvement over the previous one.
At least this time the visual effects and the action were a bit more decent, but once again everything concerning plot and characters was extremely poor and cringe-worthily bad, though I guess it wasn’t boring and that would be the only thing going on for it. Nicolas Cage overacted like an annoying maniac.
As far as comic book movies go Ghost Rider was pretty poor, but that was Raiders of the Lost Ark, while this is Temple of Doom.
A few inventive action scenes can't compensate for the terrible script. If they hadn't had Nic Cage, the movie would have been unwatchable.
The Good: Nick Cage is allowed to go full crazy at a few points.
The Bad: Film is a bag of dicks. Which is a shame, because the concept to have an awesome heavy metal, balls to the wall action movie is there (and is even in danger of happening for brief milliseconds in this film), but it is squandered again and again for turgid tripe.
I'm talking hellscapes, demons, motorised carnage and a rockin soundtrack. But no, we just have some rubbish about some kid who is maybe but might not be the antichrist?
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