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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.
There is a kind of pleasant insanity to this film that makes it a bit better than the rather bland first one, but this still is by no means a Ghost Rider film.
I used to collect comics and one of my favourites was the Ghost Rider comic. Ghost Rider is a bleak, depressing and inhuman superhero without any kind of empathy. Its human host suffers from this as well but embraces it and tries to inject some humanity into the spirit of Vengeance, thus making a great symbiosis. This could make for a great film character, but here the emphasis lies on the action and it is more about Cage than about his demon.
Cage's interpretation of Blaze is…
Why did I watch this garbage?
Why oh why oh why?
It's poorly directed, abysmally edited, horrendously paced, and like it's predecessor, outlandish, ridiculous, and completely idiotic, especially when the filmmakers humanize The Devil as a Master of Stupidity rather than the Master of Evil.
But there's one thing that makes this a slight improvement over its bland predecessor.
Finally, in his role as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, does he manage to hit the kooky, over-the-top, madcap persona we know him as, and he's AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Especially when he urinates fire and gives manic Razzie-worthy dialogue like... "Scraping.... AT THE DOOR!!!! SCRAPING.... AT THE DOOR!!!"
Whew! What an entertaining and horrendous mess this is!
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.
Ghost Rider:Spirit Of Vengeance is by far a shitty movie with shitty dialogue, performances, action, CGI, and one liners. The only reason I kinda wanted to watch was because I want to watch every marvel movie ever made, even if they are bad! So with that said do not watch this movie unless you're like me. The first one was ok and had cool scenes but this one was just udder shit. The one star rating comes from the main girl being extremely attractive and the cinematography being pretty good.
In which... remember what I just said about Wrath of the Titans... indeed... this is certainly one of the worst sequels I've ever seen...
Except for the darker and grittier look of Ghost Rider which looks very cool, aswell as some nice action scenes, this sequel has nothing and I mean nothing going for it.
Neveldine/Taylor can make even a terrible movie very entertaining to watch. You know this isn't high art, it's barely good story telling but it is consistently awesome to look at, over the top and hilariously funny. Sometimes that's all you need... sometimes that's what a movie needs to be.
People will tell you "Ghost Rider 2 is one of the worst comic book films ever made". They're wrong. See that's the popular consensus that's been adopted by people who haven't seen the film. You read a review, that becomes the thing to say. Ghost Rider 2 is definitely a bad movie but it's far from the worst and it has just enough insane action and fun that I actually now…
This movie is hilarious because it doesn't take itself too seriously. It also knows how to best utilize Nicolas Cage.
No less 'so bad it's good', but not so much in a way I've revisited it since it came out. Cage has some good freak-outs, though, and the directing team behind Crank do a splendid job with the action set pieces.
I was hoping Neveldine/Taylor would bring their crazy brand of magic to make an entertaining movie. Unfortunately it didn't seem like they were in total control and there are very few times when they actually shine through.
Nicolas Cage is pretty amazing though.
Bija jāredz savām acīm, cik slikta tā ir. Un ir tiešām slikta. Stabili viena no trulākajām filmām, kura skatīta kinoteātrī.
"My name is Johnny Blaze. I'm the Ghost Rider".
*Much more action: This film contains more actions scenes which are of higher quality than that of the first film. An incredibly cool attribute given to Ghost Rider in this film is that he can possess machines other than his motorcycle which in this film includes trucks and a giant gnarly looking mining machine.
*Ghost Rider’s Look: Ghost Rider’s clothes look scorched and still smoldering along with his skull looking like a realistic human skull.
*Nicholas Cage’s Acting: Nicholas Cage drops his wooden acting from the last…
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