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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.
When Ghost Rider is beating up bad guys this movie is pretty awesome, when Ghost Rider isn't beating up bad guys this movie is nothing of actual value. A character like Ghost Rider seems far to restricted in a PG-13 flick. I see lots of potential with a Ghost Rider movie if it can be more grim and dark in tone, as it looks now it just doesn't work out.
Johnny Blaze: You will tell me or I will eat your stinking soul!
First twenty minutes are fun. Rest sucks. HE'S SCRAPING AT THE DOOOOOOR.
Se o gênero fosse comédia, teria dado uma avaliação melhor.
I've seen but don't remember the first film but I don't think that had any bearing on this viewing. It also doesn't help seeing this of the back of great action films like Godzilla, X-Men DOTP and Edge Of Tomorrow. If Edge Of Tomorrow manages to capture everything that's good about video games then Spirit of Vengeance does the opposite and highlights what's wrong with so many video games. A nonsense story, dull characters, weak performances, overblown action that looks good but has no meaning, flashily edited with energy but no soul or significance. You also only get brief moments of Cage being Cage before he's replaced with FX, I'd love to see the version without the flaming skull.
It had some acceptable footage. And Nicolas Cage did something with his face. Uhm. And there is this thing about vehicles that get, like, super powers. Yeah.
Great, back on with Nicolas Cage Season!
This is much better than Ghost Rider. The baddies are still camp, but slightly less shit. Ghost Rider can now possess ANY vehicle, including one of those giant things on tracks with an immense circular blade which are used for strip mining - can you imagine one of those on fire and causing carnage? There's some boring stuff about a story, Nicolas Cage wants to be free of the "evil" Ghost Rider - why? and Stringer Bell co-stars as an alcoholic murder monk.
This one was really bad frankly I don't know why I watched it. Ciarán Hinds is one of my favorite actors, but here he makes Cage look Oscar worthy. I wish I was kidding. God knows why Idris Elba said yes to this. There was a whole lot of dumb here and yet I found myself enjoying it in some places.
Everything is better without Eva Mendes and her replacement was quite a welcome change. I never liked the look of the rider in the first one so I was surprised by the new look. Villains in the first one were little more than a bad joke, but here they're a step up. Probably won't even remember them in a few days though. Its a decent effort and might even watch it again.
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