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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…
This exceptional queer Cageian homage to the I Ching divination a la sortes Homericae, sortes Virgilianae, sortes Sanctorum, so on and so on (pardon the indulgence), utilizes the dīvān of Hafiz sensationalized through the Menachem Mendel Schneerson paradigm of Rhapsodomancy colloquially called Babalawo. Through Cage's persona and the use of the divining chain known as Opele, or the sacred palm or kola nuts called Ikin, on the wooden divination tray called Opon Ifá, “gay science”, whose joie de vivre thrives wherever the tyranny of truth increases and wherever the tyranny of reason is exasperated, along with a syzygial alignment of three celestial bodies and the teachings of Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson develop an extension of pataphysics called the patapho.…
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.
Estoy en shock.
No estoy muy seguro de lo que acabo de ver, pero sé que era una mierda.
Es una sucesión de escenas incongruentes, que parecen trozos de varias películas, cambios de tono constantes que no tienen ningún sentido, un guión ''cortarollos'' con momentos muy fuera de lugar, (FUERÍSIMA DE LUGAR)... No es una mierda, son varias mierdas de distinto nivel unidas para intentar formar una película.
Y lo peor es que la película tiene momentazos de acción que me han encantado. ¿Por qué es lo peor? Porque he terminado la película con ganas de ver algo más, y sin esos momentazos no me habría quedado tan desconcertado, simplemente habría sabido que he perdido dos horas de mi vida…
"His mission to protect the innocent was perverted into a lust to punish the guilty. He became the Spirit of Vengeance."
I get it when people make bad movies. I get it when sequels are bad. What I DON'T get is how someone saw the first Ghost Rider movie and thought "Hey, let's make a sequel to that that's even worse than the first one!".
film rating: 2
cage rating: 4,5 (only because of the "scraping at the door"-sequence. the finest moment in the career of the messsiah)
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE is truly and inherently about the insanity neoliberal ethics inspire. Capitalist logics, such as that of "the deal", are highlighted as those that alienate us from ourselves, and are consequently rightly associated with "evil". Through this evil, spirits of justice become spirits of vengeance; spirits of communism become spirits of private interest. The violence of debt, of making debt through credit, is overcome through violence against debt, through violently refusing it—through a dialectical search for the good in the evil. In the overcoming of neoliberal, market entrapment, the spectre of communism is freed in the name of justice—Johnny Blaze rides again.
However, SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE is hampered by its time limit, elements being added spontaneously,…
Acting as more of a reboot than a sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is superior to its predecessor, both as a film and as an adaptation, with a more interesting story and characters, fun action sequences, impressive visual effects, witty dark humor, and solid performances.
Here's the thing with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, it's not really a sequel to the first Ghost Rider as the origin of Ghost Rider is told differently from the first, but Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze. Half of this is better than the first Ghost Rider and it feels and looks like what a Ghost Rider film should look and feel like, it's great but then we've got the other half. All in all, let's just say I still haven't seen a great Ghost Rider film even though I feel like this could be a great comic book movie.
Johnny Blaze has been hiding away from the rest of the world so that nobody gets hurt.…
So Damn terrible, Cage pulls more funny faces, there are cheesy lines, fights that kinda just fizzle out, bad guys who talk too much instead of killing people,
but even after all that, I didn't hate it. It is so bad, but not unredeemable, It's hanging by a thread tho :P
This film definitely has advantages over the first one. No forced attempt at a romantic subplot, slightly better CGI (there are still some cheap-looking CGI moments, but overall it's an improvement), Idris Elba, Death From Above 1979, no Eva Mendes. Make no mistake, though, it's still not good, but it's not unwatchable. It definitely has more signature Nicolas Cage moments than its predecessor, which can be either a good or a bad thing, depending on your taste, and these are often accentuated by some frantic editing, which can be a bit grating at times.
It regularly attempts to add small amounts of comedy into the script, but fails every time, which in itself is a bid comedic.
It's short enough…
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