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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.
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.
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…
I don't think anyone actually asked for this to happen, however, it's a little more ridiculous, a little more nonsensical and a little more fun than the first film.
Sorta-sequel-maybe-reboot sees Johnny Blaze (Nic Cage at his maximum gurning crazy) riding around the most unattractive parts of Romania, trying to protect the son of Satan, the latter now downgraded from Peter Fonda to Ciarán Hinds. New directors Neveldine & Taylor seem like they'd be a good fit for the material, but instead seem to enable Cage's worst excesses. What they don't do, surprisingly, is bring any excitement to the action scenes, and the whole thing ends up being drab and joyless. DJ Big Dris is about the only interesting thing despite an unfortunate French accent.
A friend next to me put it very astutely: "I don't have much knowledge about film, but I would have done that differently." Imagine a movie that proceeds only in the following two ways: (1) a smash cut between two totally unestablished close-ups, like giant heads communicating a hundred miles apart ; or (2) synthetic, incessant zooming of CG effects, roving and weaving like a steady-cam on a roller coaster. That's it. And it's weird for all of five minutes, which seems to be the unrequited expectation of a Neveldine / Taylor movie.
Almost inconceivably bad. I guess the reboot of the series "Crank" style never worked.The only use I found for this flick was answering the question I had a few days ago "What the hell happened to Cristophe Lambert? Is he ok? "
Not great but a goddamn miracle compared to the first one. The Crank duo bring so much weird style and crazy visuals to it. Cage is stranger this time around, acts half exhausted, half manic and it sort of works. The effects are amazing, I think the Rider looks great this time around. Bonus Idris Elba acting French too. It's got a cheap Eastern European direct to DVD action movie feel to it and I actually like that. Alludes to justice vs vengeance in places which is always good. The pissing fire and flaming mining machinery scenes are great.
It's like Punisher War Zone in that it dicks all over the first movie and just does its own crazy thing. Get the Crank bros and Lexi Alexander on board for Avengers 3 or just bring back Marvel Knights movies and make an insane Ghost Rider vs Punisher movie.
Definitely an improvement over its predecessor which I watched just because I wanted to watch this one, with all its rave reviews from Neveldine-Taylor fanatics.
I quite like kinds of movies that N-T make (in theory, based on what so many people write about them), but this is the first of theirs I've managed to finish--after Crank bored me for two straight reels I figured I wasn't ever going to get on the right wavelength, at least not in that sitting. This has the same kind of inertia disguised as frenetic/Rockstar© energy, but I stuck it out because, well, inertia.
Two stars for the (surprisingly few and far between) moments in which Cage approaches the kind of energy that (in theory) N-T are attempting to sustain throughout every minute of screen time in their oeuvre.
no, i don't know why i watched this either.
It's too long by at least 10 minutes, but that said, there's enough ridiculous shit going on to amuse me.
Also, Idris Alba as a French monk/warrior guy.
Oh, and Tony Head as well!
Weird, zany, and cartoonish, GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE only delivers on a "so bad, it's good" level - and even at that, I feel like I'm being generous.
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