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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…
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.
When I saw it, I thought it was the first one (the cable guide didn't specified anything about this movie being a sequel), but that's not the point. Point is, this movie is not about a superhero...is just about stuff that happens to some demonic guy, and is not supposed to be boring but hell, it is.
This movie has much better visuals than I think it's given credit for. There aren't any weaknesses in that department, at least none that I spotted. For a superhero flick, it's pretty damn competent. It's not my favorite Neveldine/Taylor movie but it's one of their best.
Scrapin' at the doooor
Happy Birthday Nicolas Cage!
Mala con avaricia, pero me descojono con Nick, y es lo bastante cachonda y macarra las veces suficientes como para que te eches unas risas.
Marvel’s first Ghost Rider was admittedly not terrific, but it was a simple film, and didn’t do much to get in the way of how fun it was to watch Nicholas Cage pretend to be a superhero whose face was replaced by a skull that was, seriously, on fire. If anyone can convince me that this isn’t the perfect role for him, I’ll give you a dollar.
Unfortunately, the same can most certainly not be said for its sequel. Spirit of Vengeance instead opts to focus its attention on an exceptionally convoluted plot that’s never really coherently explained. There are some relatively original stylistic details (like Johnny’s voiceovers about the nature of his powers and the enemies he faces), but…
The script for this was written in less than 3 minutes on a cocktail napkin.
I'm going to start off by saying the first Ghost Rider installment isn't only one of the worst Marvel movies, but one of the worst movies ever made.
I wasn't expecting much from this sequel. Even Nicolas Cage and his crazy, over exaggeration of each scene again struggled in terrible form. Much like the Punisher, Ghost Rider is a dark horse to the marvel franchise so would expect a film with his attitude and aggression to end the streak of dull movies Marvel had pooped out in the 00's. Nope this only joins the ranks of the previous GR movie, Electra and Daredevil.
Even with an improvement in both CGI and story (and help from Idris Elba) this movie never took off in a blaze of glory. Yes pun intended.
1/10: One of the worst films I ever seen! Even worst than its predecessor. It did not do the super-hero Ghost Rider any justice at all. The mother of surprises is that the story is written by none other than David S. Goyer of Batman trilogy (Nolan version) fame. I'm puzzled how he can churn out such garbage after his amazing Batman effort.
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