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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…
Anybody who said this was worse than the first film clearly doesn't know their ass from a hole in the ground. Or has eyes, for that matter.
Where Mark Steven Johnson failed miserably by resorting to a paint-by-numbers origin story, Neveldine/Taylor succeed in spades by being aware of Ghost Rider's one-dimensional nature and utilizing their branded filmmaking approach of Not Giving A Fuck. Alongside such gems as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Super and Chronicle, Spirit of Vengeance is the most mainstream entry in what I like to call the Alternative Comic Book film genre, where there are people with powers and costumes aplenty but not much in the way of conventional methods of handling those elements.
Also, a perfect companion piece to Punisher: War Zone, as both films were astronomical improvements over their predecessors but unfairly maligned by fanboys looking for a Nolan-esque reboot.
One word: meh...
And overacting like you've never before seen Nicholas Cage do. My lord...
Okay, that was 14 words. My bad ^^
Admittedly tacky, but a good portion of the movie is an absolute blast. The second half of the film really detracts from the previous enjoyment, though.
So this is like Marvel's version of Batman & Robin in terms badness, yeah?
199/365 (365 films in 365 days)
Didn't think it could get worse than the first film, but here it is. The graphics were better, sure, but the film is even more of s gimmick than before. I mean, what was that joke about Jerry Springer being the devil... And that line about Ghost Rider coming after me for an illegal downloads. Christ.
Gleefully goofy Ghost Rider movie that's propped up by Edris Elba as a French special ops monk and Christopher Lambert as a walking walloftext, we have the fiery spirit of vengeance going at it with Eastern European gangsters, arms dealers and Satan's little helpers with glee. We also get Cage in more full-on crazy mode compared to the tamer Cage from movie 1.
However, it is a bit of a mess of a storyline, and the Crank-treatment doesn't quite work as well here as the first Crank movie this was made by the guys that made Crank, if you don't know what I'm going on about), but there are some hilarious odd bits and nice CGI/mad scenes.
Not quite the roasted turkey some reviewers suggested it was.
I hated the first Ghost Rider film. I thought it was just wasted potential and a dumb piece of crap all-around. So with me hating the first film and me liking its standalone reboot/sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, you people would call me batshit insane. What did Spirit of Vengeance get right that Ghost Rider didn't? #1: SoV is a solid action film. #2: SoV is a fun Nic Cage film. #3: SoV is an actual Ghost Rider film, and a very entertaining one at that.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance involves former daredevil stuntman Johnny Blaze, played by Nicolas Cage, who is in self-imposed exile from the world. Blaze has become a tormented soul, convinced that his powers…
Nicolas Cage's head is on fire for about 25 minutes. You wont even notice.
Every shot is picturesque, this is a film as cracking as the blazing chain, it thrashes forth, its plot and movements fitting into its own rhythm, wherein the densely packed frame's swoop up and teeter back: the best superhero movie? Pristine
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- Southland Tales
- Superman II
- Swamp Thing
- Superman III
Leave me suggestions in the comments. Note: comic characters are not ALWAYS superheroes. Note #2: pre-existing characters only. No Unbreakable…
- Captain America
- Howard the Duck
- The Punisher
- Captain America
- The Fantastic Four
Ok, since there are a large number of films for this poll, I will allow a maximum of three votes.…