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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.
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.
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.
Todavía no estoy seguro si iba en serio, o si sólo me estaban trolleando.
From an interesting concept (and Nicholas Cage for gods sake), they've managed to make a horlicks of a film that surpasses the flawed but at least engaging first attempt. After selling his soul to the Devil to save his father in the first film, the deal sees Cage turn into a burning Demon on a motorcycle, cutting down anything in his path without a moral compass.
And whilst the first film showed a bit of vulnerability to Cage and some decent characterisation, this continuation is everything the first film was not - charmingless, some pretty awful acting and a clunky script that a four year old might have had a better concept of if you asked them to write something…
Neveldine/Taylor infused all sorts of insanity into their Crank movies, it's very disappointing to see them fail to bring that sense of awesomeness to the attempt at continuing this franchise. Neveldine/Taylor are not very good at making "real movies."
My review -- this film is now at Hollywood cinema, I really cannot see why or where this film received harsh criticism. The film itself has grown and moved on from its original film, the way his it has grown are as follows -- the storyline has still got its edge but this time it also has more substance, meaning and complexities. What really intrigues me about this film is, as a viewer of this film if you want to see the complexities of this film you will see them, but if you don't want to see the complexities you will miss them. The artistic temperament has to be admired as well, because it is a technique that is rarely…
The directorial style of the movie is significantly different from the first one. Cage's performance is...well...as Cage-y as you can get. I would recommend watching this movie first and then the first one, as they have little to no continuity.
Unnecessary sequel sees Cage return as the demonic vigilante, this time tasked with protecting a child from the devil's clutches. A humourless tone exarcebates the fundamental lameness of the plot, which along with the direct-to-video style action sequences and uneven special effects, leave viewers with little to enjoy.
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