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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.
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.
Crazy ride in the style of Neveldine/Taylor.
I loved the first "Ghost Rider" because I'm a big fan of Nicholas Cage. But I missed the crazyness of the comic. This turned in "Spirit Of Vengeance" into a chaotic party of crazyness. It's not the family movie to see with your parents, more it's something to see with a can of beer and two good friends to laugh and not to see as too seriously but very entertaining stuff.
While 'Spirit of Vengeance' definitely has problems, I feel like it's much more in line with what I was hoping to see out of the first film. Both Cage himself and the CGI character he's portraying are a little more crazy, more unhinged, harder to predict. That's much more interesting. The film dragged a lot, which is hard to believe considering its 90 minute running time. The action was great though, and I guess that's all it really needed. Not a good film by any means really, but definitely an improvement over the first.
How can I compare this to a rats bedding? well for one it smells terrible (in a metaphorical way) and its not worth touching with a twelve foot pole. Nicholas 'the cage' Cage really fell into a rut with this film, I mean this brings the term of terrible sequels to a new level I mean it doesn't even fit in with the first story and having a new writer and director didn't help. The film didn't even need a sequel, I didn't want to see what happened next the whole idea of the bike was ignored completely.
The villain wasn't the old actor making it inconsistent and the thing about wanting to embrace the curse of the ghost rider…
Strangely dull for a film in which Nic Cage spews fire and chains and pisses napalm.
What the Hell is this doing being a Knight's production and not being R. "Where's a F'in pirate when you need one?" I call bullshit.
Therefore: "I CHOOSE NOT TO REVIEW!"
It hurts a little to imagine how cool this could have been had Neveldine/Taylor not been shackled to a PG-13 rating that has them cutting away exactly at the moments where we've come to expect a close-up. Also, considering that this is a Neveldine/Taylor joint starring motherfucking Nicolas Cage, there sure are a lot of moments were nothing outrageous (or even remotely interesting) seems to be going on. Still, the key players get to doodle in the margins quite a bit, making this the better of the two films in this struggling franchise - though regrettably not by a very substantial margin.
I forced myself to watch this just so that I had watched both Ghost Rider films. But I didn't like the first, and I don't like Nicolas Cage, so this sequel had no chance.
Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but theres never enough Ghost Rider
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