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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…
I should probably stop doing this to myself...
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…
Why did I watch this garbage?
Why oh why oh why?
It's poorly directed, abysmally edited, horrendously paced, and like it's predecessor, outlandish, ridiculous, and completely idiotic, especially when the filmmakers humanize The Devil as a Master of Stupidity rather than the Master of Evil.
But there's one thing that makes this a slight improvement over its bland predecessor.
Finally, in his role as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, does he manage to hit the kooky, over-the-top, madcap persona we know him as, and he's AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Especially when he urinates fire and gives manic Razzie-worthy dialogue like... "Scraping.... AT THE DOOR!!!! SCRAPING.... AT THE DOOR!!!"
Whew! What an entertaining and horrendous mess this is!
Revisited for the kid's sake, funny how only the negative qualities stuck with me. May have to see the original soon.
Wondering what the rights status is.
Full initial review here: themovierat.com/2012/03/09/review-ghost-rider-spirit-of-vengeance/
So, Marvel... Where's Ghost Rider in the MCU? Now you can make him so badass it's not even funny. C'mon and give this guy a chance. I hear him scraping at the door :D
(BTW no disrespect to the Cage, the movie is great cheesy fun).
Scratchin at tha door!
Idris Alba you're lost. Go back to Asgard
Not as bad as I was expecting, but still not too good.
Somebody help me, I love "crazy eyed" Nick Cage movies. This is surely one of them. The retcon sequel to Ghost Rider is a mess to say the least but it has several things going for it to get a two and a half out of five star rating. First is crazy eyed Nick Cage, let me explain, there are two Nick Cages one is a serious actor, he has appeared in such films as Leaving Las Vegas, and Bringing out the Dead, but lets face it he is boring compared to his twin "crazy eyed" Nick Cage, the over the top ham who is in such classics as Face Off, The Wicker Man, and this. He is a riot…
I should probably stop doing this to myself...
capeshit? More like capekino
Yes, I used my Netflix DVD on this. No, I'm not exactly disappointed, even in spite of the low rating. I have a thing for Nic Cage and Neveldine/Taylor, okay??
There are two things I like the most in this life:
Horror Movies and Comic Books, in that order.