Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
- Starring: Nicolas Cage (Face Off), Ciarán Hinds (The Debt), and Idris Elba (Thor).
- Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
- Synopsis: “In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny – still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds).” (collider)
- Rated: PG-13 for language, intense action/disturbing images and sequences.
“Ol’ Hot Head hits the road, again!”
Travel back in time with me for a moment.
The date: February 16, 2007. The movie: Ghost Rider. Nicolas Cage has finally gotten to star as a superhero, albeit not as Superman which he always wanted to be. Fans of Ghost Rider (and Nicolas Cage) are excited to see Marvel’s introduction of the dark rider to the big screen. Fire, skulls, chains, motorcycle, Eva Mendes, Nic Cage…what was there to not like?
Now, fast forward just a little bit to February 17, 2007. Everyone who went to see Ghost Rider is now on Facebook telling everyone that Ghost Rider was horrible, boring, stupid, an incredible letdown, a sloppy mess, pointless, a waste of time, etc. Okay, to be fair, ALMOST everyone is saying that. A few say that it was okay, a good first shot at the hero, and that the sequel will be THAT much better and to just wait. (Yes, we’re still talking about Ghost Rider…not Green Lantern).
Okay, now, move forward in time to, let’s say, 6 months ago. Trailers begin to appear for the sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Promising a continued, yet different look at the world’s darkest hero. The tortured soul and antihero Ghost Rider rides again. No Eva Mendes this time around, but Idris Elba will be there. You know, the gate keeper guy dressed in gold from Marvel’s other film, Thor.
Hope rears its ugly head telling all that the sequel will be amazing and SO much better than the first installment.
February 17, 2012: The morning I wake up after a midnight preview of the sequel in question. (Keep in mind that I sat in the theater ALONE as all of the other movie goers last night chose to watch Journey 2, The Secret World of Arrietty, and This Means War instead. That’s right…Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was chosen OVER Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance! Just let that sink in for a minute.)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is almost just as bad as its predecessor. For some, this is a good report, but for me…well, you can add this to the list of films that wasted another 90 mins of my time that I will be demanding back when on my deathbed.
The hellblazing hero returns with a new quest, new allies, new enemies, and a new director/writer; but with the same dismal character types, same tease of tons of action and yet very little in comparison to other superhero flicks, the same lack of caring for the characters, the same stupid villains, and the same incongruous acting of Nicolas Cage (I’m not hating on Cage. I like the guy. I just want to see him in better movies again like The Rock, Face Off, Adaptation).
Sure, the film style is pretty neat at times, and the special effects: interesting at most. But if you already suffered through the first film…don’t sit through it again in the form of a trying sequel. I guarantee you saw all of the cool parts and sequences in the multiple alluring trailers and tv spots (You even saw the end in the trailer!). And the action doesn’t make up for the ridiculous characters, plots, anti-climatic flow of events, and all of Cage’s “unappealing” faces that he makes (see below).
The only thing this movie will set to fire: your money. Oh…and your temper after it consumed your money.
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Score: 1 out of 5 stars for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (To be renamed Hot Head is not Cool, Part 2)
–T, The Focused Filmographer