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Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

February 17, 2012

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.
  • Trailer:

“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.

Hope lied.

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.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

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

34 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2012 8:37 am

    When I was a kid, Ghost Rider was my favorite comic book. I refuse to watch the movies because I know they will never live up to my expectations. It seems they are really trying to set the bar low!

    There should be a constitutional amendment banning Nic Cage from making anymore movies.


    • February 19, 2012 12:29 am

      Best to stick to the comics.

      I’ll vote for that amendment!


  2. February 17, 2012 8:44 am

    Ouch! Despite your review I will probably still check it out once it is out on DVD 😉 But that’s only because Elba and Cage are in it.


    • February 19, 2012 12:29 am

      ha. at least you won’t feel bad about turning off the dvd as opposed to walking out of a theater after paying! 🙂


  3. February 17, 2012 9:23 am

    I didn’t see the first and nothing about the second makes me think I missed anything nor should I make an effort to see it. Pass!


    • February 19, 2012 12:30 am

      don’t see the first one either. hahaha


  4. February 17, 2012 9:38 am

    Oh no. I do feel bad for you. Forgive me when I say ‘better you than me.’ I knew it would suck! I had to review a Nic Cage film this week and if it weren’t for Meryl Streep, I would not have watched it. ‘GR2’ will lure people in because of the special effects. Ah well, I may put it on my list for b-movie night, when there is absolutely nothing else to watch 🙂


    • February 19, 2012 12:31 am

      I understand the “better you, than me” sentiment. No worries. Taking one for the team is something I am used to doing. It makes for fun reviews like this one! 🙂


  5. February 17, 2012 12:34 pm

    Can’t pay me enough to see this T. These two directors made GAMER also and I skipped that movie even w/ Gerry Butler in it, so yeah, not a chance I’ll even touch this with a ten-foot pole! Even their panel at Comic-con was a doozy!


    • February 19, 2012 12:31 am

      You are most wise to avoid this one. no doubt.


  6. February 17, 2012 2:24 pm

    The first film was enough to convince me not to even bother with this one. But I did enjoy your review.


    • February 19, 2012 12:32 am

      🙂 thanks ian. I enjoyed writing it as well.


  7. February 17, 2012 6:52 pm

    Nice review, good point about the Nic Cage faces, he does those ugly stuff sometimes…

    I’m watching this movie very soon, Ghost Rider rocks! 😀


    • February 19, 2012 12:32 am

      Hey Ipod! Oh man, the many faces of Nic Cage…there are so many to despise! haha


  8. February 17, 2012 9:11 pm

    great review! I detested the first film – I could feel my brain turning to mush just watching it, it was so bad. Sounds like I can skip this one too…..

    Why do people keep giving Nicolas Cage roles in films?


    • February 19, 2012 12:33 am

      yes. brain mushing material. Wear a helmet if you go to see this sequel.

      Perhaps we should find Cage a different agent!


  9. February 18, 2012 8:47 am

    I thought the first one was very corny and not well done overall. (I don’t think Cage was the problem; no actor could have turned that into a good film.) When I saw the previews for Spirit of Vengeance my first thoughts were “Wait, they’re actually going through with a sequel?”, closely followed by “Wow, this looks even dumber than the first one.” Guess that initial assessment wasn’t wrong.


    • February 19, 2012 12:34 am

      Cage hasn’t been in too many good films but, yes, I agree, that in a lot of cases Cage was not the specific problem.

      But this one…it’s a close call as to what caused the most problems: the story or Cage.


  10. February 18, 2012 11:57 am


    Great review, Terrance!

    Haven’t seen this one. Or the first. Though it sounds like you have collected and dissected two more very cogent reasons why Nick Cage should never have left being the Right Reverend Pastor of The Fist Church Of Over The Top Weirdness!


    • February 19, 2012 12:35 am

      Jack! Thanks for reading and commenting.
      Yes, Cage has a lot of work to do to make it back to a level of higher regard once again. This film didn’t help.


      • February 19, 2012 9:57 am

        Thanks, Terrance!

        I have guest reviews over at FRC and FlixChatter that may be of interest.

        All are invited to take a look and opine.


      • February 20, 2012 7:07 am

        One of these days I will have to request a guest review from you myself! 🙂


  11. February 18, 2012 12:30 pm

    Yeah, man. Hard to consider this anything but a disappointment. The plot was thin, the style was a little annoying, and Nic Cage seemed old and tired. He wasn’t half as off the hook as I’d have liked.

    I don’t know if I’d give it the bullet (1 out of 5), but I can’t say it was any good, either.


    • February 19, 2012 12:36 am

      Fogs! I was sad when I found my attention waning much like it did with the first one. I remember finishing the first one and being rather upset that I stayed up late to finish it. Same sentiments arose when the sequel ended. ha


  12. February 18, 2012 1:47 pm

    Damn, when you thought they couldn’t do worse than the first one… I guess the best thing about this movie is the posters ahah 😉 Not surprised though, the trailer were pretty ugly to look at and didn’t point to anything great from the film… Thanks for taking one for the team! 😀


    • February 19, 2012 12:38 am

      yeah. You know I got you when it comes to some of these films. haha. Don’t waste your time.


  13. February 19, 2012 9:17 am

    Ouch, don’t think I will be seeing this one! It sounds like I didn’t miss out at all on the first one either. Thanks for the heads up, T.


    • February 20, 2012 7:06 am

      yep! I got you covered. Leave the ghost alone.


  14. February 21, 2012 11:42 am

    I agree with the others, ouch! I haven’t seen the first one and I wasn’t planning . I think I’ll steer clear! Thanks for the review 😀


    • February 21, 2012 9:39 pm

      no problemo! Anytime! Thanks for reading.


  15. February 21, 2012 11:56 am

    Lol…great job with the review! I am soooooo happy to see that my decision to pass on this one was a good one :). I honestly thought the first one was ok, but Nicolas Cage can no longer get me to the theatres. His star power has dwindled. I was this close to going just for Idris Elba alone, Cage’s hair plugs and over-acting in the trailer alone kept me away. Yeah and Journey 2 was horrible, so that says alot if people were more interested in seeing it…smh. The new releases this wknd werent really that great. Gonna chk what u thought of This means War now…


    • February 21, 2012 9:41 pm

      Taj, thank you for your kind compliment. If you must watch for Idris Elba then I would suggest you wait to Redbox it or something so that you can fastforward the film. ha.

      and you know what? I’ve had more than a couple people tell me to give Journey 2 a chance. hmm…


      • February 22, 2012 10:35 am

        Be my guest, go see Journey 2, but don’t say I didn’t warn you…lol. The kids in the theatre and the adults loved it. I was not a fan, as expressed in my review. Given what I know about you, I don’t think your going to like it. I can tell that your probably going to check it out, cant wait to hear what u think…lol


      • February 22, 2012 11:42 pm

        haha. You know, I almost skipped the gym to go see it tonite, but logic prevailed. haha. Perhaps I will run in and check it out this weekend. 😀


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