Reviews and Problems with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
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REVIEW: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Just Another Flaming Pile of Cage-y Nonsense
8 March 2014
Excerpt: When you're not going to win on points, you may as well try to shoot the moon — that seems to be the thought process behind Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance , the sequel to Marvel's 2007 Ghost Rider . Realizing that their stunt rider who turns into a flaming skeleton-monster character and their star who turns in what are less performances than performance art were unlikely to result in a film that could be thought of as good in any traditional sense, the studios have...
Excerpt: Years after being merged with the demon Zarathos in a deal with the Devil, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is trying to lose himself in Eastern Europe when he encounters a gypsy named Nadya (Violante Placido) and her young son Danny (Fergus Riordan) being chased by a group of mercenaries led by Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth), who is acting as the right hand man of someone named Rourke (Ciaran Hinds), who just happens to be The Devil who turned Blaze into Ghost Rider in the...
Excerpt: Johnny’s pursuit of evil soon puts him at odds with his old helpmate Satan, who has spawned a son to take over the family business. When a rogue priest promises to free Johnny from the spell if he saves the boy from Lucifer’s clutches, he takes up the challenge. But first he has to fight off a nasty band of kidnappers, including their rotter of a leader, who ends up as a zombie with power over darkness and decay.
Excerpt: Om zijn vader te redden sluit stuntrijder Johnny Blaze een dealtje met de duivel (die voor de gelegenheid onder de naam Roarke op Aarde rondwaart) maar zoals verwacht gaat natuurlijk alles niet zoals gepland. Johnny verandert in de Ghost Rider, een engel die door demonische krachten gevangen was genomen, gek gemaakt, en terug losgelaten met een pervers idee van zijn originele missie: straffen van de schuldingen in plaats van onschuldigen te beschermen.
Excerpt: There’s some irony in this Ghost Rider sequel/reboot/do over in that the church sees a purpose in Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage). They’re courting a demon, and Blaze has went all wolf man, going into seclusion to protect others from himself. The church needs Blaze’s alter-ego to protect a child, and Blaze wants the curse of the Rider removed which will happen if the kid is saved, so win-win. The non-winner? The audience.
Excerpt: The Film There is CollegeHumor Original skit called " Nicholas Cage's Agent ," which has the Oscar Award Winner signing on to bad film after bad film after bad film. Sadly many of these fictional films - Superman's Cat and A Very Pol Pot Christmas - probably would still be better career choices than Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance , a sequel to arguably one of the worst comic book franchises to make it to the big screen this decade.
Conclusion: Whether or not you liked the first Ghost Rider film, chances are you won't think much of Spirit of Vengeance . This sequel takes a distant approach, but winds up disappointing even more than the silly original.
Conclusion: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is an exciting thrill ride that puts all three Transformers movies to shame. Yeah, I said it. I do wish it would have been rated R, but oh well. I found it fun and that’s all that matters. The Blu-ray has above average tech-specs, with awesome extras worth the price of purchase alone. If you loved Spirit of Vengeance then you will most likely hate the first film and vice-versa.
Conclusion: From the guy who gave us 'Crank,' there's no reason why this (supposed) reboot of the 'Ghost Rider' franchise should not have been an off-the-rocker crazy guilty pleasure. Instead, it's a movie with a cliche-filled, predictable and used-up story and special effects worthy of an actually good movie. If a zany Nic Cage performance and top-notch CG could save a movie, then 'Spirit of Vengeance' might actual be worth our time – but it's not.
Summary: There are some demons you just can't escape. Though there may be many movies that fit the description, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance defines the modern "all style, no substance" motion picture. The original Ghost Rider , at best, might be described as a "misfire," a Comic Book film lost in the deluge of Comic Book films released in the 2000s, focused on a lesser-known character (but one with great potential for dark cinema and weighty themes) receiving a lesser movie...