Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance: Review

This sequel to the 2007 comic book feature stars Nicholas Cage and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Johnny Blaze makes a deal with the devil in return for his soul. Now he rides around on his flaming motorcycle as the Ghost Rider, punishing the wicked for their evil ways. Now feeling as though he can’t be trusted around the ones he loves, he travels over the Eastern Europe to get away. Soon after he gets thrown into a situation where he has to stop the devil himself from taking over the body of a young boy.

I take back a previous statement I made in a recent review about Marvel excelling in the Live Action feature department. This one really hurt their cred. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for a comic book movie but his was a big miss for me and I’ll tell you why. Nicholas Cage. The first go around wasn’t spectacular either but it was way more tolerable than this movie. There’s only so many bad “flaming head” quips and puns one can take. This was my limit. Sure there were some improvements. The visual effects of Ghost Rider himself looked to be alot better and the bike he rides is charred and more realistic than the wildly exaggerated chrome skull version.The improvements pretty much stop there. The directors of the film (same duo that directed Crank) try to use their fast paced style of filmmaking here and it just didn’t transfer well at all. Ghost Rider is so visually appealing and I think would do really well if given the right story, director and (dareĀ I say it?) NO NICHOLAS CAGE. If you’re a comic book movie fan and HAVE to see this movie just because then go ahead but you have been warned. Other than that, I would say Redbox it or skip it all together.


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