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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) Review

The Ghost Rider in Columbia Pictures' GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE.

Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance

Time: 96 Minutes
Age Rating: 860940[1] Violence and Offensive Language
Cast:
Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider
Johnny Whitworth as Ray Carrigan/Blackout
Fergus Riordan as Danny
Ciarán Hinds as Roarke/Mephistopheles
Violante Placido as Nadya
Idris Elba as Moreau
Director Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Roarke (Ciaran Hinds), is on the run trying to make sure no-one is harmed by his alter ego, The Ghost Rider. He is approached by a Monk named Moreau (Idris Elba) who tells him that he can help be him free of the Rider, but first he needs Johnny’s help to protect a boy, whom Roarke has plans for, to help him take human form.

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I always thought that the best way to create a Ghost Rider film is to not take it too seriously and seeing as the filmmakers of this film made Crank, it should be better than the original, which was too serious. In many ways this film is better and worse than the first film. On one hand it doesn’t take itself as seriously and Nicolas Cage actually seems to be crazier but on the other, there’s painful editing and the story has plenty of plot holes. In either case, Ghost Rider 2 is still a pretty bad movie.

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This movie’s script does have even more problems than the original film. First of all there’s absolutely no character depth or development for any of the characters, not even Johnny Blaze seems that different by the end. There are a lot of plot holes, for example there’s a moment when the devil gives a henchman the power of decay (however it only decays certain things if it’s convenient). The devil then sends the henchman to get the boy back even though it would be near impossible to do without toughing and therefore decaying and killing him. Also the way the Ghost Rider acts in the first film made a little more sense than here. In his first scene, he would just stand around before he goes up to a henchman and just stares at him, doing nothing for like a minute. There’s even a strange moment when Ghost Rider urinates fire, this goes in the complete opposite direction of being boring and becomes downright stupid and borderline bizarre instead.

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Nicolas Cage is more animated than in the previous movie, which I have to say is a big improvement over the original. In the previous film he seemed to be quite bored, which was the wrong performance in this sort of film. In this film there are plenty of over the top moments that he has. There is one scene in particular where he’s interrogating someone and he’s trying to keep the ghost rider spirit from coming out and it’s definitely one of his best freak out moments. Idris Elba is trying his best to give a good performance, despite being in a pretty bad movie. Ciaran Hinds gives a decent performance as the devil, being more of the manipulator sort but it would’ve work much better in another movie. In this movie he doesn’t do anything cool or threatening, which would be the more preferable type of devil in this sort of movie. The climax of the film is him driving a car. I didn’t think I’d say this but Blackheart in the previous film put up a better fight than him, that’s a bad sign.

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I don’t remember if I liked the editing of the Crank films but Ghost Rider 2’s editing is just awful. A lot of the action is filmed being quite shaky and incomprehensible. I will give credit that Ghost Rider does look cooler and some of the action scenes are quite creative, like Ghost Rider turning a crane into a giant flaming chainsaw but it ultimately most of it is hard to get into.

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Is Ghost Rider 2 worse than the previous film? When all things are considered, yes, it’s editing and cinematography can be quite annoying and the characters aren’t interesting at all. Despite this we have Nicolas Cage being his enjoyable insane self and some of the action is quite enjoyable. If you’re going to see this film, just know exactly what you are going in, it can be fun as a guilty pleasure.

Ghost Rider (2007) Review

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Ghost Rider

Time: 114 Minutes
Age Rating: 860940[1] Violence
Cast:
Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider
Eva Mendes as Roxanne Simpson
Peter Fonda as Mephistopheles
Wes Bentley as Blackheart
Sam Elliot as Caretaker
Director: Mark Steven Johnson

In order to save his dying father, young stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) sells his soul to Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) and parts from the pure-hearted Roxanne Simpson (Eva Mendes), the love of his life. Years later, Johnny’s path crosses again with Roxanne, now a reporter, and also with Mephistopheles, who offers to release Johnny’s soul if Johnny becomes the fabled, fiery Ghost Rider, a supernatural agent of vengeance and justice. Mephistopheles charges Johnny with defeating Blackheart (Wes Bentley), Mephistopheles’s nemesis and son, who plans to displace his father and create a new hell even more terrible than the old one.

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Ghost Rider has been called a terrible movie and one of the worst comic book movies and although I found some good elements in it, I don’t think it’s a good movie. The acting isn’t that special and the story isn’t interesting or anything special either. What does save it from being completely dull are the Ghost Rider scenes which are entertaining enough to warrant me calling this a guilty pleasure.

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I really wasn’t that interested in the story plot and what was going on. I would’ve liked to see Ghost Rider more in the movie because his scenes are the best in the entire movie, apart from his dialogue not being written that well, mostly consists of one liners. Unfortunately, Johnny turns into the Ghost Rider for the first time 40 minutes in; he should’ve been introduced earlier. There is also a romance between Johnny and Roxanne but it just feels unnecessary, forced and not done that well. Another problem was that none of the villains seem to do many threatening things, nor did they seem to have that much power, even Peter Fonda’s character doesn’t seem to have that much power. The henchmen were even worse, only posing a threat to Ghost Rider for a little moment before being defeated. If you are planning to see Ghost Rider, don’t see it for its story as it’s not that good.

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Nicolas Cage is in this movie and he’s usually most known for being very over the top in his acting, however here, he keeps it subdued, with the exception of a few scenes. Unfortunately he was a little boring and wasn’t very memorable. If Cage had more over the top moments it would at least make his performance more entertaining. Eva Mendes was okay in this movie but I didn’t find her very memorable and I didn’t personally find any chemistry between Cage and Mendes, which doesn’t help as the romance wasn’t even written well to begin with. Wes Bentley plays the villain of this movie, and is unfortunately one dimensional, so he doesn’t feel that dangerous. Peter Fonda and Sam Elliot gave the best performances in the movie, they weren’t anything that great but they were good enough.

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The cinematography was okay for me. Like I said earlier, I liked watching Ghost Rider when he was on screen; something about the look of him makes it great to watch. One of the best scenes in the movie involved Ghost Rider and the song “Ghost Riders in the Sky”.

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Some have called Ghost Rider one of the worst comic book movies of all time; even though it’s definitely not a good movie, it’s nowhere the level of Catwoman or Batman and Robin. There are also some enjoyable moments whether it may be of Cage or the actual Ghost Rider that has made this movie a slight guilty pleasure for me. From what I’ve heard, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is worse; I’ll just have to take a look at it for myself. Overall, Ghost Rider is not terrible but it’s not that good either.