Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

The accursed Ghost Rider is hired by a secret sect of religious monks in the hopes of rescuing a young boy from the devil's grasp in exchange for his soul, a battle that will rage across Eastern Europe as The Rider takes on the forces of Hell atop his fiery motorcycle! CRANK directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylorn attempt to inject the same high-energy aesthetic in to the GHOST RIDER reboot, with disastrous results. SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE comes off looking like an unscripted mess, almost as if it were shot as an amateur music video for some no-name rock group. Nicolas Cage is as awful as ever. Why even bother rebooting the series only to bring back the single worst element from the original film? SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE takes a darker approach to the material that falls more closely in line with the comics, sacrificing the kid-friendly attitude from before in lieu of the increased action and horror. Ghost Rider has received a major overhaul as well, his charred skull and blistering costume being the only welcomed changes to the character. When standing before his enemies or blazing down the highway on his hellish motorcycle, he is an awesome sight to see. The remaining effects are uneven at best, and take a dive during the ugly transformation sequences. With a pointless excuse for a plot is hard to ignore, GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE offers little more than the occasional eye-candy.

Rating: 5/10.



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3 comments:

  1. Why does everyone hate on 'Ghost Rider' films. I mean...they're really not bad.

    Out of the two, I like this one more. It's a refreshing take on the material a la 'Punisher: War Zone.'

    I'm one of the few people that really likes that one too. Ah well.

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  2. War Zone = preferred Punisher film, and of the two, I like this one better as well because Ghost Rider is the ultimate badass he was intended to be, but fuck man, Nicolas Cage sucks so bad. The stylistic choices that were used here really wore on me, but if they would have gotten anyone else besides Cage it may have been much better. He's just so ridiculous, it kills me!

    Having a bitch of a time tracking down GR #90-Finale without resorting to buying online.. Filled out the rest of my V2 collection though, minus everything past the costume change.

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  3. the sneering (homo-phobic) snobJuly 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Nicolas Cage is a great geezer simply because of his rampaging heterosexuality.

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