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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2012
This will be a pretty divisive film. Unfortunately Hollywood seems unwilling to bite the bullet and give us the Ghost Rider film we deserve - one where he's genuinely dark and dangerous, where the foes are appallingly vicious and lethal, and where the peril feels real.
Instead (maybe it's Cage, maybe it's the producers wimping out) what we get is a slightly better movie than the first. A little darker and dirtier, this time we get a grungier Ghost Rider - covered in leather that's charred and flaking in the heat, and riding a bike that looks more dirty and beaten up, less 'Hollywood'. We also get Idris Elba's alcoholic warrior monk.
However we also get considerable predictability - a mum trying to save her kid (pretty ineptly), the devil trying to steal the kid for an evil prophecy, and some henchmen for the Rider to destroy. Cage is thankfully a tiny bit more reined-in this time, playing the soul torment angle better; and other improvements include the idea that his Rider will punish the seemingly innocent too ("Everybody's guilty of something") and the fact that this time his main opponents are tougher to kill - unlike in the first movie where he pretty much killed them the moment he got in range.
The effects are fun, the story is weak, the acting is patchy, the violence and threat could be better, and it's still not the film we all hoped.
Is it a disappointment? (Even to someone like me who's not a die-hard comic book fan)? Yes.
Is it still quite a lot of fun? Yes. Does it expand and improve on the original like a sequel should? Again, yes. Don't write it off. If you're looking for some decent entertainment, this Rider's still got a few miles left in the tank.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
If you hate daft action adventure flicks with idiosyncratic stars, speaking in dodgy foreign accents, riding obscure motorcycles which happen to be on fire, then you will not enjoy this film.
I loved it. It's a romping yomp with Nic Cage twitching and blazing on board a V-Max; Idries Elba speaking in a most peculiar accent and kind-of riding a Ural, and Christopher Lambert with a shaved head, tattoos and a big sword. Oh, and the devil, some trick riding stunts, lots of gunfire and flames, not too much reliance on cgi but some nifty sets and traditional FX, a dodgy script but a half-decent plot. And lots of fun.
Really, this film doesn't take itself too seriously, and it gave us an enjoyable couple of hours entertainment. The special features are unusually comprehensive and intelligent, too. I appreciate that enthisiasts of the original graphic compics will probably loathe and despise this interpretation. It's not art, but it kept me happy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2012
This film is so disappointing. I had high hopes for this film. I love Ghost Rider, and from what I saw on the preview this film was going to be a more action oriented version of the first film. The really sad part about this film is that it should have been great. They had a good story, they even had a good cast, but the actors really let themselves down, I don't know if they were working of other projects at the same time and though let's get this out of the way but NONE of them including Nick Cage brought their A game. This film is more a parody of the first film then a sequel. Even Ghost Rider himself look like a cheap imitation. I see matches with more flames on their heads. This film seems to have gotten the Highlander: the Source treatment, (no product link because I hate that film more than this one), of destroying a great franchise. The only thing I am happy about with this film is rented it from love films rather then buying it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2014
Johnny Blaze, a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Roarke at the time, 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 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.

I love the first GR movie, Cage was great, but it felt a little bit too safe for a movie about one of Marvels darkest heroes, who takes the souls of people who have done wrong.

So thank heavens for the directors of this movie, they have got Cage to be at his maniacal best. Something that only Herzog has gotten out of the man since 'Adaptation'.

The film may make no sense regarding continuity or hairstyles, but there is much nonsense to be enjoyed out of this, one of the most bizarre comic book movies ever.

The plot does seem a little like 'Terminator 2' and the bonding between Blaze and the boy reflects this a lot.

Set pieces are crazy, but entertaining, and despite this only being '12a' or 'pg-13', it's a very dark movie with a lot of connotations to the macabre.

Support is good, Especially from Hinds and Lambert. Elba is good, but he does spend the majority of he movie saying 'Bonjour' and drinking wine.

Visuals are stunning, and if you know the directors, strikingly original.

Bu this is Cages movie, and he hasn't been this good since he was in New Orleans.

Don't believe the negativity, it's a fun movie, pointless, but a lot of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A somewhat belated sequel to Ghost Rider, A marvel comics character who is a stunt rider who is also host to a vengeance demon and who turns into a creature with a flaming head on a flaming motorbike whenever said creature manifests.

It bears superficial resemblance to the comics, just using the main character and putting them in the same kind of supernatural storyline they would get there. And has nothing much to do with the first film, either. It pretty much acts as a reboot. And summaries [and slightly re-writes] his origin very quickly early on. Thus you don't need to have read the comics or seen the first film in order to get into this.

Johnny [Nicolas Cage] is hiding out in Eastern Europe, lest mainfestation of the rider should hurt anyone. But when a ruthless villain sets out to kidnap a boy whom a religious order are looking after, since he is part of a very important prophecy, motorbike riding priest Moreau [Idris Elba] seeks out Johnny's help. Can he save the day? And find new purpose as well?

This doesn't look like your typical comic book movie at first. It looks very much like a lower budget action movie filmed in Eastern Europe. But when supernatural elements do come in, they are used rather sparingly. Which does end up being quite effective. The tone and style of the film does try to be fast action and slightly irreverent in tone. Although certain attempts at humour are scenes you will either love or hate.

When it does try to be a character drama, it's okay, but it's not anything you won't have seen before.

Cast wise Idris Elba is pretty good. The main villain of the piece is subtle and effective. Although Nicolas Cage as ever just seems to play his usual role there are moments that do let him get intense and crazy. These are pretty good. The directors try some stylistic camera tricks and occasional animation to make the look and feel of the film different to usual. These do pretty much come off.

When the action does get going, it's fast, it's memorable and it's eye catching.

So as a fast action movie which sets out to provide eye candy and memorable escapist moments, this isn't bad. And a slight improvemnt on the first movie also. If you're looking for a piece of capable escapism, it's worth four stars. If you're looking for anything more, go elsewhere.

If you're looking for a comic book movie to keep the kids happy, then also go elsewhere. It's a twelve certificate. With good reason. So it's not entirely suitable for the young. Some may also wish to be aware there are a handful of subtitled moments and you can't turn those off.

The disc has some trailers at first, but these can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.

It has the following language and subtitle options;

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

Extras are:

Two twenty minute long features, one about the production of the film. The other about the vehicles used in it. Both are quite detailed and interesting, especially if you want to know more about movie production.

There's also ten minutes worth of deleted/extended scenes. These have to be watched all in a row rather than individually. Some do feature unfinished visual effects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2014
Ghost Rider shouldn’t be such a hard sell. It should be dark, violent and action packed. What Spirit of Vengeance gives us one humungous mess.

Badly acted, badly written and badly directed it seems as if the Ghost Rider has jumped from the comic and sucked the soul out of this entire film! It lurches from one awful jump cut to the next and never feels wholly complete. The camera spins as if it needs a screw tightening. If you suffer from even the mildest of motion sickness you should avoid this like the plague.

Nicolas Cage presents yet another manically twitchy character devoid of any personality or character development. The story is utter rubbish and should have been burnt by the chains Ghost Rider flings at his enemies.

When sat alongside other Marvel films this is a poor effort. One character that needs to be consigned to the archives. To succeed this film needed grit and darkness, instead you get a damp squib with no discernible qualities.

The flaming head effects are good though!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2015
Johnny Blaze,(Nicolas Cage) a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Mephistopheles at the time (now Roarke), 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 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.

Well directed by Crank directors, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, using their shaky camera and directing style. It fits to the film. Nicolas Cage with his crazy insane performance. Co-starring Idris Elba who does his part well too and with a decent supporting cast, good CGI and decent action scenes to keep you entertained and a simple storyline to follow.

Overall a decent sequel. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2014
It's a Blu-ray, it has a nice box and it works in a player. However, such is the appallingness of this film that I'd recommend using the disc as a frisbee or a tea coaster as it is one of the worst films I have ever watched, other than Pacific Rim. You could just not bother buying it and most certainly avoid wasting your time watching this film as it steals time and will laugh gleefully knowing you that you will never get that time back again. Why, oh why, oh why? Nicolas Cage? Why? It's simply a comic with stupid effects, little plot and zero character depth. The first I loved despite mediocre critic reviews but this film is quite simply rotten!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The film doesn't quite equal the polish of the first one, however it does have some good one-line quips from 'Nicholas Cage' and is a visual treat.
'Johnny Blaze' is offered the chance to reverse the deal he made with the devil to save his father, he has to save a boy 'Danny'(Fergus Riorden) from the clutches of the Devil (Ciar'an Hinds)
Some good action sequences are on board, though i did find the first half of the movie a little slow, thankfully the second half did pick up pace.
Love 'Nicholas Cage' movies, was sort of hoping he didn't agree to a making a third in the series, (You can only push a franchise so far ? )
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on 24 May 2012
As a comic book fan I have learned to switch my film radar to mediocre. This way I am able to enjoy some comic book adaptations that are not quite up to the likes of `Batman Begins' or `The Avengers'. One such film was the critically panned `Ghost Rider', people felt that the story was stupid and that Nicholas Cage hammed it up more than the recent 2012 Jambon Convention au Bruges. I however did not mind it, it was silly fun and if nothing else the Ghost Rider himself is cool. With this in mind I was happy to watch `Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance', with the addition of maverick directorial duo Neveldine and Taylor, this film was either going to be a bizarro triumph, or a hideous mess. With a score of 2 stars, can you guess which one it is?

Of all the issues that surround `Ghost Rider 2' the most unforgivable is how boring it is. This is the tale of a man who becomes a flame headed demon at night, yet the film is dull. The pacing is way off, 30 minutes of incessant talking will occur between the sporadic appearance of the Rider; was this an attempt at reducing the budget, or did Cage demand some `me' time on screen? Either way the story is bland and the action too rare. Neveldine and Taylor should take the blame for this, but as the 18 certificate `Gamer' and `Crank' showed, they are excellent action directors who create full throttle films. It is clear that they were neutered for `Ghost Rider 2' to get a 12A certificate - they cannot function in this realm.

There are some directorial flourishes that are awesome, but they are reigned in and uncommon. N&T should have been allowed to do whatever they liked and at least have produced a flawed gem, rather than a dull nothingness that this film is. Cage is his usual eccentric self, but in autopilot mode. With a decent script, there is a great Ghost Rider film to be made, this just isn't it.
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