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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the most upsetting movie to be released in 2012. Every attribute of this film held so much promise. Nicholas Cage starring, Neveldine/Taylor (Crank, Crank 2) directing, Christopher Lambert in a cameo. What vision do these raw ingredients conjure? For me, I immediately latched onto the idea of Crank-style action mixed with Drive Angry’s satanic overtones, all contained within a dynamic 3D wrapper. Also, swords and movie electricity flashing everywhere.  What did we end up with? The plot impotence of Jonah Hex alongside the headache-inducing 3D of Last Airbender, and roughly 95 seconds of Christopher Lambert. Connor MacLeod, incidentally, would have tied this movie up in the first ten minutes by beheading the anti-Christ macguffin whom Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze spends all 90 minutes of this movie jerking around trying to protect. Why does it make sense for the hero to protect the physical embodiment of Satan? The writers of this screenplay did not see fit to tell us.

The production values of Ghost Rider 2 were high, and had a cold European flavor, as seen in better movies such as Ronin or The Transporter. Sadly, the 3D version suffers from the ailment of a very dark picture; 3D detracts from this viewing experience. Having watched Spirit of Vengeance right after the first Ghost Rider movie, it is apparent that the original (directed by Mark Steven Johnson of Daredevil fame) is a much more polished, complete, and enjoyable popcorn movie. Don’t bother with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.


Some alternatives:

  • Quality euro action: watch Ronin
  • Campy euro action: find anything Dolph Lundgren has directed in the past five years
  • Over the top Nicholas Cage: stream Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Nicholas Cage fighting hell in 3D: just rent Drive Angry
  • Neveldine/Taylor greatness: buy Crank 2: High Voltage and forget that Spirit of Vengeance exists. I have!
  • Ghost Rider in general: consider reading a comic book, or check out this video from the 1990’s Fantastic Four cartoon:


X Factor of -3.  This movie disrespects the legacy of Crank 2.




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  1. Pete says
    2012/02/26, 20:52

    I was going to list everything about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance that I liked, but after watching that clip I can’t. That one minute and twelve second masterpiece is not only the best Ghost Rider movie ever but I’m putting that in the discussion for tops all time. The only thing better would have been if Ghost Rider rode his bike into space and put the penance stare on Galactus as the Silver Surfer looked on in tears.

    I had high hopes for this movie as it combined two things I love, Ghost Rider and the people who brought us Crank 1,2, and eventually 3. I have to say that the child movie that was Ghost Rider 1 is far and away superior. I love that movie after seeing this. GR2 came across as a latter day Seagal movie, funded internationally and filmed in Eastern Europe. The one positive was that the effects and what little Ghost Rider violence there was looked great. (We have effects in America at least) But the story was so uncompelling that I was out of it within 10 minutes. This story seemed like it was rewritten about 5 times by 5 different people with 5 different ideas. All 5 were bad.

    As for the kid that Ghost Rider has to save, he is the vessel for the antichrist so I guess we shouldn’t blame him as it’s almost a good idea that Ghost Rider saves him from this fate, which mirrors his own. But I didn’t care about him or his gun-running parents and I wished he would turn into the antichrist so Ghost Rider could penance stair his ass and then Johnny Blaze would ride off into the distance an even more broken man, which is what I am after seeing Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance.

  2. Libby says
    2012/03/08, 16:04

    Wow. Ouch. There is some deep hurting here. If Nicholas Cage teamed up with George Lucas, they could kill us all!

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