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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Idris Elba
Ciarán Hinds
Violante Placido
Nicolas Cage.
Directors
Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor.
Screenwriters
Scott M. Gimple
Seth Hoffman
David S. Goyer.
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Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance
Johnny Blaze burns out


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Plot
Self-exiled in Eastern Europe, Johnny Blaze teams up with drunken monk Moreau (Elba) to save a boy from the devil (Ciarán Hinds) and free himself from the curse of the Ghost Rider.


Review
Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance
The first Ghost Rider was derided for its lack of edge — something Crank’s Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were meant to fix. Instead, here’s another 12A attempt at the guy whose skull periodically explodes into flame as he sucks evildoers’ souls. Nic Cage and Idris Elba both clearly have a ball, but the plot is fatally unoriginal — Cage’s Johnny Blaze teams with Elba’s priest to save a boy from Ciarán Hinds’ devil — and it’s neither as funny nor as balls-out fierce as it should be. With the directors failing to tweak their style to fit 3D and the Ghost Rider still an inchoate presence, this is less a film than a tattoo that lasts 90 minutes.


Verdict
Like Ghost Rider: Low Voltage, this is a surprisingly underpowered excursion into Marvel's mad world by Neveldine and Taylor. More purgatory than hellfire.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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Spirit of vengeance...more like Spirit of failure

How can I compare this to a rats bedding? well for one it smells terrible (in a metaphorical way) and its not worth touching with a twelve foot pole. Nicholas 'the cage' Cage really fell into a rut with this film, I mean this brings the term of terrible sequels to a new level I mean it doesn't even fit in with the first story and having a new writer and director didn't help. The film didn't even need a sequel, I didn't want to see what happened next the whole idea of the bike was ignored complet... More

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Posted by silence1 at 11:23, 15 July 2013 | Report This Post


Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

It's not completely terrible, but two stars might suggest it as "fun bad". Ugly and campy, this sequel suggests that nobody cared about making it. The action's a bore and the story is bloated with mundane characterization and tedious religious allegories. ... More

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Posted by norgizfox at 03:59, 20 February 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

i enjoyed the first ghost rider movie but not the sequel, 92 minutes of my life wasted. ... More

Posted by moviebuff73 at 20:55, 24 July 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

My god! How many times did. I post that?!?! Apologies guys! I was on my phone that day, and for some reason it kept on saying error everytime I wanted to post, so I re-posted, I never thought i'd be posting twice or more! But I agree, I love Cage in Kick Ass too! He stole the show in my opinion! He still remains one of my favourite actors. He's not afraid to go all out loco! ... More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 21:04, 07 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: Nexus Wookie L: waltham1979 L: loafroaster a woman review Ghost Rider is like having a man review Eat Pray Love. OF COURSE SHE ISN'T GOING TO LIKE IT!] What a moronic post. I've even put it in bold to highlight how stupid a comment it actually is. Anyway back on topic; I've seen a preview of this film and it is quite awful. I think giving it two stars is an insult to two star films; christ its an insult to one star films. I'll put this in the same... More

Posted by S. C. Lee at 19:57, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: waltham1979 L: loafroaster a woman review Ghost Rider is like having a man review Eat Pray Love. OF COURSE SHE ISN'T GOING TO LIKE IT!] What a moronic post. I've even put it in bold to highlight how stupid a comment it actually is. Anyway back on topic; I've seen a preview of this film and it is quite awful. I think giving it two stars is an insult to two star films; christ its an insult to one star films. I'll put this in the same category as the first Ghost... More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 18:27, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Just awful

L: waltham1979 L: loafroaster a woman review Ghost Rider is like having a man review Eat Pray Love. OF COURSE SHE ISN'T GOING TO LIKE IT!] What a moronic post. I've even put it in bold to highlight how stupid a comment it actually is. Anyway back on topic; I've seen a preview of this film and it is quite awful. I think giving it two stars is an insult to two star films; christ its an insult to one star films. I'll put this in the same category as the first Gh... More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 10:56, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: loafroaster ...one remember the last time Cage made a good film??!!ote]   Matchstick Men?   ... More

Posted by Discodez at 10:55, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Just awful

L: waltham1979 L: loafroaster a woman review Ghost Rider is like having a man review Eat Pray Love. OF COURSE SHE ISN'T GOING TO LIKE IT!] What a moronic post. I've even put it in bold to highlight how stupid a comment it actually is. Anyway back on topic; I've seen a preview of this film and it is quite awful. I think giving it two stars is an insult to two star films; christ its an insult to one star films. I'll put this in the same category as the first Gh... More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 10:47, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: waltham1979 L: loafroaster a woman review Ghost Rider is like having a man review Eat Pray Love. OF COURSE SHE ISN'T GOING TO LIKE IT!] What a moronic post. I've even put it in bold to highlight how stupid a comment it actually is. Anyway back on topic; I've seen a preview of this film and it is quite awful. I think giving it two stars is an insult to two star films; christ its an insult to one star films. I'll put this in the same category as the first Gh... More

Posted by Nexus Wookie at 10:46, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: waltham1979 L: loafroaster a woman review Ghost Rider is like having a man review Eat Pray Love. OF COURSE SHE ISN'T GOING TO LIKE IT!] What a moronic post. I've even put it in bold to highlight how stupid a comment it actually is. Anyway back on topic; I've seen a preview of this film and it is quite awful. I think giving it two stars is an insult to two star films; christ its an insult to one star films. I'll put this in the same category as the first Gh... More

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Posted by Nexus Wookie at 10:46, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: waltham1979 L: loafroaster a woman review Ghost Rider is like having a man review Eat Pray Love. OF COURSE SHE ISN'T GOING TO LIKE IT!] What a moronic post. I've even put it in bold to highlight how stupid a comment it actually is. Anyway back on topic; I've seen a preview of this film and it is quite awful. I think giving it two stars is an insult to two star films; christ its an insult to one star films. I'll put this in the same category as the first Gh... More

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Posted by Nexus Wookie at 10:45, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: waltham1979 L: loafroaster a woman review Ghost Rider is like having a man review Eat Pray Love. OF COURSE SHE ISN'T GOING TO LIKE IT!] What a moronic post. I've even put it in bold to highlight how stupid a comment it actually is. Anyway back on topic; I've seen a preview of this film and it is quite awful. I think giving it two stars is an insult to two star films; christ its an insult to one star films. I'll put this in the same category as the first Ghost... More

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Posted by Nexus Wookie at 10:45, 05 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

Always thought the casting of Cage for this film was wrong, a complete misfire really, a younger unknown actor may have been better I think. He certainly fits the bill with the manic possessed tortured inner-demon issues that's for sure but the guy is too old lets face it. So they have another crack at this and basically its slightly better than the first, not much, but it does have an edge. For a start the cgi and effects overall are better than the first, the GR looks darker and more bur... More

Posted by Phubbs at 22:27, 03 April 2012 | Report This Post


cage ok story poor

set pieces good well, shot bravo camera team just missing any kind of script really ... More

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Posted by chrisharvey1551 at 05:20, 01 April 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Not even Cage can save this one

You are all paying too much attention to Cages performance. Hinds out- Cages Cage. ... More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 22:51, 26 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Not even Cage can save this one

Just saw this and pretty enjoyed it, not perfect but any means but perfectly half decent trash entertainment... plus Idris Elba was ace and Anthony Head had a nice cameo... the 3D was pointless, and Nicolas Cage had me laughing hysterically unintentionally but it passed the time so I'll give it a lower end 3/5 ... More

Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 22:28, 26 February 2012 | Report This Post


Not even Cage can save this one

Fast, action packed and hilarious. The words I should be using to describe the Ghost Rider sequel. Instead the words dull, uninspired and poorly made come to mind. Cage goes crazy in his acting which reallly drags the film down. The acting is terrible and the few times Ghost Rider is allowed out he impresses but is quickly shoved away again. Trivia: Ghost Rider only has three major scenes and is pretty much offscreen for most of the film. A huge dissapointment., ... More

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Posted by pottyaboutpotter1 at 14:24, 23 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: I Effing knew it Helen!

L: dgribble I knew you guys would screw The Cage over as soon as he left the building after that web chat. You lying hypocritical ~@#$%£whits, shook his and smiled through your teeth acting like you admired his career and acting abilities; and he feel for it. Not knowing that the minute you left you guys would backstab like every other putrid film critic on this damn planet! The only good thing I can say is that at least you didn't piss take his hair this time; maybe you guys don't ... More

Posted by Spaldron at 12:51, 23 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: I Effing knew it Helen!

L: dgribble I knew you guys would screw The Cage over as soon as he left the building after that web chat. You lying hypocritical ~@#$%£whits, shook his and smiled through your teeth acting like you admired his career and acting abilities; and he feel for it. Not knowing that the minute you left you guys would backstab like every other putrid film critic on this damn planet! The only good thing I can say is that at least you didn't piss take his hair this time; maybe you guys don't ... More

Posted by elab49 at 09:47, 23 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Real Review Part 3

Somewhere in Eastern Europe, a monastery sheltering Nadya and her young son Danny, is attacked by some troops led by Ray Carrigan, a bounty hunter and Nadya’s ex-boyfriend. They narrowly escape with their lives, aided by a priest called Moreau who goes off to get help. This potential ‘help’ is Johnny Blaze, immortal and able to turn into a demon in the presence of evil because of a deal with the Devil, and in hiding, tiring of his curse. Meanwhile Nadya and Danny are attacked and almost kill... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 08:31, 23 February 2012 | Report This Post


Real Review Part 3

. Cage gives it his all to ensure that it's abundantly clear that these are two different characters and gives the Rider a more dimensional feel when interacting with other characters. For the first time this is a Rider to be feared; Cage's movements really do convince that there is a demon in our presence. So while the move may be a disappointment, justice has been done for the character, and Cage can be proud of that. To conclude while the movie may well be torn by a bunch of film nerds who bi... More

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Posted by dgribble at 22:45, 22 February 2012 | Report This Post


Real review Part 2

in3D and as a result the coal digger sequence, which I'd been so looking forward to was a chaotic, indiscernible mish mash. The only sequence that remained unruined by this was the final road chase; worth viewing even in 3D. However that was one sequence, that was sadly just not that long enough. The final blame goes to the directors who only managed to spare some energy for filming through out. Believe it or not I felt a severe lack of energy in this film; when the Rider finally comes out, it l... More

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Posted by dgribble at 22:43, 22 February 2012 | Report This Post


The Real Review

Ok horsing around aside; I'd way this more as a disappointing than a disaster. This is overall thanks to same reason the first one was disappointing than awful; Cage. First let's get the movie's flaws out the way. The two (at times three) culprits are: David S Goyer, The dick that decided to convert this into 3D, and at times the directors. For the man who wrote the first two Blade movies; and helped co-write the Nolan Batman saga, I have to wonder what the hell is happening to David S Goyer, af... More

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Posted by dgribble at 22:42, 22 February 2012 | Report This Post


I Effing knew it Helen!

I knew you guys would screw The Cage over as soon as he left the building after that web chat. You lying hypocritical ~@#$%£whits, shook his and smiled through your teeth acting like you admired his career and acting abilities; and he feel for it. Not knowing that the minute you left you guys would backstab like every other putrid film critic on this damn planet! The only good thing I can say is that at least you didn't piss take his hair this time; maybe you guys don't want another ver... More

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