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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.
Running Time
95 minutes

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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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Ugh

Indescribably awful! ... More

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Posted by sephiroth7 at 17:47, 20 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Not Fans Of Directors

Is it me or did the US get it in 2d also as when looking at Box office Mojo there was no mention of 3D next to it in the chart? ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 16:14, 20 February 2012 | Report This Post


Not Fans Of Directors

Neveldine and Taylor need to stop with all the hyperactive shaky cam, what the hell is the deal with that? It's all over the bloody place. On top of that, they dump a load of deafening RAWK music. How about telling a clever, funny story about people? Nah, that wouldn't be like the 2-hour videogames Neveldine and Taylor spew out. It's not even style over substance, no style at all, just a mess. ... More

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Posted by BenTramer at 16:58, 19 February 2012 | Report This Post


Idris Elba is good but that's about it. Thought it may have been good but with a 12a rating and Nic Cage in it, it was never going to be any good. The sorry thing is that it's not so bad it's good. ... More

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Posted by J_BUltimatum at 15:50, 19 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

I probably shout have just read this and saved myself the effort of posting. Agreed with everything. I have a cineworld card and so only had to pay the additional £1.50 for 3D ...and still felt very cheated! I actually forgot it was 3D. ... More

Posted by bronco3114 at 13:05, 19 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: The Green Lantern Vs Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

Ghost Rider ...the Green Lanterns faults numerous as they were at least was in a the right tone and the casting pretty good. With a better script it has a future, Ghost Rider as a main character (maybe has a future as a supporting character in another Marvel franchise) is dead. ... More

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Posted by bronco3114 at 12:58, 19 February 2012 | Report This Post


"this is less a film than a tattoo that lasts 90 minutes"

That pretty much sums it all up (a regrettable tattoo at that). I was optimistic when this sequel was announced even with the lack of buzz after the first effort. Thought they might cut lose and make a darker, violent and more faithful version liberated from the commercial pressures of a bigger budget ...alas no. Helen's right they weren't as funny as they thought they were being in places (why they were trying to be I don't really know). Cage was actually better as Blaze I though though but the... More

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Posted by bronco3114 at 12:54, 19 February 2012 | Report This Post


The Green Lantern Vs Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

Which is worse? The Green Lantern or Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance. Two films which should have been amazing but turned out to be just as good as a pile of pig shit. But which one is the better pile of pig shit? ... More

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Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK at 23:10, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


worst. film. ever

Clearly made on such a cheap budget. Zero plot. Boring. No laughs. Cage given just the one freak-out scene. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 21:19, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yeeesh, this was bad.

L: Wild about Wilder Surely from what i've heard the shaky camerawork added to the 3D is not a good match. 'm surprised I'm saying this, as I dislike 3D immensely, but I thought it worked quite well here. It helps that the film was only 90 minutes long, but for once I didn't leave the cinema with a headache. The problems with the budget limitations were softened by the use of 3D too, ironing over some of the cheaper looking fx work. The combination of 3D and shaky cam genuinely didn't b... More

Posted by adambatman82 at 11:32, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yeeesh, this was bad.

L: Wild about Wilder Surely from what i've heard the shaky camerawork added to the 3D is not a good match. t wasn't an issue as the 3D was completely worthless anyway. It was nothing but standard lazy post-conversion 3D and SO many of the scenes looked flat anyway. When you lift your glasses several dozen times during a 90-min movie to see the little difference between the 3D and unrectified shots you know its shit! ... More

Posted by alsybroth at 10:49, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Yeeesh, this was bad.

Surely from what i've heard the shaky camerawork added to the 3D is not a good match. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:21, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


Yeeesh, this was bad.

It isn't dreadful enough to be 1 star, as its extremely trashy, punk-like aesthetic kinda ticks my favourite pulp tendencies. But the frenetic camerawork and wide-angle lenses were just plain nauseating at times. Especially in some scenes where the film suddenly looks like it just tripped on hallucinogens. Everything else though blows. Every character in this film are totally one-note, the plot is completely nonsensical and riddled with awful logic (even for a comic superhero film) the dialogue... More

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Posted by alsybroth at 10:12, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: It could have been so good...

Yes I will watch it, when it's on TV for free or I'll buy it when it's in the HMV sale as it's clearly not worth me spending more than £3 or £4 on. Yes I'll get round to watching it but only because I want to see how much of a shit movie it really is as I can't really say how shit it is until I've seen it all the way through can I. But it begs the question when its compared to the first film, it makes it seem like stone-baked gold then it must be a fucking pile of stinking shit as I wasn'... More

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Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK at 01:11, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Two stars is quite generous...

Yes I will watch it, when it's on TV for free or I'll buy it when it's in the HMV sale as it's clearly not worth me spending more than £3 or £4 on. Yes I'll get round to watching it but only because I want to see how much of a shit movie it really is as I can't really say how shit it is until I've seen it all the way through can I. But it begs the question when its compared to the first film, it makes it seem like stone-baked gold then it must be a fucking pile of stinking shit as I wasn'... More

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Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK at 00:32, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance

Absolute shite, and I've got a fairly high tolerance when it comes to piss poor movies. Nic Cage's schtick, and it hurts to write this, is getting pretty tired. The crazy faces, noises, screams, the little tics, he's done 'em all before and in far more enjoyable films than this one. So sadly even him doing his 'thing' failed to entertain me this time around. (The lack of any decent transformation scene is an annoying, budget scrimping, feature of this one too) The whopping three action sequ... More

Posted by captainrentboy at 00:31, 18 February 2012 | Report This Post


Just awful

Cheaply made, poor direction and camera work and a shite plot. Avoide like the plague. And to think I paid extra to see this in 3D ... More

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Posted by bretty at 20:48, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: 12a?

L: Hood_Man It was ok, probably a 3 star film for me. Cage was pretty fun to watch and there were some fun action sequences./quote] I'd agree with that; was expecting a real stinker after the reviews poured in this morning but I had fun with it. 3 stars would be a little generous for me, but it certainly wasn't the monstrosity I'd been led to believe. ... More

Posted by adambatman82 at 20:06, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: 12a?

Ignore post, bloody internal server error got me ... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 19:45, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: 12a?

It was ok, probably a 3 star film for me. Nicolas Cage was pretty fun to watch and there were some fun action sequences. I definitely preferred the first though. There wasn't a single moment in this film that was anywhere near as cool as seeing Ghost Rider and Sam Elliott riding side by side in the moonlight across the desert, on motorcycle and horseback in the first film. That was cool. ... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 19:44, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


DAVID S. GOYER?!

So far this year has been especially good to me for films, and I had a feeling this was gonna be the first of bad eggs to come in 2012. But seriously, what the hell is Mr. Goyer doing writing this bull? I can understand if he's been overworked lately, but this's going on his imdb page! All will be forgiven in May I'm sure/hope. ... More

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Posted by LaughingNabashin at 19:44, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: 12a?

L: adam250579 thought this was spose to be r rated anyway? t is.Rated as : Rubbish. ... More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 18:45, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: piccolo135 L: discodave101 Wow - word of the day award goes to Helen O'Hara. I just had to look up the word 'Inchoate' read it as 'In chocolate' and decided to stick with it. hat would have given the film at least one extra star. For the record, I can totally review guy films. And if anything I was more generous in this case than many of my male colleagues would have been. ... More

Posted by Helen OHara at 18:40, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


12a?

thought this was spose to be r rated anyway? ... More

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Posted by adam250579 at 18:27, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Oh Dear!!!!!

Heard earlier that there was an embargo put on it by the film company for no reviews untill after Midnight last night. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 17:08, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


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