Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Beyond abysmal - Eoghan Bolger
Ghost rider spirit of vengeance
Ghost rider spirit of vengeance is an action film directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, it stars Nicholas cage as a superhero who drains the souls of the immoral/evil, in this sequel he saves a boy and his mother from sinister forces who seek the child for themselves. He also has a crack of becoming human again.
The movie is an hour and nineteen minutes long.
The Marvel superhero films have been on the rise as of late, showing just why I prefer their characters over the DC ones. Punisher and Iron man, Elektra and Daredevil (my favourite superhero) were poorly adapted into film but beyond that it was smooth sailing. A few years ago I was alright with Cage as an actor, even seeing the first Ghost rider movie as a passable action movie.
The source material for this is average at its best but a flaming skeleton on a bike deserves to be portrayed much better, cooler than this. Maybe a younger actor would have made it tolerable but Nicholas “does not engage” Cage is really phoning it in here, he's not even trying and the same can be said for the other actors. If it looks like the cast doesn't care why should I?
This storyline is old hat and threadbare and I'm tired of these 12s rating restricting some of these films and Hollywood playing it too safe, that is not what we got rid of the comic book code nonsense of yesteryear.
This is flat and empty, another in the line of action films where everything is in the trailer and what fight scenes are there are only watchable at most.
The dialogue is uninspired and poorly delivered that hurts, along with Cage's weak performance the characterization of the lead.
The first one really only had its action to go on and even then it did it better than this one. A waste of a good budget.
The original was touching on a guilty pleasure and the comic is while generally terrible at least has the cheese factor and there were a few funny moments in Jasin Aaron's take on the character but this sequel isn't even worth aping.
This is a shell of a film with very little effort gone into it. I have never left a movie in my life but after nearly half way, the dialogue became so cringe worthy I had to throw in the towel.
This is really the bottom of the barrel, the sort of film that gets reduced to five euro in a bargain bin a few months after a speedy release.
Even if you enjoyed the first one this has nothing to offer in the way of anything other than disappointment.
Review published on the 24 February 2012 06:57
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