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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)


Nicolas Cage
Fergus Riordan
Ciarán Hinds
Violante Placido
Idris Elba
Johnny Whitworth
Christopher Lambert

Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

I wonder what is worse, the idea of a black skull instead of the normal grey skull from part one, or the idea of the making of Ghost Rider 2, with a script that looked like it was written by toddlers?

I think the later was worse.

I can not phantom how such a weak script, could have gotten a go ahead from the studio. If you think there could not have been anything worse than the first Ghost Rider (2007), well the producers of this movie have you covered. Not only is this worse than the previous movie done five years before, the title borrows from a good comic arc that the movie does not follow.

Nicholas Cage is facing some financial issues, so that is why it seems like he is in every movie. But by now, out of all the crap he has been dishing out you will expect one to be at least good. But I guess I am wishing on a star.

The script being weak is one thing; now add the lines in the movie. It was unbelievable. The only way you can enjoy this movie is if you are 8 and you catch it on Nickelodeon.

Set eight years after the first movie, our anti-hero, anti-villain, character Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage), was still struggling with the curse of being the Ghost Rider. Learning that the rider is uncontrollable he decides to flee from all he loves and found refuge in a remote part of Eastern Europe.

While there he was approached by some monks to save a boy from the devil. At first Johnny is reluctant, but the monks made him an offer he could not refuse, they will help rid him his curse forever, the curse of being a Ghost Rider.

The antagonist of the movie is one of Ghost Rider’s Arch Enemies Blackout (Johnny Whitworth), who is a murdering psycho with no control what so ever (that is in the comics).
Now what would you expect?
We have Blackout and the Rider together in the same movie, you will expect some fun action fighting and cool CGI all engrossed in one movie ride.

But the makers of the movie had something else in mind; the antagonist will be named Blackout but the only resemblance to the Blackout of the comics will just be his face (not only was that a heart breaker, it was looking a gift horse in the mouth), here was a recipe for a dark movie that will rock, but instead we have to settle for a PG – 13 Ghost Rider.

Directed by the CRANK guys Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, and the screenplay was written by David S. Goyer who worked with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight, the combination of these three didn't help to make this movie a must watch.

I think studio with the Ghost Rider rights are pulling some gimmick, trying to ride the wind of the upcoming The Avengers movie. But, sadly the audience did not bite and the poor box office performance will result in the rights of the character going back to Marvel.

What else was wrong with this movie?

Cinematography, I have seen bad cinematography in B – movies, but this was worse. With a budget exceeding over $60 million dollars, you would expect better, so where did the money go? Trust me it was not in the CGI. The CGI was so out of place, what would you expect the movie was made with like half the budget of the first movieThis idea of releasing a movie so that the rights do not go back to the owners of the character did not work with the Punisher and it did not work here.

In the very much future when the rights go back to Marvel and they are done with their Infinity War (which was in two parts last one called Endgame) saga, we can hope for a better Ghost Rider movie.


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