Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

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3.0 Overall Score
Story: 3/10
Acting: 3/10
Visuals: 6/10

Some neat effects

Bad story, poor acting

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Ghost Rider:  Spirit of Vengeance

Studio:  Marvel Knights

Genre(s):  Superhero/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  December 11, 2011 (Austin Butt-Numb-A-Thon)/February 17, 2012 (wide release)

MPAA Rating:  PG-13


It’s like The Road Warrior…except lamer

Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage) is on the run from the demon hidden inside of him. When he is contacted by Moreau (Idris Elba) to find and protect a boy named Danny (Fergus Riordan), he learns that he could have the chance to rid himself of Ghost Rider forever. Protecting Danny and his mother Nadya (Violante Placido) might be harder than Blaze expected since they are wanted by the man named Roarke (Ciaran Hinds) who stole Johnny’s sou and his assistant Blackout (Johnny Whitworth).

Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a superhero comic book movie.  The sequel to the 2007 movie Ghost Rider, the movie was released in theaters in 3D in 2012 after a preview showing at Austin’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon in 2011. It was a critical and financial failure and was even rejected by the comic book fanatics.


Ghost Rider’s rogue gallery is pretty slim pickings, but Blackout is even wasted here

After Ghost Rider, it was surprising that a sequel to Ghost Rider would come out. Ghost Rider did ok in the theater but was hated by critics. Spirit of Vengeance was even worse. The story was a mess, and the filmmakers kept injecting these weird animated flashbacks or stories into the movie (I’m sorry but I didn’t need to see the Spirit of Vengeance urinating fire). It just didn’t work.

The movie is horribly overacted with the overacting king himself Nicholas Cage. At least when he was young and overacting, he looked the part, but here he looked bloated and too old for the role. In Ghost Rider, Nicholas Cage’s weird behavior is the only thing that held the movie together, but here it just gets old rather quickly. The movie is pretty painful.


What every superhero movie needs…a superhero urination scene

The only thing I will say that was a bit positive was I thought some of the effects on Ghost Rider were cool. The animated sequences didn’t work, but I liked seeing Ghost Rider during the day. I’ve always like the design of the character, and it was fun to see a Ghost Rider monster truck with flames etc. Does it help the film? No.

Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance is part of the reason that superhero films could die out eventually. For every Avengers or Amazing Spider-Man there is a Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance or Elektra. Ghost Rider is a dark comic and if the movie was going to work it needed to be rated R with some extreme violence. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance should be avoided…you will wish he burned your eyes out with his penance stare.  The Ghost Rider character eventually reverted back to the Disney owned Marvel Studios and appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (but unrelated to these two films).

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