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Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

When I first heard that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was coming out, I was a little surprised. I didn't think anyone was clamoring for a sequel and I couldn't figure out why they were making it. Then I did some research and I realized that the first Ghost Rider film made over 228 million dollars at the box-office. If I made a movie that made that much money, I'd probably make a sequel myself.

Moreau (Idris Elba) is on a mission to find a boy who is wanted by Satan (Ciarán Hinds) and his followers. Moreau and members of a secret church decide to recruit Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) in order to help them find the boy, because they know of the power that he possesses. They find Blaze hiding out in Eastern Europe trying to avoid contact with any other humans due to his condition that causes the Ghost Rider to come out and wreak havoc on any sinners in sight if he's unleashed. Blaze agrees to assist them knowing what it means, but he also makes a deal with Moreau that may change his life forever.

There were some parts of Ghost Rider: Spirit of vengeance that were historically bad. I don't know what they were thinking, but at times, it reminded of a bad rock video from the 80's. It had heavy metal music playing in the background during these unbearable scenes and they had Ghost Rider twitching and shaking in awkward ways that made it look like he was on some heavy stuff.

Based on much of the movie, you can say that it was as if the creators might have gotten a hold of something themselves when you look at some of these ideas that they came up with. Things like what I mentioned in the paragraph above go on all through the movie. It turns this movie into a sort of weird live action cartoon or something. It might even be the most cartoonish non-cartoon movie that I've ever seen.

As far as the acting that's involved, I'll say one thing. I always appreciate when actors put forth a good effort during any film that I watch. What they do is important to each of these films, so I don't expect anything less. We've all seen enough movies where the acting was either bad or flat and it seemed like some of those guys were mailing it in. Assuming the script is terrible and they were only in it for the notoriety or the check, you kind of come to expect this from time to time in these situations.

A movie like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance would probably be one of those movies that has the potential to bring out the worst performances that any actor might have to offer. The story is something that we've seen a thousand times and the movie was choppy and felt extremely cheap while I was watching it. With that being said, I have to point out that the majority of the actors actually do try here. The best performances come from Ciarán Hinds as the devil and Idris Elba as Moreau. They were able to breathe life into the Spirit of Vengeance. They were engaging and like most of the others, they fit the roles that were given to them.

Outside of the respectable efforts from some of the actors, the only other good thing about the movie are the fights. This is the only real thing that stood out to me and these scenes are entertaining to watch for the most part. If they had put this much effort into the rest of the movie then we would have had ourselves something that I could hold in high regard as far as action movies go. The potential was certainly there, but they obviously didn't capitalize on it.

As I said in the very first paragraph of this review, I can't blame them for making a sequel to a financially successful movie. Although I'm cool with this, I do believe that they should have come up with something better than Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. I thought this movie was going to be good after the first few scenes, but all of that fell apart piece by piece as the movie continued. It would pick up whenever there were battles or when Cage and Elba shared the screen, but most of that cartoon like stuff would eventually get in the way. The great action and even the many actors who stepped their games up aren't enough to turn this one into a winner.

Score: 2/5

Rating: PG-13

Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor

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

Film Length: 95 minutes

Release Date: February 17, 2012

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

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