REVIEW: WesleyGibson's Thoughts On GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE

Everyone wanted a darker Ghost Rider than what Mark Steven Johnson produced with the original film, then there came the trailer to the sequel/reboot directed by Crank Directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine which promised that. Did it keep its promise or completely fail? Click for my take...

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By WesleyGibson - 10/14/2012



The first Ghost Rider was surely no great film, with bad acting, cheesy dialogue, and hardly no action. I really got into the rider and he became one of my favorite characters very quickly, and after the failure of the first film I still wanted more Ghost Rider, but with at least, a darker tone. Upon finding out that the Crank Directors Neveldine/Taylor would helm the sequel/reboot which promised a darker and more supernatural tone, I was happy. I thought that maybe they could do the character justice, and I always felt that such a kick-ass character could carry his own film, he just needs that certain push.

The first trailer for the film arrived and I have to admit, I was very impressed, and hell I believed that we were going to have a film that would portray the rider the way he's supposed to be. However, many people were still skeptic to the film, but I supported the idea of it 100%, and I always liked Nic Cage as an actor, so I didn't mind him returning. I know the the majority of the CBM family here likes to shun Cage, and would have wanted a fresh actor for the rider, but that's not how it turned out and we just have to accept that.

On to the reviews. Overly negative with a side of bashing the film at every turn. Some even said the film was worse than the first, and than my support for the film started to fade very quickly. I loved the character, and I love how he looked in this film, but knowing that that was probably the only strong point was really hard to stay behind. I still retained some interest in it and thought that it could still be something at least worth giving one watch, so having said that, me and my wife decided to give it a chance.

Well in my honest view of the film, I have to say that it's better than the first. The film surprised me at some parts, and the movie's best strong point was Ghost Rider (although that'd make sense wouldn't it?). The first part of the film started out very weak and was very hard to watch because of the style of directing. The beginning was a crazy headache of a mess but when the rest came, it did get a little better. The camera seemed to calm down, and things got easier to put more focus into.

Nicolas Cage as Blaze could have and probably should have been portrayed by someone else, but as stated before, that didn't happen. So having said that, there were parts that he over-acted, but he mostly fit the part well. He was crazy and really brought out that Cage complex that many people can't stand today, so if you hate that about Cage, you'll hate this film no matter what. The kid and the woman were slightly on the annoying side, Idris Elba was a highlight of the film, and Johnny Witworth as the villain Blackout was actually easy to watch (way better than Wes Bentley's ridiculously cheesy Blackheart), and I think he did well in avoiding those old villain cliches that seem to plague almost every villainous performance in film. Christopher Lambert was great as always, and I was glad to see him.

The action in the film was about as absent as it was in the first, with maybe little improvement. Even though more stylish, it didn't really seem to help. Ghost Rider in action however was the best part or parts of the whole damn film, and I must say, they did a great job portraying him on-screen. He did look damn cool and was actually creepy, making him more fun to watch than in the first.

CLOSING STATEMENTS: With mostly annoying acting, shaky scenes and hammy dialogue, the film is certainly no masterpiece and is no where near it. The film however, does have a solid middle and end, and Ghost Rider packs one helluva meaner punch than whatever Mark Steven Johnson was trying to accomplish in the first. If you do not like Nic Cage, than this film isn't for you at all, and I will be honest with you, the film does take an open mind to watch, as well as a love for the character in the first place. In comparing this film to the first, I will say that I fall into that very small majority that thinks it's a better portrayal than what the first had.


My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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Vegeta - 10/14/2012, 2:48 AM
why is this on main? though i do agree with your words.. it just seems, irrelevant
NerdyGeek - 10/14/2012, 3:04 AM
Where have you been man? Haven't seen you post in a long time.

Good review mate.
vondoom29 - 10/14/2012, 3:06 AM
dude, i thought witworth sucked. he wasn't believable. i ont know. i thought so at least.
JerBear - 10/14/2012, 3:19 AM
Witworth was great IMO. A very refreshing villain. He reminded of a cowboy Taskmaster.
Chloefornication - 10/14/2012, 3:19 AM
I like this movie.
JerBear - 10/14/2012, 3:20 AM
Also, the second and third acts of the movie get a solid 7/10 from me, but the beginning was absolutely horrible, so overall it was about a 5/10.
JerBear - 10/14/2012, 3:24 AM
One thing I couldn't stand was the silliness of some parts. I understand what they were trying to do in those parts, to represent the insanity that comes with Ghost Rider, but it just didn't work and I ended up cringing instead.
KickMask - 10/14/2012, 4:00 AM
Just want to point out, the main villain wasn't Blackheart, it was Blackout. Two completely different villains. Anyways, great review! I totally agree with a lot of what you said!
campblood - 10/14/2012, 4:20 AM
I enjoyed both and do think the second is better.
Inhuman - 10/14/2012, 4:50 AM
sony needs to give up on this property. let the rights go back to marvel before they further embarrass ghost rider to the public
sameoldthing - 10/14/2012, 5:21 AM
Both movies had badass looking Ghost Rider but as a whole the films were not that great.

Only way to feature another movie with Ghost Rider is if they team him up with Wolverine & The Punisher..make a Hearts Of Darkness type movie.

Three cold blooded killing heroes taking out the vile villans permanantly that "soft" heroes can't.
deanwilkins - 10/14/2012, 5:26 AM
Shouldn't be on main.
jessepostal - 10/14/2012, 5:48 AM
Sure it's not a great movie, but it was fun and it entertained me. The rider looked great and it was way better than the first one, and green lantern:)
Shadowelfz - 10/14/2012, 6:07 AM
Worst CBM ever!
marvel72 - 10/14/2012, 6:13 AM
why would anyone want to revisit ghost rider spirit of vengeance? i've seen it once & that was enough.

terrible movie 1/5
Dane - 10/14/2012, 6:14 AM
"and I always like Nic Cage as an actor..."

In the words of Emily Blunt/Sara on Looper: "Well, you just lost your 'stay for the morning' privilege, get off my farm."
Maximus101 - 10/14/2012, 7:45 AM
Worst marvel movie ever..
SecretAvenger001 - 10/14/2012, 7:55 AM
The movie was terrible as a whole. Nic Cage played his normally dreary out of sorts on acting like he's on LSD interpretation of Johnny Blaze. Witworth was overly annoying and undeserving of being labeled a tough guy. His one liners fell shorter than pigmy. The kid who played Daniel was the acting equivalent Kale Lloyd.Even an appearance by Christopher Lambert (THE HIGHLANDER)as a weird bald tattooed monk didn't excite me.

Sadly Idris Elba plays Moreau, after reading the script the drinking was probably the only way he would do the job. The most believable part of the movie was The Rider! He looked like I would expect, they did go overboard with the possessions of a mobile crane.
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Is it the worst CBM ever...Nope, but is damn close!
breakUbatman - 10/14/2012, 8:11 AM
The CGI was good but everything else was a let down. The first few minutes before we actually saw the Rider were the best parts .Worst movie I've ever seen Hinds or Elba in, you have the devil as the big bad but instead of an epic fight you waste effects on having the Rider piss flames and do 360 spins in mid air. Add to that Blackout looked like a guy in white makeup as opposed to a guy with white skin like Nomak or Nuada and the nonsensical lens flares thrown into his "blackouts" everything about the character is lame.

It's unfair to judge this movie based on what came after it i.e. Avengers, TASM, TDKR and Dredd, but based on what came before it this was a poor attempt. Should have been a Terminator 2 meets Blade type story instead we got ... GR:SOV.

They should just get someone to do a Blade/Ghost Rider movie - pity Del Toro is tied up until forever
CaptainObvious - 10/14/2012, 8:16 AM
2nd worst comic book movie of all time. This is Marvel's Batman and Robin.
Jolt17 - 10/14/2012, 8:20 AM
Good review, man. I have to disagree at some points, though; Johnny Withworth as Blackout is quite painful to watch, and I'd personally take Bentley's Blackheart any day! Moreover, I don't think even Elba or Lambert shone in the movie - I'm still surprised myself, but although their performances were the best compared to the others, they're still not that great they could become the "highlight," the saving grace of the movie, or whatever.

I really like Nic Cage as an actor, but don't get me started on his painful performance. He gave quite a dedication to the role, at the very least.

Yeah, Batman & Robin, Steel, and some others are still worse than this; but, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is only slightly better than those the worst CBM's of all.
Jolt17 - 10/14/2012, 8:34 AM
As a side note, I still want my money back for the ticket of this movie + the additional 3D charge, because it added nothing anyway.

This is the movie where the big bad was finished off in less than 5 seconds.
HellsHammer - 10/14/2012, 8:38 AM
@Marvel72
Agreed. My buddy rented it at redbox and brought it over. I haven't even made it to the end. I passed out 20 minutes into it!
WeAreVenom86 - 10/14/2012, 8:52 AM
Yeah...we have to say the best and only good parts were the Ghost Rider scenes. We liked how they made him all [frick]ed up and what not...and the possession of the trencher was pretty bad ass. But...as a whole...the movie blew. We would love to see an absolutely righteous Ghost Rider film....possibly build up to a battle between him and Vengeance. We do have to agree...this would be better as a Marvel Knights team up with Punisher, Blade, and DareDevil...or Hearts of Darkness with Wolverine. Definitely need a different actor....and maybe get Stacy Keach to do Ghost Rider's voice like he did with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Maybe they should get Liam Hemsworth or DiCaprio...anyone but Cage! Either way...it was a complete step up from the first film!
YoungThanos - 10/14/2012, 8:54 AM
@Jolt17, Bentley's Blackheart was par with a Smallville villain.

Ghost Rider is the Resident Evil: Retribution of the Marvel Film world. Granted it bombed here in the states but made a decent 80 million overseas. So like Resident Evil's film franchise. As long people are seeing these films Lion's Gate will throw them out.
Ranger14 - 10/14/2012, 9:26 AM
Each time he transitioned into Ghost Rider I had to cringe and close my eyes. It was done so over-the-top cheesy and it ruined the halfway decent action following because we were still cringing over the poorly done transition scenes. I don't think I have ever said a film sucks here...but that film sucked! My lady apologized over and over again for dragging me to the cheap theater to watch it. lol

Giving it a 1 out of 5 stars would be generous for me.
Jolt17 - 10/14/2012, 10:11 AM
YoungThanos: And, Smallville villains are a lot better than this Blackout. :P But, really.

I still cringe so hard everytime I think of the slide show sequence of the movie...yeah, it looks like it's taken directly from a Power Point presentation. With Nic Cage's voice-over, but still.
gaikinger - 10/14/2012, 10:15 AM
It has great great moments along with unwatchable one.
misner89 - 10/14/2012, 10:17 AM
this shite suxs more then the tmnt movie 3 back in time like come on [frick]ing worse movie ever [frick]ing made
marvel72 - 10/14/2012, 10:32 AM
@ HellsHammer

i don't know how i actually made it to the end,my 1/5 score was just for the cgi effects of ghost rider.
LOL - 10/14/2012, 11:13 AM
I wasn't expecting much about the action on the movie when I saw it... GRSOV wasn't a martial arts freak so while lacking, it was ok for the most part. They could've done more but it wasn't as bad as people made it out to be, and as far as CBMs go, there WERE a LOT worse than GRSOV. I do agree with some of you on how the Rider looked.... both movies nailed the flaming bonehead perfectly in the looks department and that's about it.
SageMode - 10/14/2012, 11:57 AM
This was a travesty on all end. I'd give it a half of one star
WesleyGibson - 10/14/2012, 12:59 PM
Made the corrections guys, thanks for the input! Bad result of being really tired...

Dane

LOL Nice =D
Robert - 10/14/2012, 1:59 PM
An actual fact: I fell asleep while watching this movie...TWICE...and I tried to watch it TWICE. This movie sucked beyond words. Probably the worst CBM I've ever seen...better yet...tried to see.
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laughterman26 - 10/14/2012, 3:48 PM
the games better than the movie
luckylu - 10/14/2012, 3:58 PM
the first was the biggest pile of shit ive seen. spirit of vengeance was by far a batter movie. not saying its great or anything just that id watch this one over the first anyday.
brokeBatman - 10/14/2012, 4:33 PM
Great review man. I also enjoyed the sequel much more. I wanted to hate the zombie villain guy coming into it but he turned out to be a highlight of the film, imo. I also enjoy when the kid actors are ok and dont suck too bad.
LAXtremest - 10/14/2012, 5:03 PM
As comic book movies go, Electra and Jona Hex may be the only two that are worse. By far the worst movie I've seen this year.

4/10
super01 - 10/14/2012, 5:30 PM
My review: This movie totally sucked ass!! Nuff said.
GUNGRAVE1 - 10/14/2012, 5:32 PM
Reboot GR.
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