Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (or The Ultra Mega High Cocaine Speed Ball Pounding Head Bust) Review

ORIGINAL POST: February 25, 2012

Take two cups of CRANK 1 and CRANK 2, add in some Marvel characters, Nicolas Cage, an assload of Four Loko and cocaine, put it together and what do you have?

That’s right, it’s Ghost Rider: Spirit of Venegance.

Based on the Marvel Comics superhero character and is a direct sequel to the 2007 movie from the same material and has once again gotten Nicolas Cage as the title role and as crazy as make him out to be (although, it’s true, I mean, have you seen this guy around bees?). As you may know from the first film that came out, yeah, it sucks. The story was so hack-neyed, the villains were either too much of a no match for Ghost Rider and most of the time Ghost Rider barely appeared in the movie, mostly the crazy antics of Nicolas Cage, but then again………

The plot is mainly that Johnny Blaze, still struggling with the curse of being the Ghost Rider, is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when a secret sect of the church asks him to save a boy from the devil. At first Johnny is reluctant to use his power, but it’s the only way to save the boy and possibly rid himself of this curse forever.

Anyway, the Crank directors Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor take the direction helm this time around and hope to make this version of Ghost Rider the superior one. The one with a grittier, edgier, and full-on dangerous version of Ghost Rider and say this one will redeem the character like he is in the comics. I mean, it’s not like it’s gonna get more worse reviews than the original one, right? Or early screenings said that the sequel is worse than the original…

Okay, you know what? I know many people, film critics (including the Spill crew) and anonymous figures said this film was bad, but I’m the type of guy that has to see it for myself. As much as I like to hear some opinions of other people, I really need to see this movie now…….

…….An hour and 40 minutes later…………….

Okay, I really do like the Neveldine/Taylor style of direction. For me, it give it that sense of high-octane, energized moments that makes you want to run a marathon like you are the bullet train out of nowhere and the action set-pieces (well, 2 of them that I like) were decent, but dammit, EVERYTHING ELSE REALLY SUCKS OUT LOUD!!!!!

n Hinds’ performance as the villain Roarke was just the typical comic-book villain…but with an alligator face that’s been pressed with an iron. Nicolas Cage………..well, fuck, he’s Nicolas Cage. Do I need to describe his performance.

I’m not clearly looking for the next Dark Knight or Iron Man, I just wanted some non-stop action and out-of-mind crazy experience and it did deliver…at some parts but it did fizzled midway.

FINAL VERDICT: Yeah, this movie is not the worst as some people put it out but yeah, it’s bad. It’s stupid but has an great amount of stupid.

I would give this an rental at first, but it had deterred all the way down but it isn’t a F**K you, it is actually…..

Or 3/10

Yeah, that’s about it right there.

Next week, like I said, Anime Discovery is coming back with my review of Midori Days and until then…..

I’m MAK2.0 aka HybridMedia, bringing all the elements in one format.

P.S., There is a line about a bee during the movie. I’m not joking. There is.

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE – courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. , comic property of MARVEL COMICS

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