Nicolas Cage is back as Johnny Blaze in a sequel to 2007"s Marvel Comics Ghost Rider. Titled Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the movie is a non-stop thrill ride filled with fire and decayed flesh. But like the first Ghost Rider movie, this one also burns plenty of rubber around plot holes.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a 3D superhero film based on the Marvel Comics antihero Ghost Rider. Nicolas cage's adrenaline-fuelled performance is the major attraction of the film. Stunning visuals and special effects are its other highlights. But except some redeeming qualities, the movie seems to be a bad-ass.
Johnny Blaze (Cage), a man who swapped his soul to save his father, is hiding out in Eastern Europe in a vain attempt to control the demon that takes over his life from time to time and turns him into a fiery, skeletal, motorcycle riding man-killer. A French priest (Idris Elba) comes looking for Johnny to enlist his help to save an adolescent boy, who has been kidnapped by devils. The devil (Ciaran Hinds) would like to teach own ways to the child (Fergus Riordan), who was fathered by the devil. The child has a good human mother (Violante Placido). But if the child is not saved from the bad guys, a new evil will be unleashed on the world.
David S Goyer penned script looks grim and ugly with many plot holes taking a ridiculous premise. The characters have been written thinly and the dialogues are very bad and terrific. Like the first Ghost Rider movie does not showcase effects good enough to make up for all its shortcomings. It may appeal to one particular camp.
Although the movie lacks the typical punch lines, Nicolas Cage makes sure that he keeps the legend going and he once again makes the good win over evil. In a nutshell, although Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance looks like one bad-ass, one cannot stop enjoying the stunning stunts of Cage.
Producer: Ashok Amritraj, Avi Arad, Michael De Luca, Steven Paul
Director: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert, Johnny Whitworth
Music: David Sardy