Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Where do I start in reviewing this… this… film?

I enjoyed the first. It was diverting enough. Sure, it was only a two-star film, but it was an entertaining two-star film. The second is a one-star film.

Nic Cage’s Ghost rider is the only one who can protect the son of The Devil, from The Devil. That’s the plot. The Devil walks among us in host bodies, however the boy (his son) is somehow different, and if The Devil possesses this body, he will become all powerful. The plot is ridiculous.

Now for the good points (I like to be balanced). The effects do look good in places, and there are some funny lines of dialogue, for example when the boy’s mother says “my son is the one good thing I’ve done in this world” and Johnny Blaze replies with “let’s hope he doesn’t turn out to be the anti-Christ“, it’s funny and works for this film.

The bad points. The film is mad. It’s from the guys who made Crank so you expect a certain amount of lunacy, but this uses it poorly, and it often feels out of place with the tone of the rest of the film. In Crank, it worked showing Statham’s mental state as the adrenalin is kicking in. With Ghost Rider, the same mad visuals are used to show Blaze trying to keep the Rider at bay. It does nothing but make your eyes go funny, and strongly consider walking out of the film early.

The 3D seldom works, apart from the opening shot of Idris Elba on his motorbike and a couple of moments with the Rider. The only reason for the 3D being here is to try and increase revenue and box office takings thanks to the price hike with 3D films.

Two successful UK film magazines generously gave this film 2 out of 5 stars. For me it is merely a 1 star film. Pure hell, which evokes my own spirit of vengeance against the makers of the film (by writing a harsh review).