Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Nicholas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

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Rating: ZERO

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are a filmmaking duo known for their unprofessional filmmaking. Crank and its sequel made Sura look like The Godfather and Silambattam look like… you know where I’m going don’t you? Neveldine/Taylor are known for 80-minute crapfests. So what does Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance have in common to their earlier outings? Here are some:

1. The hero who does anything for redemption

Chev Chelios was a frontrunner for a mob boss and his path to nirvana led other mob bosses to poison his heart. Johnny Blaze has a history of seeking redemption. The filmmakers see an opening as big as a dinosaur footprint and pose all kinds of challenges.

2. Leading lady who can’t act but can distract

Amy Smart from Crank anyone? It’s Violante Placido here. She was worthwhile in The American. But, you can’t expect that here. But, what good use is Placido when you have a PG-13 rating to achieve.

3. An antagonist who is as stupid as the film

Ciaran Hinds has played antagonist in several films. The recent ones include an Argentinean politician in Fast Five and a back-stabbing secret agent in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which was critically acclaimed. His role as the devil in this film just doesn’t help.

The film’s title goes Spirit of Vengeance. But, what Ghost Rider attains is the Spirit of Justice. Does that mean, there’s no Part 3? Many expressed disappointment when the first film came out. I wrote that the film was fun and junk put together and awarded it three stars. The second film lacks fun and retains the junk.

Nicholas Cage has had four disappointing releases last year. Apart from Ghost Rider 2, Cage has 2 more releases this year. Can Nouveau Shamanic do it for him?