Review – Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance

If driving or riding a motorcycle and you’re caught breaking the law by speeding or drink driving, it’s not long before you lose your license and become a permanent fixture of public transport. It would be interesting if they applied the same laws to filmmaking, because Nicolas Cage would be a wanted man for making ‘Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance’.

Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) is hiding out in Eastern Europe trying to avoid his inner demon getting into trouble. Despite his attempt to stay in the shadows, the Ghost Rider is thrust into action when a priest named Moreau (Idris Elba) asks for his help to stop and evil force.

The action in ‘Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance’ is over the top and enjoyable in a few sequences thanks to the directing duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Both directors have spent their careers turning filmmaking into an extreme sport with films like ‘Crank’ and ‘Gamer’.

Beyond the action there isn’t much going on in the film. It has a dud plot that attempts to reboot the story of the character, after the previous film ‘Ghost Rider’ failed to make an impact in 2007. It took three screenwriters to come up with story that is the standard “devil bringing darkness to the world’. It is a stale idea and disappointing to see that writer David S. Goyer put his name to the project after working on the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise.

Cage revels in his own insanity and you have to wonder if the guy gives a crap anymore. Apparently, Cage is a huge fan of the ‘Ghost Rider’ comics and even has a tattoo on his arm as an expression of love for the flaming skull anti-hero. If it’s a passion project for Cage, the comic book character it’s probably better off just being ink on the actors arm. Elba and Ciaran Hinds wallow in supporting roles and there is an odd appearance by Christopher Lambert.

With a film like ‘Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance’ it’s hard to fathom that it’s a member of the Marvel comic book universe who are about to hit gold with ‘The Avengers’. I imagine if a reunion were held for all the Marvel movies, the invite for ‘Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance’ would get “lost in the mail” along with the invites for ‘Spiderman 3’ and the ‘Fantastic Four’ films.

So again, if we apply the road rules to filmmaking, we can make it official that ‘Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance’ has definitely had is license revoked.


‘Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance’ is now showing

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