Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures' and Hyde Park Entertainment's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." In the successor to the worldwide hit "Ghost Rider," Johnny - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a se...more
Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures' and Hyde Park Entertainment's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." In the successor to the worldwide hit "Ghost Rider," Johnny - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil. At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy - and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. less
“A Bollywood style masala entertainer with an adventurous storyline & spine-tingling action sequences. Though the 3D is a letdown and the script is slightly flawed, the film is a gripping one time mast watch!”
Ghost Rider is the second movie on a motorcycle riding ghost, which is based on a Marvel Comics story. I have not read these comics nor seen the first movie and I must admit I was a bit befuddled with the goings on when the movie started.
But I quickly caught on to the fact that Nicolas Cage plays Johnny Blaze who transforms into the ghost rider when he has to fight the bad guys. The Ghost Rider is a guy on fire with a skull for his head. The ghost rider is trying to help a boy who is the Devil's own son, to whom the powers will be passed on, but in a stronger form on a particular day. The race is on to save the boy from the Devil's clutches. The other part is the fact that Johnny Blaze also wants to rid himself of the curse of being the ghost rider after he made a pact with the Devil in exchange for his dad's life. There is a lot of backstory in all this that either you as a Marvel comics fan know or like me you don't. The good part is you don't need to know all this stuff. The story is self sufficient.
The action is fast and furious. There is a lot of fire everywhere since whichever vehicle the Ghost Rider uses becomes a fire vehicle and he uses big earth moving kind of stuff to mow people down. But in spite of so much killing and mayhem I did not squirm like I did in, say, Agneepath. I guess the violence does not ever become personal and so refuses to touch you. The special effects are ok but then I think I have, by now, become a jaded soul.
There is also a lot of mumbo jumbo chanting and priests and guys in black robes that was somehow scarier than all the fighting.
Nicholas Cage totally enjoys himself, riding the fiery bike and transforming his head into a skull. The rest of the cast don't have much to do anyway except look evil or distressed.
This is a movie strictly for the boys and fans of Marvel comics. However, I will say that even though this is not my kind of movie I sort of enjoyed watching a skull head in a leather jacket speaking in a raspy voice and kill the bad guys. A change from the usual stuff for me. It lacked emotion but I guess Marvel comic fans don't look so much for that kind of stuff anyway.