February 20, 2012 by Vinnie Leduc
It had potential to turn the laughingstock of superhero franchises around, especially when the badass trailer looked promising, Neveldine/Taylor were directing, and one of the writers was David S. Goyer. You better have saved your best for The Dark Knight Rises, Goyer.
I watched Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance for the slight chance that the movie would be anything like the trailer (and besides being a moviewhore, of course), but you know it must be bad if I’m already trying to justify why I saw it. This sequel popped out plenty of new babies to add to that YouTube video of Nic Cage losing his sh!t, which I just rewatched right now and would consider rewatching 20 more times if given the choice between that and rewatching either Ghost Rider. Some prime candidates from Spirit of Vengeance would be the “scraping at the door” pre-transformation part, the mid-motorcycle transformation sequence, and that scene where he’s isolated in some church sect’s sand hole or whatever the hell that was.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is weird in that at times the movie doesn’t take itself seriously (seemingly a requirement of Nic Cage movies these days) and blatantly makes fun of itself (although the jokes are rarely funny), but at other times, the film dives deep deep DEEP into the mythology.
The post-coverted 3D is negligible. In fact, I took my 3D glasses off several times to check whether it was actually a 3D showing. The action is sparse, and the best of it has already been given away in the trailers.
The plus I’m giving this unnecessary sequel to an unnecessary original in the first place is for some of the special effects involving the rider himself. Most of the flame and smoke effects and details like the bubbling melting leather on his shoulders look absolutely awesome. Even though I liked directing team Neveldine/Taylor’s previous films (both Cranks and Gamer), I don’t know if anybody could make a good Ghost Rider with Nic Cage attached. Just don’t eff up Twisted Metal or Crank 3. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance gets 1.5 out of 5 stars or D+ or Bad.