I've always been a fan of Nicolas Cage and never fail to catch all his movies. This round thanks to Sky I had the opportunity to catch the premiere of Ghost Rider 2 : Spirit of Vengeance over at TGV KLCC. The original installment of Ghost Rider back in 2007 was a good watch, so I had rather high expectations of this movie, it let me down, read more below.
|Ghost Rider Spirit Of Vengeance|
This installment of Ghost Rider aptly named Spirit Of Vengeance most probably because the Ghost Rider was actually this fallen angel with a lot of issues. The movie kicks off with Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) reprising his role of Ghost Rider living in isolation for fear of the devil within him and it's outburst. He was brought back into action by this rather rugged monk Moreau (Idris Elba) to search and protect a little boy Danny (Fergus Riordan) who so happens to be the Devil's Rourke (Ciaran Hinds) offspring.
|The monk, Moreau who drinks and plays with guns, lots of guns|
|I've always loved Nicolas Cage no matter which movie he stars in|
That's when we see the Ghost Rider emerge in full fiery glory causing all sorts of mayhem to the bad guys. I like the fact they manage to inject humour into the Ghost Rider making him more like this high on drugs mentally unstable skeleton. It was slightly over though. There was this scene where we see the Ghost Rider pissing flames, which looked like he was emitting flames from his lower body. Totally uncalled for.
|The rather comical Ghost Rider in Spirit Of Vengeance|
|More guns for you sir?|
In this installment of Ghost Rider, the villain comes in the Devil Rourke, and also his new monster creation Ray Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth). Now Ray has this rather grotesque power of turning everything he touches into rotting stuff, which was pretty cool. Seeing him going up against the Ghost Rider was nice, but I would have expected more of a fight.
|The rotting Ray Carrigan in Ghost Rider 2|
Overall, I was pretty disappointed with the whole movie. From a big fan of Nicolas Cage, I know what he can do, and frankly speaking, the plot in Ghost Rider 2 was really so thin that even Nicolas couldn't save it. I was surprised at the short length of the film, or probably it felt short because there really wasn't much of a storyline in there. Going in really wanting to like this movie, I can say I only liked the colours and effects of the characters inside. My ratings for this movie would probably stand at 5/10.
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