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Movie review - Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

By Xolani M Shezi | 2012-02-24 07:33:57.0

OH, DEAR me, Nicolas Cage; you've done it again! A few weeks ago I was thrashing you for your under par showing in Seeking Justice. Now you're back with your constantly crazy-like acting, which has become your signature in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

Title: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Director: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Fergus Riordan, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba, Christopher Lambert and Johnny Whitworth


Nic, get this (and take me seriously when I speak, for I don't beat about the bush) please. Oh, but at least this time around it's not entirely your fault - the script sucks, for starters.

But bro, is it possible for you to go for revision acting classes; maybe (just maybe) your disappearing career could be saved after all? Let me set the record straight, flick fans: I don't have any beef with Nic. I like him a lot. And that's why I'll be on his case until he listens to me.

If you'd seen the first Ghost Rider film you'll certainly notice that it was far better than its second instalment. In other words, I'm asking you to watch Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and you'll make the same conclusion as me.

It's very difficult to award it a positive score. Ag, you can go see it for the action.

But for you to pull that off successfully, you have to picture Nic back in 2007 as the demon-possessed Johnny Blaze in the first movie where he's a biker, donning biker boots with a mission to save his dying dad. Remember the skeleton-like mask, the black leather jacket and all? You loved him, didn't you?

Yep, Johnny Blaze is back but you won't stand his antics, even when his intentions are noble - this time he is tasked with rescuing a young boy from the cusps of (guess who?) the devil. Blaze is still battling to the evil curse he inherited from the first Ghost Rider movie and is hidden somewhere in the Eastern Europe.

Then a secret sect of a certain church beg him to help the boy get rid of the devil in him (he is, in fact, Satan's human son) and Blaze is (obviously) not keen to do this but we know that he will in the end.

What gives the movie some kiss of life is the presence of Idris Alba, who plays a monk that has a penchant for guns and booze (wine, to be exact). Ciaran Hinds does a brilliant portrayal of the devil. You can go see Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at your peril.

You might enjoy some impossible-looking stunts and car chases. Hell, you might end up having a joll, who knows? Nic, I don't know what to say to you anymore.