Monday, February 20, 2012

Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance: Movie review

Ghost Rider (video game)Image via WikipediaI was always a comic book fan, with a special liking for the superhero. Hence the no-brainer decision to sit through Ghost Rider : Spirit of Vengeance, the celluloid adaption of one of Marvel's lesser known creations. A great super hero movie somehow re-affirms all those hours spent during childhood, hiding away comic books under the blanket and reading them with a torch light, braving swift and severe parental cummupance. At the very least it is supposed suspend your belief and involve you for its duration, and at its best make you want you tear open your shirt and fly out of the window screaming "up up and away!" However, Ghost Rider 2 is not one of those great super hero movies. In fact it isn't even a good one. The story is weak and convenient, the characters are poorly etched and feeble and the superhero looks so bored and detached that you almost end up rooting for bad guy. Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze continues to confound with his choice of roles... and wigs :-), and while the supporting cast try hard to salvage this snooze-a-thon with some spirited hamming, they fail completely with the possible exception of Idris Elba. Twenty minutes into the film and you know you've made a big boo-boo with your ticket purchase. Even the CGI is uneven, and appears amateurish amidst the quality that we are now used to and the action set pieces, the last defense, fails to save the day. I suppose the USD60m budget must have been limiting.

If you still want to know what this film is about, here goes. Our hero is hiding out in a remote part of Europe when he is found and asked to save a boy who is destined to take over the powers of the Devil unless the ritual is stopped in time. The incentive being the end to the curse of the Rider. So he teams up with the kid's mother, bikes up, kicks some ass and does his job. However, after getting his curse lifted and returning to mortal-dom, Johnny has second thoughts when the boy is yet again kidnapped by the Devil. Quite obviously, our hero still has some good in him and he rushes in despite his lack of any fire power and manages to save the day, sending Beelzebub back to Hell. Oh, along the way the curse is reinstated and he retains his fearsome powers.


I sincerely hope the Ghost never rides again. I do live in fear.


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