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FTN reviews Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

February 21st, 2012 by Marc 2 Comments

Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance (12A)
Directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and and Fergus Riordan
Running Time: 95mins

Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. In this gritty new vision for the character, directed by Neveldine/Taylor (Crank), Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Idris Elba) to save a young boy from the devil… and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

Johnny Blaze is back and carrying the flaming torch is mad-man extraordinaire Nick Cage. It may have been fifteen years since Nick has done an Oscar-worthy performance, but Nick brings it home with the cheese factor time and time again. He radiates cheese and I love him for it! Setting out to save his soul and that of a young boy, Johnny Blaze teams up with some Holy helpers to cast away a demon trying to take over our earthly realm in all his baddy glory. Boo to mean demons! *makes thumbs down hands* Can Johnny Blaze come to the rescue or will the devil in him take over? You’ll have to watch it and find out.
Backed up with a fun secondary cast Johnny brings it home with some over-the-top stunts and blazing fire action sequences. It’s a little crazy and a little wild but only adds to the overall feel of the film. This movie isn’t about changing lives or selling a political point, it’s about fun. If you enjoy a mindless flick then you’ll be satisfied with this one, but if you need something a little deeper in your film experience then pass on this one. For those that want to kick back and get in some good laughs prepare yourself for the entertaining Cage and company.
Action effects were pretty decent throughout, though I could have done without the shaky camera syndrome in the beginning and the under-the-table booger in your nose angles. But those issues aside the overall CGI for the film is pretty decent and cleverly done. Add to that some fire piss and you have yourself a good old-fashioned story straight out of the pages of Hell. Pure sin and I loved it.

3 out of 5 Nerds
Katie Dalton
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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….