In all honesty, I didn’t hate the first “Ghost Rider” movie from 2006, it wasn’t a good movie or anything special but it made for a fairly entertaining comic book film all the same. Now six years later, we have its first sequel “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”. Holly cow, what took this turkey so long, and who would think that a six year old sequel to an already mediocre film was going to be successful. Well as you’d expect, this film was a disaster, earning less than half of the first “Ghost Rider”, and was even panned worse from critics and fans. That’s no exaggeration because this really is one of the stupidest comic book adapted movies of the past ten years.
The plot is extremely rushed, giving you little to no time to get interested in these characters or what’s going on. The plot goes like this, the devil has taken a new human form called Roarke and he needs some special child to bring about the end of the world or something like that, it’s never adequately explained. It’s also as clichéd and stupid as you can get, except this film just runs with this silly plot and doesn’t give any of the characters time to breath, which makes it even harder to get invested in what’s going on. The characters themselves are very shallow, offering nothing for the viewers to get interested in. Nicolas Cage is back in his role as Ghost Rider and I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of Nicolas Cage at all but I’ve seen him act well in films before. Not this film, Nicolas Cage’s performance in this film is so over the top, so hammy and so stupid that you can’t even laugh at it. There’s actually a lot of really dumb jokes that are just thrown in this film for no reason and it’s that same kind of dumb comedy that just makes you feel stupid. Now for all the faults of the first film, I thought it had some decent villains, unfortunately there really downgraded in this film. This new Devil played by Ciarán Hinds is so generic that he might as well be a mob boss, just look at him, he wears a suit and tie, he drives a car and he even talks on a cell phone, what kind of Devil needs to talk on a cell phone?! There’s another villain called Blackout, but he’s no better.
Now the film isn’t entirely devoid of entertainment, there are some mildly fun moments, like this car chase at the end of the film and the Ghost Rider effect itself looks really cool. However, most of the action in this film is rather dull, generic and suffers from the worst shaky camera I’ve ever seen. It’s especially annoying that whenever Ghost Rider makes an appearance, he has to do this bizarre bobble head dance, I mean come on, we want him to fight the villains not dance around like a peacock. We also have lots of ugly landscape that’s comprised of nothing but rocks and desert. Overall, this film is as far away from quality entertainment as you could get and is only for those who like their trashy entertainment in the trashiest way possible. I give “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” 1 ½ stars.