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Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance catches up with the cursed stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze (Nic Cage) years after the first film, hiding out in Eastern Europe in an attempt to keep “The Rider” controlled. A warrior monk Moreau (Idris Elba), offers Blaze the chance to lift his curse in exchange for saving a young boy named Danny Ketch (Fergus Riordan) from becoming a vessel for the Devil (Ciaran Hinds). Jumping at the chance to free his soul, Johnny Blaze takes the deal and attempts to wield the power of Ghost Rider for one last ride.
With a summer line up of comic book characters about to blow up the big screen, Ghost Rider feels a bit like an appetizer before the main dish. The 2007 film “Ghost Rider” already introduced us to the character and his origin. Some liked it, many did not. Ever since the trailer for Spirit of Vengeance hit the internet, there has been a buzz about the film potentially being better than the first. Now, admittedly I am not the biggest fan of the first film, although I will say it did have a few good moments here and there. GR: Spirit of Vengeance delivers a different experience that is better in some ways, but still lacking in others.
The films Director’s Neveldine & Taylor, who are known for their high adrenaline ‘Crank’ movies bring a great directing style to the fast pace chases and action sequences that are present throughout the film. The problem is what happens when there are no chases or objects being set on fire. At times their direction feels a bit flat and amateurish. They do try to make use of some of the more interesting locations in the film, but it comes off feeling a bit forced for cinematography sake.
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