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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 hi... read more read more...s 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. -- (C) Sony

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DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012

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  • January 26, 2014
    three stars
  • fb674646753
    April 5, 2013
    A fantastic movie no matter what critics may say! Full throttle action scenes and some fantastic acting. Some lines may be cheesy but hey, what the heck, its a superhero movie! This movie is definitely worth seeing, and a great opening to the Comic Book Movie season of 2012
  • fb1442511448
    December 31, 2012
    With the somewhat-incoherency of directors Neveldine & Taylor, Spirit of Vengeance is much more weaker than its already failing predecessor. The tiring script and mostly a predictably performance from its cast, including its protagonist in Nicolas Cage, makes waste of this satani... read morec Marvel anti-hero. 1/5
  • December 5, 2012
    Mark Steven Johnson was an odd choice of director for the first Ghost Rider, I suppose Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor were more obvious choices but they've not come a long way since Crank, they now seem to be the go to guys for 'in your face effects at the expensive of any real su... read morebstance'. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a better film than the first due to its better effects and darker character. The skull looks better. The story is however and 50/50 balance of ridiculous and dull. Dare I say it, the first film had more going for it story-wise. The only bits of this film I really enjoyed were the comedy moments but then I'm not sure they were intentional. The ending got so stupid and confusing that I just didn't care anymore and I wanted it to end. One star for effects.
  • October 9, 2012
    An average sequel at best, done with a smaller budget by the looks of it. It has quite a good crop of British actors who many will recognise. The action scenes are ok, bike stunts pretty good and the CGI for the bike, flaming skull are decent. It just really falls down on the plo... read moret more than anything. Don't expect anything outstanding.
  • August 16, 2012
    There's a tag team in the director's chair with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Unfortunately, they can't do anything with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

    90 minutes is apparently too long of a run-time to fill, even with as brisk a pace as this film has. The flashb

    ... read moreacks are apparently enough to render the previous film useless, while the plot is weak and erratic, minimizing any flow this picture seems to have.

    The action is solid, but there isn't enough of it, given everything else that happens throughout the story. The shaky camerawork and eccentric editing don't help either. The CG is a mixed bag. Most of the effects are obvious; however the look of Ghost Rider is a plus.

    Nicolas Cage seems out of it at first, but once he lets loose he has some pretty amusing spurts. Violante Placido is easy on the eyes, while Ciaran Hinds and Johnny Whitworth are obvious villains.

    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance doesn't offer a whole lot to recommend, let alone talk about. Skip.

  • July 17, 2012
    Nicolas Cage must have some big balls to return to this franchise. After the appalling reaction to the first film this series should have died immediately. Well Cage is back and he promised us a little something extra. What we got was a lot worse. We have a plot of no real signif... read moreicance, where the devil is trying to kidnap a boy so he can take his body. Ghost Rider tries to stop it. This films biggest crime is being insanely boring. Cage showed us how to have stupid violent fun with Drive Angry, so why can't he do this correctly? It's set in 'Eastern Europe', a place with no discernible landmarks or colour. It's like the old quarry sets from Doctor Who. Everything is just dusty and gray. Nothing else happens. We have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd act fight scene, which are all the same. The actors are barely that, with only Elba giving it a shot. Cage just comes off as confused. It's like he saw that 'Nic Cage Loses His Shit' internet video and wanted to create more material for it. I think they tried to develop a caring relationship between him and a child, but what the hell is this? ET? The direction is also piss-poor. Neveldine and Taylor may be able to create weird and exciting visuals for things like Crank, but this needs some focus. A few monologues suggest that it wants to be a comedy but the jokes fall flat. I've already forgotten this film and I finished watching it 10 minutes ago.
  • July 6, 2012
    If you thought the first one was bad ( I thought it was mediocre), you are in for a whole other deal here. Where the first movie was cheesy and gibberish, this one is completely over the top and ridiculous. It's almost hard to believe that two completely different takes on this u... read moreniverse both fit, but they did. This one definitely is alot loonier than the first, but it was expected this time and kind of boring to watch. Nic Cage can do this kind of performance in his sleep. The story makes little sense and is hard to follow while the action & special effects don't offer anything out of the ordinary for this kind of movie. At least the first one had Eva Mendes to soothe the eyes.
  • July 1, 2012
    A Marvel film far under the average.

    Not a great sequel!!! I was real excited about a sequel to Ghost Rider. I liked the first one. I was very disappointed. Everything is horrible about this movie. The plot, the writing, the acting, and especially the special effects. In the fir... read morest move, the flaming skull was sharp, the bike was great, the riders expressions were great. In this movie, the flaming bike looked broken down, the skull wasn't sharp, and the jacket charred. The chain never lit up on fire either. And the penance stare was different. He didn't say look into my eyes or anything. Not to mention again that the writing and the plot were garbage.

    In Eastern Europe, a commando led by Ray Carrigan attacks a fortress protected by monks to abduct the boy Danny. However his mother Nadya rescues him while the priest Moreau protects them riding his motorcycle and they escape. Moreau seeks out Johnny Blaze and offers to set him free of his Ghost Rider curse provided he protects Danny from Roarke, with whom Johnny made a deal years ago to save his father. Meanwhile Ray subdues Nadya, but the Ghost Rider finds them and fights against Ray's gang. However, Ray uses a powerful weapon against the Ghost Rider and succeeds in abducting Danny. When Johnny Blaze awakes in the hospital, he joins to Nadya and Moreau to save Danny from Roarke and Ray.
  • June 28, 2012
    Was there any point to make a sequel?

Critic Reviews

James Berardinelli
February 19, 2012
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

This is a boring movie. The over-the-top outlandishness can't disguise that the whole 95 minutes represent one big snooze-fest. Full Review

Elizabeth Weitzman
February 18, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Whether Cage is still paying off castles, appeasing the IRS, or rebuilding his comic book collection, it's clear he's decided, for now, to trade his talent for cold, hard cash. Full Review

Andrew Barker
February 18, 2012
Andrew Barker, Variety

Spirit of Vengeance is weighted down for long stretches in the middle, as it starts to treat its own religious hokum plotline with undue seriousness. Full Review

Linda Barnard
February 17, 2012
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Shot in Romania and Turkey, the scenery is terrific and gives you something to watch other than this confusing mess. Johnny Blaze, you're just a candle in the wind, mate. Full Review

Neil Genzlinger
February 17, 2012
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

The film, though, has some redeeming qualities, including the presence of Idris Elba as the obligatory good guy, who encourages Johnny to get Danny into the protective custody of a religious order. Full Review

Rafer Guzman
February 17, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

That mix of admirable restraint and unabashed pandering makes Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance a guilty pleasure, if not the most wholesome treat. Full Review

Adam Markovitz
February 17, 2012
Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly

Like the first Ghost Rider movie, this one burns plenty of rubber trying to swerve around plot holes and thinly written characters. Full Review

Bilge Ebiri
February 17, 2012
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

The bad news is that this sequel, which wants to wow us with its unrestrained, hyper-stylized, WTF-ness, is way too disposable for its own good. Full Review

Nathan Rabin
February 17, 2012
Nathan Rabin, AV Club

At best, the Neveldine/Taylor team is capable of transforming ingeniously trashy premises into pop art, but here, they inherit a promisingly trashy franchise and fail to give it the allure and go-for-... Full Review

Mark Olsen
February 17, 2012
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

Like a laboratory experiment on how often a movie can spin from bad to good and back again. Full Review

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    • Ray Carrigan: I was never afraid of you.
    • Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider: He's scraping at the door!
    • Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider: It doesn't matter how far you run. There are some demons you just can't escape. [flames roar]
    • Roarke: Changing the defining terms of an agreement is something we just don't do.
    • Moreau: I can still see the light.
    • Roarke: You! Worst fucking deal I've ever made.

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