When the devil resurfaces with aims to take over the world in human form, Johnny Blaze reluctantly comes out of hiding to transform into the flame-spewing supernatural hero Ghost Rider — and rescue a 10-year-old boy from an unsavory end.
- Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider: Nicolas Cage
- Roarke / The Devil: Ciarán Hinds
- Nadya: Violante Placido
- Ray Carrigan / Blackout: Johnny Whitworth
- Methodius: Christopher Lambert
- Moreau: Idris Elba
- Toma Nikasevic: Vincent Regan
- Benedict: Anthony Stewart Head
- Grannik: Spencer Wilding
- Danny: Fergus Riordan
- Terrokov: Jacek Koman
- Vasil: Cristian Iacob
- Kurdish: Sorin Tofan
- Girl (Forest): Adina Galupa
- Grey Suited Man: Will Ashcroft
- Production Design: Kevin Phipps
- Story: David S. Goyer
- Casting: Gail Stevens
- Editor: Brian Berdan
- Producer: Michael De Luca
- Executive Producer: Stan Lee
- Producer: Avi Arad
- Executive Producer: Gary Foster
- Executive Producer: Mark Steven Johnson
- Producer: Steven Paul
- Director: Brian Taylor
- Director: Mark Neveldine
- Producer: Ashok Amritraj
- Original Music Composer: David Sardy
- Executive Producer: E. Bennett Walsh
- Director of Photography: Brandon Trost
- Stunt Coordinator: Markos Rounthwaite
- Characters: Roy Thomas
- Screenplay: Seth Hoffman
- Screenplay: Scott M. Gimple
- Casting: Colin Jones
- Producer: Ari Arad
- Set Decoration: Dominic Capon
- Executive Producer: Maya Fukuzawa
- Costume Design: Bojana Nikitović
- Special Effects: Lucian Iordache
- Special Effects: Adrian Popescu
- Concept Artist: Jerad Marantz
- Animation: Nicholas Tripodi
- Animation: Shane Hall
- Digital Effects Supervisor: Michael Queen
- VFX Artist: Aaron Williams
- Visual Effects: VFx Star
- Visual Effects: Jatinder Singh Manhas
- TopKek: **Loved the first Ghost Rider, this one was TERRIBLE**
To be honest, i was really looking forward to see this movie, the trailer itself was eye-candy and highly exaggerated.The story is as bad as the actors’ performance. Nicholas Cage is going a very , very bad road, his lasts movies , ”season of the witch” and ”drive angry” were as thin and dreadful as this one. The action in this movie was unjustified and plain crazy bad, the way ”Blaze” was written, the laughable dialogues and dumb facial expression of Cage didn’t helped at all. The 3D effect on this movie is overrated, everything is too much and fake. Idris Elba was probably the only reason why i went to watch this but even then his role was thin and futile, On the whole, it’s messy , funny and plain bad, i pray to god there is not a third one
- Per Gunnar Jonsson: Christ what kind of bum did they get to write and/or produce this one.
I really, really liked the first Ghost Rider movie. This one is nowhere near that one. Sure, Nicolas Cage is doing Johnny Blaze again and they even got Christopher Lambert to play an old priest but the movie is just poorly implemented. The Ghost Rider is actually not really appearing that much and when he does, the special effects look cheap and not at all as cool as in the first movie.
It doesn’t help that, when he first appears in the movie, he gets shot down by a simple “human” gun and ends up in hospital. This nonsense about, first trying to hide out in some obscure place a ’la The Hulk (been there done that), and then trying to get rid of his powers and afterwards taking on Satan without them is just ruining the fun. The film totally lacks the spirit of the first one.
As I said, I’m rather disappointed. It’s really a shame that they screwed this one so badly because now we probably won’t get another one even though they made a lame attempt at the end of the film to leave a door open for that.
- Wuchak: _**Wild sequel**_
The first Ghost Rider film from 2007 was fairly faithful to the comic. When Ghost Rider came out in 1972 it was more of a general idea than a fully fleshed-out premise. This was clear as the stories changed from writer to writer and one artist to another. Ideas were added as the years progressed, like the “penance stare” and Blaze’s growing awareness of the former angel of justice, Zarathos. The book was canceled in 1983 after a ten-year run. In 1990 a new version of Ghost Rider was introduced with a different character and it ran eight years.
The first film was an amalgam of the ideas presented in these two series, mostly the first, and struck me as the comic-book come to life. Really, the only thing that was disappointing was the villain, Blackheart, who was seriously scary in the comics, but not so much in the movie.
“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (2012) is a worthy follow-up with Nicolas Cage returning as Johnny Blaze. The story switches to Europe and, more specifically, Romania and Turkey, where the film was shot.
This time the devil is played by Ciarán Hinds, rather than Peter Fonda, which isn’t a big deal considering Satan could presumably take different physical forms. The devil’s main minion is played by Johnny Whitworth, a different character than Blackheart from the original, albeit similar. The hot female is Violante Placido, who’s arguably an improvement over Eva Mendes. Another positive is the rockin’ soundtrack.
I don’t mind the story switching to eastern Europe since the locations are excellent, particularly the amazing cave-monastery, but there are other changes that I’m not so crazy about, like the charred biker jacket of the Ghost Rider, but this is just a matter of taste; I simply prefer the cool biker “costume” as opposed to the dirtbag biker look. A more significant negative is the overactive camera that’s annoying and draws attention to itself (hopefully this fad has run its course). But there are enough dramatic parts to balance out the quick-edited thrills; besides, you get used to it
BOTTOM LINE: “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is a quality sequel that interestingly fleshes out the nature of the spirit that possesses Johnny blaze (I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil it). People who claim the film’s more “serious” and “faithful” to the comic are off the mark. It has the same quasi-serious, cartoony-horror vibe as the first film, with glimpses of humor. As radical as the first movie was (in a comic booky way), this one ups the ante and is the better for it. Unfortunately it’s marred by the hyperactive camera and quick editing.
The film runs 1 hour, 35 minutes.