The second installment in the Ghost Rider franchise, Spirit of Vengeance, features some great action scenes, but the rest of the film is bogged down by a poor script, bad acting, and an unforgivable lack of character development. Devoted Ghost Rider fans are probably the only people who will get any enjoyment out of this film.
Johnny Blaze struggles with his inner demons, and in a desperate attempt to be rid of them, he travels across the globe to Europe. But he soon discovers running from his demons does not get rid of them. Soon, a priest named Moreau finds him and urges him to escort a young boy named Danny to a sanctuary where he can be saved from the demons within him. It turns out that Danny is the son of the Devil, and many seek to capture him and take him to the Devil himself. Blaze must find the boy and complete his quest before the wrong people get their hands on him.
The acting here is just terrible. Johnny Blaze as a character is a sad and tormented man full of regret, but Nicholas Cage didn’t capture that at all. He needed to, because any chances of audiences relating to him as a character rely on Cage delivering a convincing performance. Ciaran Hinds portrays the Devil, but his performance was also disappointing. Every scene he appears in, he is wearing a pathetic grimace on his face that has to be a futile attempt at being creepy or intimidating. Idris Elba, who many may know as Heimdall from last year’s Thor, delivers the most satisfying performance. However, his performance still is not great, but that can be attributed to the script. Fergus Riordan plays Danny, and his performance is stiff and dull. Violante Placido, who plays Danny’s mother Nadya, gives a performance that lacks heart and fails to convince viewers.
The script leaves a lot to be desired. The dialogue is dry and corny, and a lot of the movie is spent trying to be funny. The character interactions feel forced and add nothing to the film. The characters are incredibly underdeveloped and as a result they don’t feel real and audiences can’t connect with them.
Putting those flaws aside, the film boasts some great action sequences. Ghost Rider’s ability to set vehicles on fire and use them to wreak havoc is exciting, and the special effects for those scenes are well done.
Aside from that, though, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a disappointing entry in the Ghost Rider series and will no doubt leave the future of the franchise shrouded in uncertainty. If you are not a hardcore Ghost Rider fan, you might want to skip it.
1 out of 5 stars