Wednesday 25 April 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

The Cast -
Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider
Idris Elba as Moreau
Violante Placido as Nadya
Johnny Whitworth as Ray Carrigan/Blackout
Ciarán Hinds as The Devil/Roarke
Fergus Riordan as Danny
Christopher Lambert as Methodius

Directors - Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor

Writers - Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman & David S. Goyer

The Plot -
Johnny Blaze, a man who made a deal with the Devil who called himself Roarke at the time, is on the run trying to make sure no-one is harmed by his alter ego, The Ghost Rider. He is approached by a Monk named Moreau who tells him that he can help be him free of the Rider, but first, he needs Johnny's help to protect a boy, whom Roarke has plans for.

The Review -
In the second instalment of Ghost Rider we find Johnny Blaze hiding from the world in an attempt to control his dark passenger (yes, that is a reference to Dexter!).
While Blaze is off the grid, Roarke has sent his minions to capture a boy called Danny, who has more about him than first meets the eye. But the boy's mother, Nadya, won't let him go without a fight. Under the care of a secret brotherhood of monks, Danny and his mother have to flee from their safety and go on the run.
Moreau, a monk himself, knows of the plans Roarke has set for the boy. So he enlist the help of Blaze, offering him the chance to free himself from the Ghost Rider once Danny is delivered back to the monk brotherhood where upon the mission is complete.
Along the way, Blaze has internal turmoil with the Rider inside. But in order to save Danny, Blaze must let the demon out in an all out war against the Devil, with the help of Moreau, Nadya and Danny.

Along with a battle looming, Blaze learns that his inner Demon is much more than the evil he once feared. Can he use his power to protect and not just for destruction and is giving it up the best option?

This sequel really has a different feel to it. It could almost be described as a dark comedy horror. But don't let that put you off as it works to it's advantage. It is darker than the original and some of the scene worked so well that they could have been pulled straight out of the comic book. I watched this on DVD which made me wish I'd gone to the cinema to see. Some of the effects are made perfectly for 3D. With a good mix off balls out action and drama this is an enjoyable watch. The only real bad point for me was that it felt a little bit rushed and if you're a fan of the first film, like in a big way, then you might not like it. I personally like both of them.

If you're going to watch this movie, if you have the facilities, I would recommend that you watch it on 3D Blu-Ray on a 3D TV to get the most out of it.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance gets a 7/10

Check out the trailer below...

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