Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider, is now hiding out in remote Eastern Europe, struggling to repress his curse. Blaze is recruited by a sect to take on the devil, who wants to take over his mortal son’s body on the kid’s birthday.
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A+ Of course it has what everyone seems to find odd, "Cage weird." Hello? In those scenes a demon is trying to crawl out of his skin and possess him. This film is fun and well-crafted. And it avoids the sequel problem by making a movie of a different genre - one which I thought still linked up with the first "origin" film very well. Hey, look, an English paper gets and A+ for doing what it sets out to do, not for being a new Shakespeare play. This film did what it set out to do very well. I was entertained. A lot. And I guess, yeah, I'd direct a third installment in the franchise no problem. I'd be happy to, and feel like I had a lot to work with, a lot to live up to, and a lot to do differently from the first two just to stay in step. Bravo. Let Cage be Cage.
Marvel first floated the idea of a Ghost Rider film back in 1992. It took years for the first one to be released in 2007 due to endless delays, changing of production companies, etc. The sequel Spirit of Vengeance came out in 2011. The main reason why Ghost Rider finally got made was comic book fan Nicholas Cage got involved. He was Johnny Blaze the man who sold his soul to the devil and became the Ghost Rider. Both movies were panned by the critics, but Spirit of Vengeance isn’t half bad.
The introduction that goes over Blaze’s story using all kinds of graphics was quite good and showed a lot of promise. The story then begins with a mysterious man named Moreau played by Idris Elba asking Blaze to protect a child named Danny played by Fergus Riordan from the devil’s forces and in return Blaze’s curse will be lifted. The problem is the devil’s men led by Ray Carrigan played by Johnny Whitworth get him first. The story then focuses upon Blaze and Danny’s mom Nadya played by Violante Placido trying to get Danny before Carrigan can delivery him to the devil played by Ciaran Hinds.
The CGI for the Ghost Rider is pretty good which is a big deal as that provides the drama for the movie. During Blaze’s transformation there’s a little bit of crazy Cage which is what he’s known for and that’s always a bonus. The action is also well done such as when the Rider takes on Carrigan’s henchmen and covers a giant mining crane with his hellfire.
This isn’t up there with the Marvel Cinematic Universe films but it’s still entertaining.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
Pretty bad movies collected at a low price. I bought this combo to complete my set of movies with guys that wear tights and capes. Fortunately for everyone involved, Ghost Rider doesn’t wear either, but maybe it wouldn’t have hurt here. I saw these when they first came out and I liked them a lot more then. The effects are quite dated, but really, neither the plot or acting are all that good anyhow. Besides nostalgia and my love for the character, this collection doesn’t have many redeeming qualities.
Blech! Horrible. 1/2 way through and couldn't stomach a second more. I tried to like it. I really did. The acting was almost comical but the subject matter was just rotten. People who like this kind of stuff must be dead on the inside.
Quite a few people have voiced their disapproval over this film.....as well as the first one. Come on, this one wasn't that bad. It was actually interesting. It was shot overseas and it gives it the "old" look and there is plenty of action all around. It has more going for it than the first film. "Cage" isn't that great any longer, but he earned a check and gave us a passable movie. It helped that the other actors in this movie definitely brought it home. CGI, multiple locations and the great people in the background, such as stunt people among others really helped me to buy this film for my collection!!! I had fun watching the fantasy world with "the rider" in it, made it even better when viewed in Blu-ray. So take the risk and at least view it once in your life. Enjoy the "decay" character, who I found to be looking like he was having a blast in this movie.
The only reason why I gave this movie 4 stars is because of the acting, but really, who cares when you're talking about the Ghostrider and a lot of action? The plot is simple enough, and interesting that it takes place in Eastern Europe. They've definitely improved the look of the "Rider" with advanced technology. Now, his head doesn't look like a polished stone with flames around it. He's charred, and so are his clothes and boots. Way more menacing and effective! Even his chain effects have been improved. Let's just say that he doesn't only play with his bike in this one, and the villains witness that first hand. I had to rewind a few scenes with a big grin on my face. ;-) I added the dual bluray pack to my collection after renting this one. Enjoy!
What can I say about this movie other than the plot and story have almost nothing top do with the books. Ghost Rider (silver age) was always one of my favorites. I liked the characters and I liked the attitudes. This sequel manages to be a little better than the first one, hard as that may be to believe. Cage does his usual acting job with both of his emotions; confused or sullen. By this point you pretty much stop caring what happens to him and simply watch for the FX. Now, as far as FX goes it worth watching just for that.
I'll admit the plot is a little more in line with the books but seriously, Cage? They couldn't find someone that could actually act? When I picture someone like Hugh Jackman in this it makes me want to cry.
1.0 out of 5 starsNot bad enough to hold up as an example of a realy bad film.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2015
Hi, the best thing about this film was the 3D/Lenticular slip case. I kept the slip case, it realy is an excellent image. Following on from Ghost Rider I was expecting at the very least a picture of equal merit, I expected too much. What I found was a film that would make Highlander 2 look like a cinematic masterpeice. Maybe that is unfair to Highlander 2. As a one off film if viewed appart from all other Highlander films it could hold it's ground. But I'm sorry Ghost Rider 2 is not a bad enough production to be viewed and held up as a cinematic example to preserve for the future to show where others lost their way.
This film gets the essence of the comic book which is what you really want it to ... The movie is more brutal and visual, and you get to see a more violent side to the rider. Neveldine/Taylor did one good thing with "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" by deciding to take it into an even darker, more insane direction than 2007's "Ghost Rider," making it seem even more like a live-action comic book. "Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance" was darker, grittier and for a more mature audience. It was full of great action sequences and a schizophrenic performance from Nicolas Cage to keep things interesting. The final result is a good action movie with a solid focus and direction.
1.0 out of 5 starsIf you loved the first film, just stop at that and pretend they never made a sequel !!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2014
It's a Blu-ray, it has a nice box and it works in a player. However, such is the appallingness of this film that I'd recommend using the disc as a frisbee or a tea coaster as it is one of the worst films I have ever watched, other than Pacific Rim. You could just not bother buying it and most certainly avoid wasting your time watching this film as it steals time and will laugh gleefully knowing you that you will never get that time back again. Why, oh why, oh why? Nicolas Cage? Why? It's simply a comic with stupid effects, little plot and zero character depth. The first I loved despite mediocre critic reviews but this film is quite simply rotten!
2.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyed the first film? I did! Then DON'T GET THIS!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2015
The first film was ok but within the opening sequence, it completely rewrites how he became the Ghost Rider and remember at the end where he told the devil, no I'm keeping these powers to interfere with your evil plans?! Well in this, he's being searching the globe to find away to get rid of his 'curse'! So in my mind, this is more a reboot (just staring the same actor) rather than a sequel! Plus is cool flaming skull bike has gone....now its just a motorbike, with abit of extra panels on and painted a dull metal grey....oh and at one point he gets badly hurt by a grenade launcher but then later on shrugs off a rocket launcher impact!
Ok, I've seen the first movie of ghost rider, which I found it to be light yet entertaining , to watch on cinema, or with friends eating pizza and popcorn. It was digestible and fun to watch. But this one, it is a disaster. The whole thing is just some high definition shots bundled together, with loads of special effects (which are pretty cool, but since they are not backed up by the plot, acting e.t.c. you easily get bored). I knew that the second film would propably not surpass or be equal to the first one (I decided to play lucky and ignore the reviews of other viewers= big mistake), but I was surprised at how disastrous (compared to the first movie) this would be. Gathering all of my brain cells that survived watching this movie, I strongly recommend against buying this movie. If you wanna try it, RENT it first. It's not a movie you would want to have in your collection .
My wife asked me to get this for her and looking at the poor reviews I advised her not to waste the money, however after a few weeks she suggested that the reviews might not be accurate and she was prepared to give it a go.
I can now say that the reviewers who said it was poor were under exaggerating, it is much worse!
We were warned and did not listen, do not make the same mistake as we did, rather than waste your money on this give it to a charity at least that way you are doing a bit of good and you won't have to waste 92 minutes of your life watching it!!
4.0 out of 5 stars'VISUAL-EFFECTS MAKE THE FILM WORTH A GLANCE'
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2014
The film doesn't quite equal the polish of the first one, however it does have some good one-line quips from 'Nicholas Cage' and is a visual treat. 'Johnny Blaze' is offered the chance to reverse the deal he made with the devil to save his father, he has to save a boy 'Danny'(Fergus Riorden) from the clutches of the Devil (Ciar'an Hinds) Some good action sequences are on board, though i did find the first half of the movie a little slow, thankfully the second half did pick up pace. Love 'Nicholas Cage' movies, was sort of hoping he didn't agree to a making a third in the series, (You can only push a franchise so far ? )
5.0 out of 5 starsReally enjoyed the second helping
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 17, 2019
A superb reprise for Nickolas Cage, with great supporting roles for Idris Elba and Ciaran Hinds. The idea of the Devil as a fiendish Mob Boss worked well and well portrayed. The Cameo role of Christopher Lambert was masterful with the young actor who played the Devils son left nothing to be desired. All in all a wonderful addition to my Fantasy Collection.
5.0 out of 5 starsQuality film with Quality effects
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2014
I ordered this with 2 other films and they got here to days later so happy with the service.
This is the sequel to the 2007 film Ghost Rider. In this film Johnny is struggling to cope with the rider inside him and plans to get rid of the curse.
However the devil, disguising himself creates Decay a demon who disintagrates everything he touches. Johnny must summon his dark side for a battle for survival with the devil.
The film is very enjoyable, I loved the first one and this film definatly shows us a darker side if the rider that the first didn't show us. The skull is created using different special effects to the first one but I like the look in this one better.
Overall this film is great the story is great and is made better with the amazing special effects
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 5, 2012
Upon purchasing this blu ray, I finally went to watch the film last week, unfortunatly after 33 minutes there is a problem. The film starts cutting out of sounds, and jumps. I tried on another blu ray player and it worked fine. Seems to not play properly on Samsung players.
Anyway, since I watched all of 30 minutes, these were good, the film was very similar to the first one what with the Gjhost Rider helping to find a demonic boy. Great acting from Nicholas Cage as always. I havent watched the 3d disc as of yet but will do when i get the chance to see the 3d version.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2014
i love the original, so my 6 year old and I decided to dabble into the sequel zone. I wish i could say i loved it - but sadly it didnt cut the mustard. It was far too drawn out and didnt pack the punch that the original gave. I will sit nicely in my collection but in hindsight I probably would not have bothered. The eye candy of Cage was the only thing that kept it going, dont get me wrong, i have seen much worse but I was hoping for the greatness that i received from the first movie.
This was ok. Got the DVD at a good price, so didn't break the bank. Found the storyline somewhat lame. I quite like Nicholas Cage as an actor, but this role does bring out the cheese! Effects were good, but I felt the film just lacked something. There was a good supporting cast- Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds for example, but I don't think the script made the best of these actors' abilities. Still, take your brain out for 90 mins and go along for the ride.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2013
as the movie is a converted to 3d movie the 3d isnt mind blowing but it is ok looking, the movie itself is much like the first as far as the crazy over the top story goes however one annoyance is there is flashbacks in this movie to the first one... except parts of the flashbacks didnt actually happen in the first movie as they have rerecorded them because the devil is played by someone else now when it would have been easier to just say the devil comes in many forms
I was shocked when i have just watched the film, the storyline wasnt as good as first one and the ghost rider looked poor compared with the first one. considering the first film when he did the deal pricked his thumb, yet on this one he broke a bottle that left a scare on his hand think the film makers should av watched the first film not change how he did the deal. makes the films two different stories come on i was expexting better wish i had rented it rather than buy it