Ever since X-Men became a big hit in the late 1990’s comic book movies have been all the rage. Some are big name characters such as Spiderman and Batman, and other times its lesser known heroes such as Blade or Kickass. Ghost Rider falls into the latter category. What’s even more surprising than the fact that Ghost Rider got one movie, is that he got a sequel 5 years later.
Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance opens a few years after the last one ended. Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is running from who he is, and is trying desperately to keep the Ghost Rider from appearing. As he travels through Eastern Europe he’s approached by man named Moreau (Idris Elba) who asks for his help in protecting a young child. He tells Johnny that if he helps, he will help him remove the curse of Ghost Rider so that he can be free of it forever. Johnny reluctantly agrees, and finds himself face to face with the devil, who is trying to use the child as a host so he can freely roam the Earth.
To say Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is bad is an understatement. This movie ranks right up there with such terrible superhero flicks as Daredevil, Superman 4, Batman and Robin, and the first Hulk movie. It may even be the worst of all time. Sure the special effects are cool, but there is no plot, terrible overacting courtesy of the quickly fading Nicolas Cage, and the biggest load of contrived nonsense that has hit the theatre in a long time. Even the humor is lame, save for the one joke about a Twinkie not rotting when touched by Blackout. This movie really should have never been made, and if you do decide to go see it you will end up regretting it.
If you are looking for a good superhero movie to watch in the theater avoid this one like the plague and see Chronicle instead. It’s everything a superhero movie should be, unlike Ghost Rider which should be used as a map for what not to do.