The unusual shot choices and Neveldine/Taylor's sense of humour help make this an occasionally fun, always strange, time at the movies, but compared to the Crank films and Gamer this feels like a neutered version of their cinema.
Considering what energetic, exciting filmmakers Neveldine/Taylor are, it's a crime that their GHOST RIDER film is boring for the most part. Nifty effects and a characteristically nutball Nic Cage performance are short-changed by a snoozer of a story you've seen a bajillion times. But it's great to see guys like Ciaran Hinds, Christopher Lambert, and Anthony Head in a movie, they don't get enough work.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Considering who made Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, it is what it is but it beats the hell out of the previous Ghost Rider and is a hell (ha ha, get it?) of a lot of more fun since it decided not to take itself so goddamned seriously. I loved the effects and different interpretation of Ghost Rider. Nowhere nearly as bad as I expected.
Its suffers from the restrictions posed on directors, not the PG-13 certificate but the fact that its a comic book adaptation that was written by other people and kept under the conventions of this current sub-genre. And yet, both the directors and Nicolas Cage, despite the slight disappointment with the film, manage to have one or two moments shine through. One scene where Cage freaks out shows how talented he is.
Breakneck action photography and admittedly cool special FX can't hide the fact that the script is a Satanic rehash of "Terminator 2" with weak dialogue and performances that barely register. Nicolas Cage, woefully miscast as stunt rider Johnny Blaze, is rarely allowed to dial into that particular brand of Cage insanity we all know and love. A film that entertains in fits and starts (mostly when the Rider shows up).
All of the special effects in this movie would've been worth it if only they had proper storyline AT ALL with enough substance. From the first, I wasn't expecting much from this movie and yet it still let me down.
Pure B movie entertainment. I tried to think of a better word in my vocabulary, but "entertainment" just sums it up so perfectly. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, while watered down from their Crank films for mass consumption, hold on to their flair for pure adrenaline action sequences. Only criticism: a bit too much Cage, even for me.