All over the place, in every respect. Neveldine-Taylor's directing has been fun in the past, but here it comes across like random thrown together late 90's nu-metal music video directing on drugs. Nic Cage's performance has the range you want from him, when he totally loses his shit, it is never not a joy to behold. But fleeting moments of Cage brilliance aren't enough to make this dull mess worth watching.
The first installment was an exercise in wasted opportunities but this installment is a total letdown that loses the spirit of the comics completely. Ridiculous plotting, cheaper effects and awful casting make this an exercise in tedium. I usually enjoy the b-movie antics of Cage but this is over the top even by his standards. Nice to see Mendes and Fonda spared themselves the embarrasment by appearing in this one.
Watchable in spurts, especially any time Idris Elba was on screen, but the story's so perfunctory and the tone so one-note that I was ready for the credits after the scene where Christopher Lambert's monks were massacred--imagine my excitement at realizing there was half an hour of movie left to go.
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.
Not bad. Didn't realize Elba was supposed to French until two-thirds through the movie, and I might still be wrong. What is with dude and accents? Anyway, some good stuff in here even if it all feels a little low-rent. Cage meltdown count: one, but it's an instant classic.
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).