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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

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Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds
Feb 17, 2012
PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth, Fergus Riordan, Spencer Wilding, Sorin Tofan, Jacek Koman, Anthony Head
Director: Brian Taylor, Mark Neveldine
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Theater Release: Feb 17, 2012
DVD Release: Jun 12, 2012
Synopsis: Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance. In this gritty new vision for the character, directed by Neveldine/Taylor (Crank), Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Idris Elba) to save a young boy from the devil... and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. -- (C) Sony

Critic Reviews

  • James Berardinelli, ReelViews
    This is a boring movie. The over-the-top outlandishness can't disguise that the whole 95 minutes represent one big snooze-fest.
  • Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
    Whether Cage is still paying off castles, appeasing the IRS, or rebuilding his comic book collection, it's clear he's decided, for now, to trade his talent for cold, hard cash.
  • Andrew Barker, Variety
    Spirit of Vengeance is weighted down for long stretches in the middle, as it starts to treat its own religious hokum plotline with undue seriousness.
  • Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
    Shot in Romania and Turkey, the scenery is terrific and gives you something to watch other than this confusing mess. Johnny Blaze, you're just a candle in the wind, mate.
  • Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
    The film, though, has some redeeming qualities, including the presence of Idris Elba as the obligatory good guy, who encourages Johnny to get Danny into the protective custody of a religious order.
  • Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    That mix of admirable restraint and unabashed pandering makes Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance a guilty pleasure, if not the most wholesome treat.
  • Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly
    Like the first Ghost Rider movie, this one burns plenty of rubber trying to swerve around plot holes and thinly written characters.
  • Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
    The bad news is that this sequel, which wants to wow us with its unrestrained, hyper-stylized, WTF-ness, is way too disposable for its own good.
  • Nathan Rabin, AV Club
    At best, the Neveldine/Taylor team is capable of transforming ingeniously trashy premises into pop art, but here, they inherit a promisingly trashy franchise and fail to give it the allure and go-for-broke energy of superior trash.
  • Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
    Like a laboratory experiment on how often a movie can spin from bad to good and back again.
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