'Ghost Rider - Spirit of Vengeance'
(Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2012 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds).
DVD Verdict: For the pure fact I could have sworn that this film went straight-to-DVD, and yet I obviously know in reality it didn't, I have to say once it had finished I wanted it to continue! Sure it may not be the best of the best, it may not even have the true Hollywood visual effects and scenery backing as its older brother, but what it does have is a more than reasonable story line.
And yes, we all know that the 'Green Lantern' movie (with Ryan Reynolds) was 100% the worst Comic Book adaptation ever (thus far), but those that claim this 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' comes close have no idea what they are talking about. I mean, for one thing, this sequel never stands on its own two feet to profess to being anything other than a foreign made, foreign filmed, lacklustre CGI-fest at the best of times. Which means, in my book, if it quacks like a duck it must be a duck! But a very good, obedient, loveable duck, at that!
That all said, Nicolas Cage's acting is as bad, as ham as ever, but that's just what was called for here. He reminded me a lot of how he performed in 'Face/Off' - that same kind of sideways smirk whenever caught in the headlights of a hint of danger. Sadly though the kid he is protecting along with his forceful mother were not interesting characters. In fact, it was actually made even more interesting that she was never his love interest, and that the Ghost Rider actually wanted to kill her; for the most part!
As for what happens, I'll let you rent or own the movie to discover that for yourself. But here's hoping that the flaming skull rider swerves away, once more from the fringes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe straight for Hollywood for yet another (this time most likely, straight-to-DVD) cross country adventure. As boy, they are truly fun to behold! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: