Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (Film Review)

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) Sony Pictures Releasing 1 hr. 35 mins. Starring: Nicholas Cage, Violante Placido, Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth, Fergus Riordan Directed by: Brian Taylor, Mark Neveldine MPAA Rating: PG-13 Genre: Action/Adventure, Comic Book Fantasy Critic's Rating: ** stars (out of 4 stars) Co-directors Mark Neveldine and Mark Taylor found their twisted niche overseeing the hyperactive octane Crank film series while unleashing an unstable balding one-man wrecking crew Jason Statham onto an adrenaline-powered audience. Granted the Crank franchise was perversely over-the-top in its bid for a cockeyed rush of outlandish thrills. Still, it satisfied its hormonal fanbase with imaginative and exaggerated gusto. Now the directorial duo grab the reigns as they spearhead the second installment of Marvel Comics' hot-headed anti-hero Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze. In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the sequel to 2007's anemic Ghost Rider, Nicholas Cage reprises his role as the hell-raising, flame-scorching devilish bounty hunter out to create havoc in whatever crosses his perplexing path. Although slightly more engaging than its predecessor five years ago, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is marred by a sluggish script, cheesy and overwrought CG imagery and a ludicrous Cage performance that has now become commonplace for the once respectable Oscar-winner. Meandering, disjointed and unintentionally silly-minded, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance never quite matches the intensified heat as radiated from the movie protagonist's fireball noggin. Depending on one's enthusiasm for warranted gimmicks, Vengeance does incorporate a couple of tricks up its sleeve. For starters, the film is shot in 3-D so one can appreciate the essence of a blazing motorcycle as an immediate in-your-face effect. Secondly, some may embrace or reject the

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