Thursday, June 28, 2012

Movie Talk (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance)

Title: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Theatre Release date: 17th February 2012
Home Media Release date: 12th June 2012
Ummmm, sir, your head is on fire.
I know, I know, it doesn’t really have much to do with video games, but I mean who doesn’t love watching movies?! (Especially the bad ones).  So, if you love movies carry on reading this post.

Today let's talk about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Where do I start with this “movie”? It stars Nicholas Cage (you may know him from classics such as Face Off and Conair and more recently Season of the Witch [HAHAHAHA!]). Its one saving grace is that it isn’t one of those sequels where the story is about the grandchild of the original protagonist saving the day, so right now there is no flaming-baby-skeleton-demon riding a tricycle - just yet.
Nic Cage is Ghost Rider AKA Johnny Blaze. It follows from the first film with Johnny acquiring demonic powers and trying to run away from civilisation, to protect the innocent from coming to harm. The main plot follows Johnny Blaze helping a mother and son, ultimately ending up fighting, the movie villain, Mephisto. Voila - movie summarised.
The movie itself isn't too bad, but due to some over-acting from Cage and a few of the other actors, it hurts what little there was. The story and script is disappointing and it felt like the movie was (no pun intended) “riding” on the coat-tails of the recent Marvel movie boom (with the success of the Avengers movie franchise.)

The villain component to this movie, I feel, was fairly weak as it did not seem as though he had any chance to actually win against Ghost Rider. In contrast, there are parts of the movie which are done well, such as the action and the SFX. With such a stand-out character from the Marvel franchise they did well with the CGI as it wasn't too overdone. Above all the movie has NIC CAGE and CHRIS LAMBERT (of Highlander fame) in it so I’m happy. All in all, I still think you should give it a watch if you like bad movies or just like Nic Cage.
How can you hate this mad man? Just look at him, he's so crazy! :D

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