I did not do a lot of movie watching this weekend. Work, Fathers Day and a killer toothache cut into a lot of my time. But I did manage to watch one movie this weekend.WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
I don’t think that there are a lot of people who would say that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a great movie, or even a good movie for that matter. To be honest, I would not expect much when the DVD box says “From the guys that brought you Crank”. But, what you do get is a roller coaster ride that turns out to be more fun than it should be.
Nicholas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, the only hold over from the first movie. If you feel the need to watch Ghost Rider, go ahead, but do it only if you really need to be a completionist… it really is not that great. Thankfully, this movie gives you a brief recap of Ghost Rider’s origin so you don’t have to watch that thing.
As you would expect from anyone associated with Crank, the movie does not waste time getting you into the action, with goons hired by the Devil trying to kidnap a young child from a heavily armed monastery. Naturally, when you want to find a child wanted by the Devil, you bring in a man who can barely contain the demon within him, tempting him with the one thing he wants the most. What follows is a series of wild chases, gun fights, and one excavator that gets turned into a machine from Hell.
As I said, it is not a great movie, but it does not slow down long enough foe you to really figure that out. Cage manages to be convincing as Blaze, who at times is barely able to hold it together. And the use of Ghost Rider villain Blackout (though never explicitly named such) is a great, with a cool manifestation of his infernal powers. It also is a bit fun picking out actors famous for other roles in what are more or less cameos in this movie (one of which, though I could not confirm my suspicions through IMDB, is buried in the deleted scenes). If this movie had been released this summer, or would have been called a summer wild ride, but undoubtedly lost in the wake of The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises.