A lot of people seem to take a perverse joy in watching Nicholas Cage overacting style of acting, but it typically it doesn’t move me.
Though what’s worse is that it feels to me Cage is being mocked, which is sad becaus he clearly trusts in his directors enough that he’s willing to swing for the bleachers.
Or maybe it’s just a part of his shtick and he does if because that’s what he wants to believe people have come to see.
In any case, Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad feels vaguely like M. Night Shymalan’s The Visit combined with George Romero’s TheW Crazies, where for unknown reasons–though likely due to an oddly specific virus–parents try to kill their children.
Let the hilarity begin!
It appears that Nicholas Cage has finally come to his senses, and is putting the Ghost Rider behind him. 2007’s original, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, wasn’t terrible, but it made a sophomore mistake, namely that it was pretty tame for a movie about a character that’s possessed by a demon.
The original film should have been in the vein of 1998’s “Blade,” which was an action film that didn’t skimp on the horror. Guillermo del Toro’s “Blade II” upped the horror/action ante.
“Ghost Rider” took another route, and treated the character like a typical superhero (he’s been portrayed in both ways in the comics). The first film, based upon a screenplay by David Goyer (who also wrote “Blade”) was supposedly gorier than Johnson’s final film though despite such shortcomings, it earned over $228 million worldwide.
“If you value your very soul (or at least your hard-earned cash) see “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” only from the relative safety of cable, Netflix or Redbox (when it’s available).”
I wanted to like Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” because I thought that Mark Steven Johnson’s original film wasn’t terrible, but there were so many missed opportunities that I hoped a second film would go about making up for some of them.
I was wrong, because “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is a mess of a film that not only ignores most that came before it, but makes new mistakes along the way.
Superherohype has posted pictures from the reboot of 2007’s Ghost Rider. The first film, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, was a bit too cartoony–despite being about an embodiment of a demon with a flaming skull for a head, which I assume was done to not alienate younger viewers.
This version, directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor, will be significantly more violent, if films like “Crank,” “Crank 2” and “Gamer” are any indication.