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Ghost rider: spirit of vengeance, common sense media reviewers.
Crazy, violent, dumb action sequel quickly burns out.
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A similar message/theme as most other Marvel super
Ghost Rider isn't one of the more admirable heroes
Very little blood, and all of the violence is heav
In an animated graphic, the main character's bare
One use of "f--k." Also "merde" (which is French f
Part of a popular comic book franchise. A Twinkie
A secondary character is referred to as an alcohol
Parents need to know that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the sequel to the 2007's Ghost Rider and is based on a Marvel Comics character (albeit one who seems more on wreaking vengeance than assisting people in need). There's lots of strong, if mostly bloodless, fantasy violence; unlike the…
A similar message/theme as most other Marvel superhero movies: With great power comes great responsibility. Here, a character agrees to take on great suffering in order to help others. Unfortunately, his power also involves a deal with the devil, and violent behavior with no consequences goes hand-in-hand with the impulse to help.
Positive Role Models
Ghost Rider isn't one of the more admirable heroes in comic book movies. He struck a deal with the devil, and he's in constant torment. His power involves punishing and/or destroying the wicked -- i.e. vengeance rather than assistance. A boy is shown to be a skilled pickpocket.
Violence & Scariness
Very little blood, and all of the violence is heavily FX-based, but viewers do see characters rotting and burning. A boy of about 13 and his mother are in danger; they're both physically attacked, pushed around, and hit. The boy is kidnapped and treated roughly (he's injected with a needle and gets a small cut on his face). There are also threats and heavy fighting, guns and shooting, car chases, crashes, and explosions. Minor characters die. Some scary stuff (Ghost Rider's skull face is quite creepy). Characters behave angrily and crazily.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In an animated graphic, the main character's bare butt is glimpsed during a motorcycle stunt. In another scene, it's implied that a businessman is trying to pick up a beautiful woman for sex, but nothing overt is said.
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One use of "f--k." Also "merde" (which is French for "s--t"), "ass," "d--k," "goddamn," "a--hole," and "hell." "Idiot" and "balls" are seen in subtitles.
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Part of a popular comic book franchise. A Twinkie is part of a well-placed joke, but the label isn't shown, and the product isn't mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A secondary character is referred to as an alcoholic. He's seen drinking briefly from a flask and sipping from a bottle or two of fine wine, but he isn't shown drunk, nor does he really demonstrate alcoholism. He's also seen (nearly) lighting a cigarette.
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Parents need to know that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the sequel to the 2007's Ghost Rider and is based on a Marvel Comics character (albeit one who seems more on wreaking vengeance than assisting people in need). There's lots of strong, if mostly bloodless, fantasy violence; unlike the original movie, this one is in 3-D, which makes some of the action/violence even more intense. Characters burn and decay; a woman and a boy (about 13) are slapped around; there are fights, explosions, guns and shooting; and lots of stuff catches on fire. Ghost Rider's skull face is pretty creepy, too. Language is infrequent but includes one use of "f--k"; there's also some brief sexual innuendo and a quick reference to a minor character being an alcoholic (he's shown drinking but not drunk). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .
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Not a good movie, but teen marvel fans may enjoy, what's the story.
Previously, former stunt rider Johnny Blaze ( Nicolas Cage ) made a deal with the devil and became Ghost Rider, a fearsome ghoul who rides a blazing motorcycle and feeds on the souls of the wicked. Now, attempting to hide from the world, he receives an offer from a priest ( Idris Elba ). If Johnny can help rescue a mother ( Violante Placido ) and her son (Fergus Riordan), he can get his humanity back. But what Johnny doesn't know is that there's something special about the boy and that the ultimate evil on earth won't rest until he's captured. Can Johnny save the world -- and also himself?
Is It Any Good?
There's some gleefully twisted stuff here (for those who like that kind of thing). Johnny tries to fight off the transformation to Ghost Rider, speeding down the street, screaming and cackling with the effort; he also switches from a flaming motorcycle to an enormous flaming crane in one shot (apparently it doesn't matter what vehicle he rides). For this sequel, the Ghost Rider franchise changed directors; now we get the demented team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor , the boys behind Crank and Crank: High Voltage . The result is a slight improvement in style, but unfortunately, the movie still lags behind in the script and character departments.
The story -- loosely borrowed from Superman II -- is sluggish and uninspired, with several bald spots of logic, and it has a distasteful penchant for violence against women and kids. The cardboard characters never inspire any connection; Cage plays his character as a touch too crazy, though Placido is genuinely appealing.
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Families can talk about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 's fantasy violence . Was it gruesome or thrilling? How does the impact of this kind of mayhem compare to more realistic violence?
What kind of superhero is Ghost Rider? Is he a good guy -- a role model? How does he compare to other superheroes?
When Ghost Rider agrees to take back his powers to help others, is this an admirable act, or a selfish act? Or can it be both?
Why are so many action/superhero movies based on comic books? What's the appeal?
- In theaters : February 17, 2012
- On DVD or streaming : June 12, 2012
- Cast : Ciaran Hinds , Nicolas Cage , Violante Placido
- Directors : Brian Taylor , Mark Neveldine
- Studio : Columbia Pictures
- Genre : Action/Adventure
- Topics : Superheroes
- Run time : 95 minutes
- MPAA rating : PG-13
- MPAA explanation : intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
- Last updated : March 30, 2023
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The film opens with young Johnny Blaze (Matt Long) and his father Barton Blaze (Brett Cullen) jumping motorbikes through burning hoops at carnivals. To save his father from dying of lung cancer, Johnny signs his soul over to the devil, Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda), but Mephistopheles cheats Johnny when he causes Barton’s death in stunt that goes wrong. As a result, Johnny runs away leaving behind both his carnival life and adolescent sweetheart Roxanne Simpson (Raquel Alessi).
Years later, a much older Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage) is a superstar motorbike rider, cheating death at every corner. Roxanne (Eva Mendes), now a successful news reporter, turns up at one of Johnny’s performances asking for an interview which leads to a renewal of their relationship.
Four anti-heroes, called the Hidden, come to earth to recover a contract containing a list of a thousand souls promised to the devil. The Hidden are Blackheart (Wes Bentley), son of Mephistopheles, and three fallen angels. However, Blackheart has greater plans to take over the world. In an effort to stop his son, Mephistopheles gives Johnny the powers of the fabled Ghost Rider. These powers enable Johnny to transform into a fiery skull-faced supernatural bike-riding vigilante by night and return to his mortal self during daylight hours.
In exchange for hunting down and destroying Blackheart and his cohorts, Mephistopheles offers to give Johnny his soul back. With the help of the Caretaker (Sam Elliott), Ghost Rider tracks down and defeats each of the Hidden, but must face a final showdown.
Selling one’s soul to the devil; self-destructive behaviour
Ghost Rider contains superhero style violence, which is both intense and brutal. For example:
- Mephistopheles deliberately causes Johnny’s father to crash his bike, causing his death.
- Blackheart massacres a room full of people by sucking their life force from them. His victims transform into desiccated corpses at his touch.
- Ghost Rider races his bike up a city street, creating a force that causes a car to be thrown through a shop window and a motorcycle policeman to be thrown through the air.
- A mugger stabs Ghost Rider in the back with a knife. When Ghost Rider tells the mugger to ‘look into my eyes and feel the pain’, the mugger fails to the ground in a catatonic state with his eyes wide open and fiery.
- A demon wraps a chain around Ghost Rider’s neck and hangs him from a beam.
- A demon crashes a semi trailer head-on into the Ghost Rider, crushing him against the front of a stationary train.
- Ghost Rider transforms a length of chain into a burning whip, which he then lashes around the body of a demon, causing the demon to burn like molten lava and then turn to ash.
- A mugger experiences flashbacks of all of the violent crimes he has committed, including stabbings and shootings.
- Johnny is surrounded by many police officers with their guns pointed at him and is shot at close range.
- Johnny is punched and kicked to the ground by prison inmates. He transforms into the Ghost Rider, throwing the inmates off. The scene ends with Johnny walking from the cell with all but one of the inmates left lying unconscious on the floor.
- Ghost Rider uses a length of chain to lasso and then drag a helicopter down to a rooftop.
- Ghost Rider uses a burning chain to create a mini burning tornado, which sucks in one of the demons and incinerates it.
- Blackheart touches Roxanne on the face, causing her pain and black lines to form on her face.
- A demon pulls Ghost Rider into a lake and tries to drown him. Ghost Rider then attacks the demon, dissolving him into mist.
- In a violent and brutal fight between Blackheart and Ghost Rider, the two punch each other and throw each other around. At one stage, the Ghost Rider hurls flames at Blackheart’s face.
- Blackheart hurls Roxanne through the air to land unconscious on the ground.
- Blackheart tries to strangled Ghost Rider who then shoots Blackheart numerous times in the chest and face with a pump action shotgun. At one stage Blackheart's head is blown from his body.
- Ghost Rider uses his powers to explode Blackheart’s body, blowing his flesh over walls and the floor.
- Ghost Rider forces Blackheart to look into his eyes. Blackheart, who has now been consumed by a thousand evil souls, has to relive their previous crimes and, as a result, is left lying on the floor in a catatonic state.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including In one scene Blackheart kidnaps Roxanne, and infers with gesture and body language to Johnny that if he’s late Roxanne may be sexually molested.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
- Johnny’s father smokes cigarettes and coughs.
- Johnny’s father is seen asleep in a chair with a half-empty bottle of bourbon and a packet of cigarettes on a table beside him.
- Men sit around a table smoking cigarettes and drinking bottles of beer.
- Roxanne sits alone in a restaurant and seems to have consumed an entire bottle of red wine by herself. She appears somewhat drunk, a little unstable, and with slurred speech asks the waiter if he thinks she is pretty.
- The Caretaker chews tobacco and spits out tobacco juice.
Nudity and sexual activity
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
- In several scenes, women wear tight-fitting clothing with plunging necklines and cleavage.
- Johnny and Roxanne kiss passionately several times.
The ‘Easy Rider’ Harley Davidson motorbike is displayed prominently in this movie.
This movie contains some mild coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Ghost Rider is a supernatural, action film with superheros, and targets adolescents and younger adult males. The special effects are impressive and the film contains some quite witty humour, but some of the scary images and violence could disturb younger children.
The film portrays the message that good will triumph over evil and that living in fear is a very negative way to live your life. You might like to discuss with your children some of the values presented in the movie such as turning life’s negatives into positives, self-sacrifice, love, loyalty, friendship and endurance through adversity.
You could also discuss the consequences of Johnny’s behaviour, such as the way he rides his motorbike recklessly to impress his girlfriend, and how this kind of behaviour could have lead to serious consequences for himself and those he loves. You could also discuss the real-life consequences of drinking alcohol to drown one's sorrows. You might also like to talk with older adolescents about the concept of selling your soul and whether this is OK if you do it for the right reasons.
Why ghost rider's reviews are so bad.
Ghost Rider is a 2007 Marvel movie made by a life-long fan of the comic books, so why was Nicolas Cage's Johnny Blaze so universally hated?
Despite being an overall box office success, the 2007 Marvel movie Ghost Rider received negative reviews from both critics and audiences alike. Starring Nicolas Cage as the titular Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider was Sony Pictures' attempt to capitalize on their Spider-Man success with another Marvel character; in this case, the Ghost Rider, a character who sold his soul to the Devil in the comics.
The story of Ghost Rider follows famous stunt motorcycle rider, Johnny Blaze , who, as a child, sold his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for curing his father’s cancer. When the demon collects on their bargain, he makes Johnny the new Ghost Rider , Mephistopheles’ flaming, demonic bounty hunter inhabited by the Spirit of Vengeance.
Related: Is Ghost Rider Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Unfortunately, while the comics are extremely dark, the movie adaptation of Ghost Rider took a decidedly more campy approach, which didn’t land well with most reviewers. The film currently holds a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, but has a 5.2/10 on IMDB and a 90% approval rating on Google reviews. So, why does the film have such a bad reputation? When the first Ghost Rider movie was released in 2007, fans were excited to see an on-screen adaptation of the Spirit of Vengeance in all his fiery glory, but taking a non-comic-accurate approach soured fans as well as critics who were accustomed to stronger comic book movies like X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman Begins.
New York Times :
“With its sequel-ready resolution, Ghost Rider embodies franchise hopes that may be dashed by a central character who’s more funny than frightening. As for Mr. Cage, the only thing he should be firing is his manager.”
Los Angeles Times :
“It's entertaining to watch ol' hothead do his thing with his fiery chain and his ‘penance stare,’ but for a comic book with a rebel spirit, the adaptation feels obediently conventional.”
Chicago Tribune :
“If [the effects] are all you care about, it won't matter that the rest of the movie is little more than a series of poses and really terrible dialogue. Nicolas Cage tones himself down considerably to play Johnny Blaze, a man who sells his soul to the Devil and must act as Hell's own bounty hunter in return. But for once, you wish he'd crank it up. It would at least give the exposition scenes some life.”
While most critics panned Ghost Rider , calling it schlocky, poorly written, and unsatisfying - ultimately failing to put together a cohesive story that delivered on both being an action and comic book film - there were those who appreciated it’s cheesy approach to the brooding superhero. Critics praised the special effects, largely done with CGI, and some seemed more understanding of what director Mark Steven Johnson was trying to deliver.
“For a movie made by a lifelong fan, it all seems a little impersonal at first, but soon it becomes clear Johnson has unapologetically set out to make a loud, living comic book, set in a world where lovers meet by a big oak tree and people say things like, “I’m going to go where the road takes me,” with a straight face. While the end product may not be to everyone’s taste, you can’t say that he hasn’t hit what he was aiming at.”
“2007's film adaptation of the Ghost Rider was a fun, over-the-top take on the books, and Nicolas Cage delivered exactly that type of performance. Was it cheesy? Sometimes. But it was just what was required from him.”
In the modern day, more than a decade after Ghost Rider released in theaters, more and more fans are reclaiming the movie. Time has given viewers a greater appreciation for the sheer ridiculousness of Nicolas Cage’s performance and the totally over-the-top cheesy dialogue. Despite some obvious problems in the writing and pacing of the movie and a villain that’s arguably one of Marvel’s least effective , Ghost Rider achieved what it set out to do, and if viewers are in the mood for some schlocky fun, it more than delivers. Plus, it was successful enough to spawn a sequel.
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Gross: $698 m
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Gross: $711 m
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1. Ghost Rider (2007)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
When motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life, he is transformed into the Ghost Rider, the Devil's own bounty hunter, and is sent to hunt down sinners.
Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Nicolas Cage , Eva Mendes , Sam Elliott , Matt Long
Votes: 247,800 | Gross: $115.80M
2. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Johnny Blaze, tortured by the Ghost Rider's curse, gets a chance of redemption through protecting the Devil's son, whose father is pursuing him.
Directors: Mark Neveldine , Brian Taylor | Stars: Nicolas Cage , Ciarán Hinds , Idris Elba , Violante Placido
Votes: 124,190 | Gross: $51.77M
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
2011, Action/Fantasy, 1h 36m
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With a weak script, uneven CG work, and a Nic Cage performance so predictably loony it's no longer amusing, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance aims to be trashy fun but ends up as plain trash. Read critic reviews
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Now hiding out in Eastern Europe, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is still struggling with the curse of the Ghost Rider -- the devil's bounty hunter. Johnny meets a priest named Moreau (Idris Elba), who asks Johnny to find a boy named Danny (Fergus Riordan) and bring him back. But there's a catch -- Satan (Ciarán Hinds) is looking for the boy too, and has a personal stake in the matter. But if Johnny can find Danny first and save the boy's soul, there's a chance Johnny can save his own soul as well.
Rating: PG-13 (Intense Sequences of Violence|Intense Sequences of Action|Language|Some Disturbing Images)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Original Language: English
Director: Mark Neveldine , Brian Taylor
Producer: Steven Paul , Ashok Amritraj , Michael De Luca , Avi Arad
Writer: Scott M. Gimple , Seth Hoffman , David S. Goyer
Release Date (Theaters): Feb 17, 2012 wide
Release Date (Streaming): Jun 12, 2012
Box Office (Gross USA): $51.8M
Runtime: 1h 36m
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Production Co: Columbia Pictures, Crystal Sky, Hyde Park Entertainment
Sound Mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital, Datasat
Cast & Crew
Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider
Ionut Cristian Lefter
Young Johnny Blaze
Scott M. Gimple
David S. Goyer
Michael De Luca
E. Bennett Walsh
Mark Steven Johnson
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Audience reviews for ghost rider: spirit of vengeance.
Like the first one it is extremely dumb but that bothers me less this time. That is probably because the movie is trimmed of any superfluous narrative. Also the digital cinematography is genuinely impressive.
So hilariously bad, it's definitely worth watching. What's weird though is that from watching this film, it really felt like it was trying to do Mad Max Fury Road 3 years before it came out...it just did a really, really bad job of it.
Even though this film was intentionally suppose to be mindlessly entertaining, it is misguided in its attempt. There is some good action and some over-the-top Nicolas Cage but there is piss poor character development, storytelling and handling of villain(s). You don't have to dumb down a film completely for it to be entertaining and you piss off comic book fans as a result because of this film existing. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance might entertain you if you're high or drunk but if you want good entertainment go watch The Avengers instead.
One star seems generous... What a waste.
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