Rating Explanation: for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: This frantic sequel is both relentlessly chaotic and mind-numbingly boring.
Nicolas Cage ... Johnny Blaze
Violante Placido ... Nadya
Ciarán Hinds ... Roarke
Idris Elba ... Moreau
Johnny Whitworth ... Ray Carrigan
Fergus Riordan ... Danny
Spencer Wilding ... Grannik
Sorin Tofan ... Kurdish
Jacek Koman ... Terrokov
Anthony Head ... Benedict
Cristian Iacob ... Vasil
Christopher Lambert ... Methodius
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
In this frantic sequel, Nicolas Cage is back as the cursed ex-stunt rider Johnny Blaze, whose Faustian pact with the Devil has transformed him into a soul-sucking demon known as the Ghost Rider. Unable to live with his demonic alter ego, he has withdrawn from the world, but when biker monk Moreau (Idris Elba) begs him to save a very special young boy from the Devil himself (Ciarán Hinds), the tortured Johnny put on his leathers and fires up his trust cycle.
Co-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank") have a hyper-kinetic visual style that works best during the repeated fights between Ghost Rider and Satan's flaxen-haired albino henchman Blackout (Johnny Whitworth). The directing pair also make good use of their Romanian and Turkish locations while exploring the origin's of Johnny's demonic persona, a fallen angel whose spirit of justice was corrupted. On the other hand, a striking cameo by "Highlander" star Christopher Lambert, as the scarily tattooed monk Methodius, reminds us that supernatural fantasy movies often work best when the film-maker's sense of irony is not quite so obvious.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is both relentlessly chaotic and mind-numbingly boring and not nearly as funny nor a fierce as it should be.