Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

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Disclaimer: This is in no way a legit review of this movie. I flew into Toronto the day I saw this on an hour of sleep, and about five beer. I passed out for 45 minutes, got myself together and got into the movie a little bit, and then when there were about 20 minutes left, someone in the front row had a seizure and the theatre had to be evacuated.

Here is what I can tell you about this movie:

1. Nicolas Cage resumes his role as Johnny Blaze and plays it exactly as you think he would. In the scenes where he was Ghost Rider, he apparently painted his face like a skull to stay in character. Furthermore, he carried “bits of Egyptian artifacts from a pyramid” and “some rocks… that had a frequency in the new age community.” Nicolas Cage is amazing.

2. Johnny Blaze is offered the chance to lose his flaming alter-ego if he protects some kid with a faux-Eva Mendes mom. Apparently, this kid is going to be turned into the devil or something. I have no idea what happened here, only that there was a lot of motorcycle riding and kind of a desert temple.

3. Idris Elba (Stringer Bell) is along for the ride as some sort of priest who helps Ghost Rider maybe save the day. I’m saying maybe because I have no idea how this ends.

4. Nicolas Cage does indeed pee fire. This I can verify because when I woke up, it was happening.

I do intend to eventually give this a re-watch, but the thought actually doing it is kind of daunting. There were some of cool visuals in the scenes I was awake for, but also a lot of heavy dialogue, bad acting, and terrible effects. Hopefully, the only reason I passed out was due to lack of sleep and not because this was so awful my brain pre-emptively shut down to avoid disappointment.

IMPORTANT CASTING ALERT: The villain is played by AJ from Empire Records.

Johnny Whitworth

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