Just like in the second Superman and Spider-Man films, the second Ghost Rider film has our hero not wanting his powers anymore! Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a psychedelic, fast-paced superhero adventure that’s much better than its predecessor.
Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, and the Ghost Rider himself looks amazing in Spirit of Vengeance, definitely a huge improvement over what you saw in the previous film. Now his movements feel more natural, and his skull looks way grittier and scarier. His flaming bike is awesome as always, although it’s a shame that he never does anything interesting with it. However, that’s made up for by the gigantic crane stunt that you already caught a glimpse of in the movie trailer.
The protagonist side of the cast is quite good, but the villains are laughable when they are trying to be scary. Thankfully, this sequel is aware that it isn’t meant to win Oscars, and it doesn’t try to. Spirit of Vengeance is from the duo who directed Crank, and you can certainly sense their Crank-ish style here. Action scenes are suitably frantic, with guns going off and cars crashing everywhere. It’s like a live-action video game, and whether critics like it or not, there will always be an audience for this exploitation.
This B-grade superhero flick is entertaining enough for those who just want to see the childishly awesome Ghost Rider battling bad guys. This comic book fan approves of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.