Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, with Nicolas Cage, Violante Placido, Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba, Johnny Whitworth & Mark Steven Johnson (Director). I’m going to stay on the fence with this & state right now that this was a good romp. I wasn’t expecting too many surprises & didn’t get any with this film. However; I have to raise a glass to Cage for his perseverance, in his obvious attempt to be identified as the Ghost Rider.
I know, I’ve been a bit hard on Cage in my reviews but really – he does actually know what he’s doing. When it comes down to brass tacks, that’s all that really counts. One of the basic things, anyway. Cage emotes wonderfully, the despairing burdens of channeling the demon Ghost Rider.
Again, Ciaran Hinds, ever the most excellent of supporting actors, exceeds in his task. In this case, as the devil, pursuing a dream of adequate incarnation in the world of mortals. He always pleases & it’s good to see mature actors able to show off their stuff, in big budget (in this case a reported USD75,000,000.) movies. He equals Cage in talent, if not popularity. I like his face. Steadfast is my label for him.
The setting is Eastern Europe & Turkey. Ghost Rider is found to be hiding away, indulging in his multiple miseries in Europe & is tasked with finding & helping a Gypsy boy who was conceived by the devil previously in another deal/contract with the mother. Look for the minor plot line favoring commiseration between the deal recipients: Cage & Placido.
Violante Placido is a pretty woman (for an Italian) & if she actually has any ability the film really doesn’t allow that to be showcased. She’s fluff, the “hard gal” just trying to get along. I suspect there’s something underneath those heavily made-up eyes. I’m willing to bet she can even act.
The standout supporting gift in this dizzying spectacle is Idris Elba (Heimdall, in Thor). Someone that shines out, saving the quiet moments from being yawning interludes. Handsome, as everyone in this film, he brings that little extra something making this film worth the watch. I like him, keep looking for his movies.
All in all, I would suggest picking this film up for a look see. It’s not bad. That’s all we can ask for at times, isn’t it.
Not every week gives us something noteworthy & there’s nothing wrong with settling for less. The sun will rise another day.
I recommend the film. Never miss a Cage movie.