Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance
Uber monks, devils and Cage still don't impress.
No-one in the entirety of Hollywood is more suited to play a mentally unstable daredevil with a flaming-skulled harbinger of doom alter-ego, than Nicholas Cage. Shifting effortlessly between barely contained mental stability and open insanity, he is an unpredictable powder keg of emotion. When given full reign to express his repertoire of gurning and rather impressive screech-laugh, Cage is a wonder to behold.
Which is just as well, because the rest of the film is a baffling mess of senseless setups, bizarre characters and plot points, and unremarkable action set pieces; all of which is punctuated by some very odd animated exposition and voiceover. As Jonny Blaze/Ghost Rider (Cage) attempts to stop the devil taking human form and doing all sorts of weird and all-too-familiar things, the only improvement on the underrated first Ghost Rider film is the welcome appearance of Christopher Lambert (Highlander) as a tattooed uber-monk.
That said, Cage does urinate fire.
Words by Ali Bianchi
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