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Movie Review: "Ghost Rider 2"

"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" (Sony Pictures)

Poor Nicolas Cage, his career just keeps on going downhill. At least in the past when he made B action movies he would intersperse them with something worthwhile. Now it seems he just makes one bad movie after another. ìGhost Rider: Spirit of Vengeanceî is in keeping with that tradition. The original movie in this series was bad but this sequel is worse. Where is Eva Mendes when you need her?

As we know from the first film, and it is repeated here, Johnny Blaze (Cage) made a deal with the devil in order to try to save his father. Now he is human at some times and a demon at others. When he is in his demonic state he is all afire and skeletal. Not a pretty sight to see.

Now it seems that the devil had a son with a woman named Nadya (Violante Placido). His name is Danny (Fergus Riordan) and he is now thirteen years old. At the bequest of a man named Moreau (Idris Elba), Johnny agrees to help find and protect this Danny. Moreau says he will free him of his demon if he does.

The rest of the movie concerns Johnnyís efforts to protect Danny and also to confront the devil (Ciaran Hinds), or Roarke as he calls himself in this movie. This leads to some fairly good action sequences but not good enough to make the movie entertaining or enjoyable.

Cage, Hinds and Elba are all too good to be in a movie like this. They are slumming big time as they play these roles. Cage goes all crazy on us in his role, Hinds plays his tongue in cheek, and Elba plays his straight. Three actors in movie hell and these are the choices they make.

The special effects are fairly good and it is exciting to see a skeleton on a motorbike burning up the highway literally. You also get some other gory effects with a character who can cause anything and everything to decay and rot. He is called Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth).

The movie is rated PG-13 for profanity and violence.

Hopefully this is the end of this series. I wouldnít want Cage to have to betray his talent in another ìGhost Riderî film. Better he go make ìNational Treasure 15î or something like that. Or maybe go way back and revisit his ìMoonstruckî character.

"Ghost Rider" is a movie that might appeal to fans of the comic book, but all others will want to sit this one out.

I scored "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" an ungodly 4 out of 10.

Photo courtesy of: Sony Pictures

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