Box art for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

action & adventure, thrillers

Johnny Blaze, aka Ghost Rider, is now hiding out in remote Eastern Europe, struggling to repress his curse.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Crazy, violent, dumb action sequel quickly burns out.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the sequel to the 2007's Ghost Rider and is based on a Marvel Comics character (albeit one who seems more on wreaking vengeance than assisting people in need). There's lots of strong, if mostly bloodless, fantasy violence; unlike the original movie, this one is in 3-D, which makes some of the action/violence even more intense. Characters burn and decay; a woman and a boy (about 13) are slapped around; there are fights, explosions, guns and shooting; and lots of stuff catches on fire. Ghost Rider's skull face is pretty creepy, too. Language is infrequent but includes one use of "f--k"; there's also some brief sexual innuendo and a quick reference to a minor character being an alcoholic (he's shown drinking but not drunk).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance's fantasy violence. Was it gruesome or thrilling? How does the impact of this kind of mayhem compare to more realistic violence?
  • What kind of superhero is Ghost Rider? Is he a good guy -- a role model? How does he compare to other superheroes?
  • When Ghost Rider agrees to take back his powers to help others, is this an admirable act, or a selfish act? Or can it be both?
  • Why are so many action/superhero movies based on comic books? What's the appeal?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ciarn Hinds, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, Christopher Lambert, Fergus Riordan, Idris Elba Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor Summary: When the devil resurfaces with aims to take over the world in human form, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) reluctantly comes out of hiding to transform into the flame-spewing supernatural hero Ghost Rider -- and rescue a 10-year-old boy from an unsavory end. My Thoughts: "I enjoyed the first movie, this was beyond ridiculous. I think Nicolas Cage over did his character. In the first film he was quirky, weird, and kinda charming. In this one he is still weird, but not in a good way, and him as the Ghost just seemed very cartoony. I couldn't bring myself to like it. I wanted too. Plus Johnny Wright as Ray was annoying and so unbelievable as the bad guy. I cannot count how many times I rolled my eyes during this film. The story-line needs improvement. The idea isn't bad but the outcome is. It's like they put zero money into this film. It seems it was merely made to cash in on the success of the first film. It's a shame. I was looking forward to this movie. A huge disappointment."

- LWOODS04, Thursday, June 21, 2012

2 stars

I really disliked "Ghost Rider", so when the sequel came out, I was like "who cares?" But being the movie nut I am, I decided to give it a chance(it was free, so why not?). First thing's first, this isn't really a sequel. It's more of a revision, new take, redo, I dunno what you would call it, but the only thing this and the first one have in common is Nicolas Cage. Cage is back as Johnny Blaze, a stunt driver who made a deal with the devil and became the Ghost Rider. In this movie, he is on a mission to save a boy, who may or may not be the son of the devil, while trying to get rid of his curse. The story is still weak, the acting is horrible, but the effects in this one are good. The Rider looks amazing, not cheesy like the first movie, but actually very bad ass. The villains are over the top, but don't come off like some video game knock off, they seem to fit in this world better. The direction of the movie is pretty bad. Shot with weird angles, and way too much bad music playing throughout, it kind of gets annoying, but its bearable. While not a good movie, it's much better than the first, and should make fans of Ghost Rider happy. Probably won't watch again, but to me, it was worth a watch. Probably not for everyone, but it could surprise ya.

- fb100000145236770, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2 stars

A Marvel film far under the average. Not a great sequel!!! I was real excited about a sequel to Ghost Rider. I liked the first one. I was very disappointed. Everything is horrible about this movie. The plot, the writing, the acting, and especially the special effects. In the first move, the flaming skull was sharp, the bike was great, the riders expressions were great. In this movie, the flaming bike looked broken down, the skull wasn't sharp, and the jacket charred. The chain never lit up on fire either. And the penance stare was different. He didn't say look into my eyes or anything. Not to mention again that the writing and the plot were garbage. In Eastern Europe, a commando led by Ray Carrigan attacks a fortress protected by monks to abduct the boy Danny. However his mother Nadya rescues him while the priest Moreau protects them riding his motorcycle and they escape. Moreau seeks out Johnny Blaze and offers to set him free of his Ghost Rider curse provided he protects Danny from Roarke, with whom Johnny made a deal years ago to save his father. Meanwhile Ray subdues Nadya, but the Ghost Rider finds them and fights against Ray's gang. However, Ray uses a powerful weapon against the Ghost Rider and succeeds in abducting Danny. When Johnny Blaze awakes in the hospital, he joins to Nadya and Moreau to save Danny from Roarke and Ray.

- MANUGINO, Sunday, July 1, 2012