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

  • Critic Score
    18%
  • Audience Score
    32%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
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 one..it 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

0 star

Nicolas Cage must have some big balls to return to this franchise. After the appalling reaction to the first film this series should have died immediately. Well Cage is back and he promised us a little something extra. What we got was a lot worse. We have a plot of no real significance, where the devil is trying to kidnap a boy so he can take his body. Ghost Rider tries to stop it. This films biggest crime is being insanely boring. Cage showed us how to have stupid violent fun with Drive Angry, so why can't he do this correctly? It's set in 'Eastern Europe', a place with no discernible landmarks or colour. It's like the old quarry sets from Doctor Who. Everything is just dusty and gray. Nothing else happens. We have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd act fight scene, which are all the same. The actors are barely that, with only Elba giving it a shot. Cage just comes off as confused. It's like he saw that 'Nic Cage Loses His Shit' internet video and wanted to create more material for it. I think they tried to develop a caring relationship between him and a child, but what the hell is this? ET? The direction is also piss-poor. Neveldine and Taylor may be able to create weird and exciting visuals for things like Crank, but this needs some focus. A few monologues suggest that it wants to be a comedy but the jokes fall flat. I've already forgotten this film and I finished watching it 10 minutes ago.

- kiriyamakazou, Tuesday, July 17, 2012