After the events of the first film, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is hiding out in Eastern Europe. However, he's brought out of hiding from an old friend named Moreau (Idris Elba), who offers him a job to save this boy (Fergus Riordan) from the Devil that's trying to use him as an earth form. Blaze soon accepts the mission, and he teams up with Morceau and the boy's mother (Violante Placido) to follow through. Unfortunately, they're being pursued by Ray Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth), a mercenary ordered by the Devil to bring the boy to the proper venue of the ritual. And if that's not enough going on, Blaze finds out that there's a chance he can rid himself of his curse if he completes the mission. You know, a comic book movie like this shouldn't have that much going on. Instead that amount of subplots belong in a hyperlink cinema movie.
The slightest reason I had any interest in the film was that the Crank guys Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were directing it. The duo have a frenetic style that speeds up the pacing of their films to a very fast degree, and most of that's due to the rapid fire editing and tight, sometimes even renegade camera angles. Usually when there's a chase in their films, one of them will strap on rollerblades to film the scene at a high speed. Additionally, their films feature many instances of over-the-top, weird moments that will either make you laugh or roll your eyes. If you're a fan of this duo's directing style like me, then you'll easily be able to point out their directing perks throughout. However besides some decent action sequences, the film's PG-13 rating severely limits them of their famous tactics, and all that they really get to work with are their swift filming techniques, which compared to their past films is a massive disappointment.
I have seen only ten minutes of the first Ghost Rider, but if I someday finally manned up and watched it, I would still think that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is the superior film. However, that really does not say much at all due to the endless amount of problems this entry has. Despite the huge amount of problems I had with it, Nicolas Cage's over-the-top acting and the slick direction by the Neveldine/Taylor duo save it from being even worse than the first film. This is not a comic book movie that you need to rush out to see in theaters, as instead it's one that you just wait to premiere on a premium network so you save some money.
Final Grade: C-
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