There was one thing I liked about the first “Ghost Rider”: Nicolas Cage. Seriously. How many actors would have portrayed Johnny Blaze as a brooding whiny emo kid? Most of them. Cage turned him into a jelly-bean munching man-child, and it was great.
Similarly, I’m a big fan of Neveldine/Taylor. “Crank” is a perfect stupid action movie while simultaneously a send-up of stupid action movies, and “Gamer” is actually a shockingly good meditation on how anonymity can be a destructive and warping force. Yes, they made an action movie about Internet trolls, and it’s actually kind of awesome. OK, “Crank 2″ sucks, but hell, you can’t win them all.
Anyway, from the sound of things, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” is utterly insane. Ghost Rider vomits fire on people. There are motorcycle fights that don’t have Ghost Rider one-punching a CGI effect. There are mooks shooting inside Ghost Rider’s skull. The Penance Stare is completely revamped. His jacket is now bubbling tar over his fiery torso.
In short, this movie sounds like, well, a Neveldine/Taylor production. February can’t come soon enough.
[ via the Spirits of Mediation and Calm Discussion at io9 ]