Saturday, February 18, 2012
Ghost Rider: Spirits of Vengeance
Idris Elba is very good in the new Ghost Rider film. Elba's the only good thing about it.
I didn't hate "Ghost Rider." And I was really hopeful about "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" was going to be an even better movie. I like Nick Cage. "Trespass" was little more than "Panic Room" without the characters making it into the "Panic Room" but I saw it for Cage and Nicole Kidman and I enjoyed it.
A child is in trboule. Some little boy that Satan wants. So Elba has to get Ghost Rider (Cage) to save the boy. I didn't care about Danny (the 10-year-old boy) and honestly felt like I was watching a rip-off of "Elektra." In fact, I'd rather watch that movie because I actually like it.
Satan's the villain but not played by Al Pacino. If they'd gone all "Devil's Advocate," it might have worked. Instead, Satan's like Jack Nicholson's comic devil in "Witches of Eastwick." Remember when Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and bug-eyed Susan Sarandon turn on Jack? And he uses his powers to cause havoc for them? And makes bug-eyed age? Well this new filmhas Satan calling Danny and while they're on the phone starts to turn into a devil.
Over and over, it was as if I was watching a mish-mash of scenes from multiple other films.
By the end, I was not just indifferent to what was on the big screen, I was wishing I had seen "This Is War" instead.
At one point, Ghost Rider is explaining what he does and how he goes after villains "and I suck out their souls" -- that's what watching the film was like, having your soul sucked out of your body.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"