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Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures' and Hyde Park Entertainment's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. In the successor to the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Johnny still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil. At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

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Nicolas CageJohnny Blaze/Ghost Rider
Violante PlacidoNadya
Ciaran HindsRoarke
Idris ElbaMoreau
Johnny WhitworthRay Carrigan
Fergus RiordanDanny
Spencer WildingGrannik
Sorin TofanKurdish
Jacek KomanTerrokov
Anthony HeadBenedict
Cristian IacobVasil
Christopher LambertMethodius
Jai StefanKrakchev
Vincent ReganToma Nikasevic
Ionut Cristian LefterYoung Johnny Blaze
Will AshcroftGrey Suited Man
Sabina BranduseNurse
Tobias ÖjerfalkDude (Forest)
Adina GalupaGirl (Forest)
Alin PancEMT Worker

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The worst thing about being a fan of Nic Cage is having to actually watch him act. In films. Starring Nic Cage.

People that claim Cage has never given a good performance nor been in a good film are wrong, especially recently: excellent performances are not limited to the completely left-field, tear-broking and everyone's favourite father in Kick Ass; modern day and entirely not Italian but still Don of gangware Lord of War's Lord of War; melancholic and entirely worthless husband but still relateable weatherman in Weatherman and who-knows-what-you-could-call-him insane script-writer in Adaptation, pseudo-sequel to the equally as bizarre Being John Malkavich. The trick to these roles is that they are just that: roles. Nothing there is alike, in any way; they uncover characteristics you couldn't even begin to associate with Nic Cage and he's rewarded with new found respect each time. And then, sadly, he chooses to play himself for the consecutive eighteen films and you either i) forget he exists, or ii) remember he's completely insane and sidestep every Nic Cage adventure to the best of your ability, even when all of your friends reckon Season of the Witch looks like a great romp to watch on their birthday, when you've already blacklisted it purely on the basis it stars a combination of Stephen Graham in a film with Americans and Ron Perlman without horns.

I do this quite well, I'd say, though I hear once in a while Nic Cage in Nic Cage: The Movie actually a lot better than had been expected, and is worth checking out. Then I find out the film is called Drive Angry as opposed to Drive Angrily and think again. The problem with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is I have to watch it. It is compulsory for a number of reasons. For starters, I'm a comic-book film junkie and I'm that person single-handedly funding the over-saturation of superhero films, and am content knowing I saw The Spirit at the cinema and proudly own it on blu-ray. Another is that I somehow managed to enjoy the first one (probably when I was twelve or something) and I'm excited to see where it goes now. Add to that that I will always have a soft-spot for Cage and optimism that the next film might be another gem. The main reason, though, is Crank is AWESOME. But then I actually watched Spirit of Vengeance and I'm suddenly thankful that plans fell through and Nic Cage is not Aragorn, and Mickey Rourke turned out to be The Wrestler; and that being wary of anything Nic Cage might star in is entirely justified.

You might think from those last few lines that I wasn't a fan of the 2011 sequel, but the honest truth is two days after watching the film I still have no idea whether or not I liked it. Despite being of the Marvel Knights family – reserved for the more mature Marvel Studio outputs – it's childishly stupid at points, and from the get-go I know Idris Elba is going to be my favourite character despite his hilariously bad role. It's hard to comment on Cage's performance in a negative tone when besides the aforementioned Elba, it's probably the worst accumulated cast seen since The Room and the child who seemed oddly to be avoiding as much dialogue as possible gives a standout performance, but it's almost like the film is self-aware of how bad it is. Part way through the film when Cage has finally welcomed the demon inside of him out, he's in a half-way position between Rider and Blaze, riding down the street on his signature bike, manically laughing. It lasts a few minutes purely of Cage giving his best impressions of the actors in Stroke Awareness TV ads while the Ghost attempts to physically break out of his face. It's like a montage acknowledging itself and how bad it really is. Another signature moment is near the start at the Ghost Rider's first appearance, where he longingly stares at one thug, leaning in for a moment of intimacy you'd expect from a film on the calibre of Love Actually but seems to last twice as long. The King of Freak Out peaks, though, when he throws one thug against the wall in interrogation, but purely uses acting skills to shit the information out of him.

When I asked a colleague her opinion of the film, she told me she couldn't understand the camera angles and the plot wasn't good enough to carry it. She's right: the plot isn't good at all, and all I remember from it pretty much is that it involves the son of Satan. I have no idea why or what importance he holds. I do know Idris Elba was French and drank wine in every scene, though. Her other criticism was one of my favourite aspects of the film though – the camera work. It's possible I knew what to expect following Crank, but the team of Neveldine/Taylor come out with the most exciting, quirky style that just makes the film a joy to watch. Statham embodied it in Crank with his ruthless energy, but even more it's Cage's craziness that really grasps the style by the balls and runs away giggling (literally, most of the time). The film isn't strong by a long-shot with dreadful genuine acting from the rest of the cast, a flimsy plot and generally hardly anything worth the investment, but I had a thrill through most of it, and I have no idea why. Probably Nic Cage.

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