Despite early reviews indicating that directing duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor haven’t made the most inspired of comic book movies with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, no one denies the pair’s sheer gusto when it comes to using guerrilla filmmaking tactics, and their willingness to do severe bodily harm to themselves (and their crew), all in the name of creating some breathtakingly in-your-face camera angles and shots.
Footage of the pair’s “extreme” approach to the art of cinema was shown off last year, at the 2011 New York Comic-Con. Today, we have a featurette that includes much of that behind-the-scenes material, with Neveldine and Taylor hanging on wires, rollerblading while hanging onto motorcycles moving at full speed, and literally putting themselves in the line of fire as they shoot the Ghost Rider sequel.
Spirit of Vengeance picks up with Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) in Romania where he’s been hiding out for several years, desperate to rid himself of the Ghost Rider “curse.” A chance to do just that presents itself when a warrior monk (Idris Elba) approaches Johnny with a pretty straightforward job: protect a young boy named Danny Ketch (Fergus Riordan) from becoming the new human vessel for the Devil (Ciarán Hinds).
Judging by preliminary word of mouth and previous Spirit of Vengeance trailers, this particular comic book flick is foremost an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that delivers big on the gritty action and destructive set pieces – but falls short when it comes to a storyline that doesn’t merely rehash superhero movie clichés in a tedious fashion. Not that this will be a problem for the film’s primary young male demographic; still, everyone else should just hope that there’s more to the Spirit of Vengeance plot than what’s been hinted at so far.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance rides into 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on February 17th, 2012.
Source: First Look Online