A collection of movie bloggers and cinephiles have gotten the first look at the Marvel Knight comic book sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - and, judging by their responses, the preliminary consensus is not good.
Today, we have the full-length Spirit of Vengeance trailer available for viewing - and while it seems to confirm one of the recurring criticisms so far (namely, that the film's story is kind of boring and predictable) there's plenty of high-octane action, explosions, and sick CGI supernatural effects to at least make this theatrical promo an entertaining watch.
Spirit of Vengeance catches up with biker/demonic warrior Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) as he leads a loner's life in the remote regions of Eastern Europe, unable to control his deadly curse as the devil's bounty hunter. However, a chance at redemption presents itself when a monk named Moreau (Idris Elba) recruits Johnny, in order to save a young boy named Danny (Fergus Riordan) from becoming the new human form for the Lord of Darkness (Ciarán Hinds).
Though he is reluctant to fully embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, Johnny agrees and eventually finds (you know what's coming)... the strength to become a true hero.
Check out the full-length Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance trailer below:
Both this new theatrical promo and the Spirit of Vengeance teaser trailer play up the film's messy visual style, unpolished and gritty approach to shooting action, and overall more darkly serious tone. That approach is more effective here, in part because of the nonstop explosive fighting, high-speed chase sequences, and destructive violence perpetuated by the Ghost Rider - and, of course, the absence of the "pissing fire" gag that concluded the film's teaser.
However, what brief bits of plot material and dialogue featured in this new Spirit of Vengeance trailer seem pretty by-the-numbers and uninspired, at best. That's all the more disappointing, given that the film's cast includes dramatic heavy-weights like Elba and Hinds and Cage is still capable of delivering a solid performance - when he's not just phoning it in or going over-the-top, that is.
Still, even if Spirit of Vengeance writers Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead), Seth Hoffman (Prison Break) and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) have failed to pound out a decent screenplay, at least the film looks to deliver some solid mindless action. Then again, considering the movie is being directed by Crank series helmers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, that was never really in question, was it?
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will be released in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on February 17th, 2012.
Source: Yahoo! Movies