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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

Directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

Starring Nicolas Cage and Idris Elba

 

After the first outing Johnny Blaze is now hiding out in Eastern Europe trying to withhold the inner evil that possesses him. However when the Devil arrives on earth trying to take over a new human host the Ghost Rider is called upon to stop him.

If I’m honest, and I don’t think many people will disagree with me, the first Ghost Rider film wasn’t the best; it lacked the punch and coolness you get from a superhero film. And unfortunately this second incarnation of the film is the same. It tries to be cool and stylish but it fails to deliver, the 3d doesn’t impress and nor does the story.

I am a fan of Nicolas Cage but his acting in this fails to impress. If you haven’t seen the first one it will make no difference by just watching this. However I would recommend giving this a miss as it is not worth watching and at time ventured on boring.

Film Fact

Jerry Springer flashes up in an image during the film when they are talking about different incarnations of the devil

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Bad Lieutenant (2009)

Bad Lieutenant (2009)

Directed by Werner Herzog

Starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes

 

 

A policeman is trying to capture a gang for the murders of five immigrants and will do anything that is necessary to do so while battling his own problems with drugs and gambling.

The film is supposed to be a black comedy however there aren’t they many comedic moments in the film. What is good about this film is the darkness that Nicolas cage brings to the character. He cares for his prostitute girlfriend and ex-cop father but at the same time is willing to take things too far to get the job done; Siding with the bad guys or in one sick scene where he cuts off an old ladies air supply just to get some answers. What seem a bit strange during the film are the weird camera shots next to animals. I can understand that they were to symbolise hallucinations of Cage’s character on drugs however they just seemed a bit out of place, like they were trying to be a bit wacky like a Coen brother’s film.

Honourable mention goes to Eva Mendes for, as usual, looking amazing in a film.

Nicolas Cage performs like he usually does however a bit crazier than normal. The film was enjoyable but not one i would probably watch again.

 

 

Film Fact

Nicolas Cage claims that he was never under the influence of anything throughout filming, in contrast to Leaving Las Vegas in which he got genuinely drunk to play an alcoholic.

 

Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)

Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)

Directed by Dominic Sena

Starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie and Giovanni Ribisi

 

 

A retired car thief has to return to what he does best to help out his little brother who has got into some trouble.

What’s not to enjoy about this film, apart from Jolie’s choice of hair style. You have lots of action, fast cars and Vinnie Jones not talking (until the end) mixed in with some humour.

Based on the original from 1974 this film just brings a bit of fun to the screen for people to enjoy. It was never made to win awards; you just watch it for what it is. Now i agree that sometimes Mr Cage isn’t always the best actor however i do enjoy the action films he stars in like The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off and Gone In 60 Seconds follows in the same mould.

I am also a big fan of Timothy Olyphant in anything he stars in.

If you haven’t seen this then you should. If you have I’m sure you are the same as me and can easily have this film on in the background while doing other bits and pieces.

 

Film Fact

After some disagreements with the director about the re-writing process, Scott Rosenberg left the project. The writers Jonathan Hensleigh and J.J. Abrams came in and did un-credited re-writes on the script.