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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

Movie review by David Blackwell
95 minutes, rated PG-13
STUDIO:  Columbia Pictures, Hyde Park Entertainment, Imagenation Abu Dhabi, Marvel Knights
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  2-17-2012
STARRING Nicolas Cage, Irdis Elba, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Christopher Lambert, Johnny Whitworth
WRITTEN by Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman, and David S Goyer (story and screenplay)
based on the Marvel comic book
DIRECTED by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) is still on the run and not just from the law.  he is fighting to control the curse inside of him- the spirit of vengeance that has been thrown upon him by a deal he signed with the Devil several years ago.   He has ended up in Eastern Europe and recruited by a shotgun-toting French priest (Irdis Elba) to save a young boy from becoming the next vessel of the Devil (Ciaran Hinds).   They must then get him to the safety of a sanctuary lead by a bald tattooed monk (Christopher Lambert in a very odd casting choice).


GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE is a better film than the first GHOST RIDER.  It embraces more of the supernatural elements and dumps the supernatural Western tone of the first film.   Gone is the manic habits of Johnny in the first one (no more listening to the Carpenters, eating jelly beans, or watching a chimp on TV) that is replaced by a crazy Johnny Blaze fighting to control the demon inside of him.  Nicolas Cage is enjoying himself more this time in the role than the first outing.   The look of the Ghost Rider and the bike have been refined to a much cooler look than the first film.   The only downfall with this film like the first one has to deal with the uninteresting villains.   I wish they would write a more interesting bad guy for Johnny Blaze/ Ghost Rider, but Ciaran Hinds come closer as showing off a more interesting version of the Devil than Peter Fonda ever could.  Christopher Lambert doesn't get much time to play with his character and I miss the days when he was the lead in English language films (most of his starring roles are in French language films that aren't mostly available in the USA).  Irdis Elba fairs better in the amount of time he gets on screen and I like the French accent that is so different from how you usually hear him.


The direction is raised up a level for the sequel from the underrated director team of Neveldine and Taylor who get the most out of the action scenes and the Eastern European setting.    GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE isn't a perfect sequel, but it is worth watching for the improved performance from Nicolas Cage and the mayhem caused by Ghost Rider in the action sequences.


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