In the first Ghost Rider film, Nicolas Cage, playing the character of Johnny Blaze, made a deal with the devil in order to prevent his father’s death. This deal meant that Blaze had to go through the streets at night in order to apprehend criminals. Since this first film, some time has passed, and although Blaze is now retired he’s constantly haunted by the fact that the Ghost Rider might reawaken within him.
The devil has different plans other than a quiet retirement for Blaze however and he kidnaps a young boy, Danny, who is played by Fergus Riordan, and the only way for him to be saved is for Blaze to come to the rescue. The boy also has certain powers that means the devil can use him to destroy the world.
The first film was released in 2007 and is based on the Marvel comic. The original received very mixed reviews but the financial success of the film meant that Sony, obviously, wanted to create a sequel. Nicolas Cage agreed to star in the new film and the script was written by the creators of Crank.
This Ghost Rider film is significantly different to the first and is much more closely aligned with the original comic that it is based on. Nicolas Cage has stated that he is an enormous fan of the original comic book and is very pleased that he can star in the sequel to the original. Many critics said that the first film had a problem because the lead character was seen as too heroic, which was quite a serious departure from the comic books.
This time around the character of Cage is rather different and he is now more of an adrenaline junkie than before. The re-imagining of the character certainly works much better and there is definitely more appeal to him. The writers have clearly put a lot of work into creating a better interpretation of the Ghost Rider character than was seen in the first film.
Unfortunately, this is where they seem to have focused most of their efforts and the other characters are much less believable. The casting also seems to be rather inaccurate and Violante Placido, who has been cast as a woman with a 10-year-old son, barely looks over 25.
There are also several other problems with the film too, and there seemed to be many logical holes that are simply not dealt with. For example, the character of Johnny Whitworth has the ability to make things age much faster than normal. It is very noticeable how in some cases this takes minutes, but another is just a few seconds. There seems to be no logic about this and no explanation about why the times differ.
This film is not a typical Marvel production and is might have a hard time finding the right audience. The story is rather flat and when you consider all the logical holes it might not be enjoyable for some people.