Movie Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Now in theaters)

“Ghost Rider” is coming to suck out your soul.  Or, at least $14 from your wallet.

Nicolas Cage returns as the Marvel superhero cursed by the Devil to bring wicked humans to their fiery afterlife, whether they’re ready or not.

Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider is, of course, a decent soul who just tried to keep his father alive by brokering an agreement with Mephistopheles.  Not a good idea, since Satan often fails to keep his word.

Anyway, Blaze has been hiding out in Eastern Europe, which is convenient because that’s where Hollywood likes to make medium-to-low budget movies these days.

Johnny is told by some spooky looking monks that he must save a boy from becoming the anti-Christ.  He’ll need plenty of friends with big guns to go along with his flaming personality.

“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” feels like one long chase scene.  There’s trashy humor and below-par special effects as well.

Cage’s performance is a mere caricature of himself.  He’s in on the joke, right?  Nick, we’re laughing at you, not with you anymore.  The film was up-converted to 3D to steal a few more dollars per ticket.  Save your money.  Grade: D