Homefront movie
7.25 out of 10
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie
8.75 out of 10
Disney's Frozen movie
10.0 out of 10
Delivery Man movie
6.75 out of 10
Thor
8.25 out of 10

Saturday, October 15, 2011

NYCC: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

New York Comic Con
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 

Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Writers: David S. Goyer, Roy Thomas, Seth Hoffman
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciaran Hinds, Johnny Placido, Johnny Whitworth


NYCC: In the IGN Theatre of the Jacobs Javitz Convention Center, two guerilla filmmakers presented their vision of one of the most under-appreciated, darkest, most powerful anti-heroes of the Marvel Universe. Nicolas Cage starred as Johnny Blaze, former circus motorcycle daredevil cursed from a deal with the devil in Mark Steven Johnson's 2007 Ghost Rider. Now, Nicolas Cage returns February 2012 with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, known for Jason Statham's Crank and Crank 2: High Voltage, use their visceral style to take the Ghost Rider riding hard into a completely different direction. Starting with a behind-the-scenes featurette that highlights the hands-on approach the directing pair takes to bring their type of action to the screen, the audience was treated to rollerblading directors gripping the back of a motorcycle to 20 or 30 miles per hours with one hand and a camera with the other to get a high speed motorcycle shot. Other scenes show the directors hanging on wires along with their stuntmen in order to create practical real action - instead of relying solely on CG effects.

Adding to that idea, Neveldine and Taylor changed the look of their demonic anti-hero. Changing from glossy to smoking bubbling leather and a gleamy white to charred ashen flaming skull, the directors discussed how they research how leather and bone truly react to fire - offering a more "true" representation of the skeletal demonic avenger.

If the trailers the audience saw were any indication, this Ghost Rider will come at you with intensity and a bad ass attitude. This Ghost Rider looks like it will be a hell-ified thrill ride!

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