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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (87.75min)

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(2012), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] ... is about 10 times as dark as the 2007 Ghost Rider.

Production (US): A Columbia Pictures and Hyde Park Entertainment present, in association with Imagenation abu dhabi, Crystal Sky, Marvel Knights, Ashok Amritraj, Micheal De Luca, Arad Production
Distribution (US): Sony Pictures
Director(s): Neveldine/Taylor
Producer(s): Steven Paul, Ashok Amritraj, Micheal De Luca, Avi Arad, Ari Arad, E. Bennett Walsh, David S. Goyer. Stan Lee, Mark Steven Johnson, Manu Gargi
Screenplay by: Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman, David S. Goyer
Story by: David S. Goyer
Based on the Marvel Comic
Cinematography/Camera: Brandon Trost
Music: David Sardy
Film Editing: Brain Berdan
Casting: Gail Stevens, Collin Jones
Production Design: Kevin Phipps
Viewed on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

For those of you who remember the first Ghost Rider movie, 2007 (PG-13 [R-13]) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is about 10 times as dark as the 2007 Ghost Rider. But that is just my opinion.

This time Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) has traipsed off to Europe. He wants desperately to be rid of the Ghost Rider curse. Moreau (Idris Elba) claims he can rid blaze of the curse since Moreau belongs to a secret sect of monks. But there is a price for the exorcism ... Blaze must find a young boy, Danny (Fergus Riordan) and bring him to a secluded monastery carved out of the mountains so the monks could protect Danny, or so the monks told Moreau. Danny is claimed to be the son of Satan, aka Mr. Roarke (Ciaran Hinds) who mated with a local gypsy woman, Nadya (Violante Placido) as payment for Satan healing her from her injuries. Mr. Roarke, who is weakened due to his "tenure" on the Earth wants to transfer himself into Danny so he can be strong again.

Because the content of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance took less than 20 minutes to be R-equivalent in Wanton Violence/Crime (W) I am not going into a plot or story description any further. While my opinion of the 2007 Ghost Rider is that it presented a measure of entertainment and thus care about the characters, my opinion of this installment is that it is a failure, a deeply dark and in some ways insane failure.

For your information, following is another comparative of scoring between two or more films analyzed by the CAP Ministry. The display here is of the two installments of Ghost Rider:

There is a lot that could be said about what the scoring comparative reveals but confidence is high that you, as mom/dad, can gather the information you need from the display such as the worsening in all areas but Sexual Immorality (S). I suppose a small round of applause is due to Neveldine / Taylor for the reduced sexually immoral content. But note in particular the near doubling of the Influence Density (ID) figure. Such a high ID figure as 4.14 should warn you that the assaults on morality and wholesome ethics come at a machinegun pace at times.

Typically, analysis of PG-13 and R-rated films take three or four pages of recording logs. Recording the findings of this film took eight pages. Because of the length of the findings listings, the individual investigation area discussions that follow will occasionally refer you to the listings in the Findings/Scoring section. When true, please rely on the listing(s) rather than the individual investigation area discussions for the best assessment of the content findings.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
Violence in this film is as diverse as it is extensive. It would not be possible to give you a decent summary of the violence content in a reasonable space here. Please look to the Findings section for the best assessment of the violence content.

But it is warranted to remind our readers about the influence of violence. In Proverb 16:29 (and more than 50 other verses), God warns that violence, among other things, is enticing and can lead the observer in a way that is not good. Further, since God "published His findings" about violence, man has plagiarized God's Word by four professional public health agencies publishing findings which warn that violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the observer, especially the young, to real life violence and can lead the observer to believe violence is an effective way to settle conflict. But do we listen?

After referring you to Proverb 16:29 so many times over the years, my reference to it herein may by now sound to some like a broken record but God's Word is timeless and omniscient.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 35 out of 100
Fourteen times someone utters one of the three/four letter word vocabulary words. Add to that one use of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 5:4] Other instances of impudence and/or hatred include a face full of tattoos [Lev. 19:28], abduction of a mother and her child, invasion of privacy, a mother using her son for crime [Matt. 25:40], lying [Prov. 19:5] and more. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting of the content applicable to this investigation area.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 81 out of 100
Atypically lite in sexually immoral content, this film is PG-equivalent regarding sexually immoral content. No one gets in bed with anyone else. The only nudity is three showings of drawings of Blaze's posterior. Blaze does rudely look over Nadya once. A business man solicits sex from her. A vulgar anatomical reference and urination with flame comprise the remainder of the findings applicable to this investigation area. [Gal. 5:19]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 39 out of 100
Smoking was noted once plus an attempt to light a cigarette. A forced injection of a boy to control him was noted also. But drinking was noted several times. Therein is a significant danger to the adolescent audience.

A 2002 study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) revealed that adolescent exposure to drinking in and as entertainment undeniably leads to abuse of alcohol among underage viewers. The report entitled Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol reports that of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% of the youths were under fourteen years old) only 16% were completely restricted in their entertainment diets. Within the ACP study population, the prevalence of having tried alcohol without parental knowledge was

  • 46% for those with no viewing restrictions
  • 16% for those with partial viewing restrictions
  • four percent for those with complete viewing restrictions. [Eph. 5:18]

    And leading our youth to sin with alcohol invokes a number of other verses such as Luke 17:2 where Jesus Himself warns that the one(s) who teach(es) and/or cause(s) His little ones to sin would be better off with a millstone tied about his/her neck then cast into the sea. Yes, "little ones" includes at-home teens since "little ones" is mikros meaning younger, less by birth. All your children are younger and less by birth than you, mom/dad.

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
    Here is where an extensive number of findings makes trying to summarize them into a discussion futile. Again I ask that you refer to the listing in the Findings section for a full accounting of the content applicable to this investigation area.

    Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
    While there are many killings portrayed in this film, most are defensive killings. Defensive killings and deaths by acts of war or police action are not considered murder by the CAP Analysis Model but rather are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area. Among the killings that can be called murder includes a gunfire murder plus several killings with unholy power to cause human decay. Though clearly a fantasy matter, the murder by decay is still murder. The optics and thus the influence are the same.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Lev. 19:28 Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. [A body piercing cannot be made unless there is cutting involved. And "dead" in "for the dead" is nephesh which includes "seat of the appetites" and "seat of emotions and passions" and "activity of the will."]
  • Prov. 19:5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; ...
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. [Since "drunk" is methusko {meth-oos'-ko}: to intoxicate; make drunk; to get drunk; become intoxicated, "wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. The issue is do not abuse the body by intoxicating it [1 Cor. 6:19]. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk OR to drink in defiance such as underage drinking.
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize, to entice to sin. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • explosion danger
  • gunfire killings, repeatedly
  • armed assault by many, repeatedly
  • firearm for defense, repeatedly
  • firearm for offense, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering
  • targeting a child with a firearm
  • beating, repeatedly
  • great fall with smashing of face on staircase handrail
  • gunfire to kill, many, offensive and defensive
  • firearm to the head
  • firearm to the face
  • action violence sequences of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • reckless driving to escape/pursue
  • attempted murder x2 by vehicular assault, one occupant a child
  • assault of a child, repeatedly
  • assault with explosive projectile, repeatedly
  • self injury to get blood, repeatedly
  • pick pocketing by an adolescent
  • kidnapping, repeatedly
  • car theft
  • accosting a child
  • car theft after [unseen] murder of two
  • child intentionally causing car wreck
  • knife to throat
  • assault to extort
  • child in bondage
  • thrown knife
  • defensive killing
  • rocket launching to kill, twice
  • reckless motorcycle "stunt" driving with child on board
  • threat to kill a boy
  • preparing to behead a boy
  • image of decayed bodies of murder victims
  • assault killing - defensive, twice
  • attempted murder by causing decay
  • killing of dozens by unholy power, defensive

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 35 out of 100
  • 14 uses of profanity plus one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • mother using son for crime
  • facial tattoos
  • abduction of mother and child
  • invasion of privacy
  • forcing a gun held by another to forehead
  • cowardice - leaving another man to die by fire
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 81 out of 100
  • rude gaze
  • soliciting sex
  • drawing nudity of male posterior, three times
  • vulgar anatomical reference
  • urination with flame, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 39 out of 100
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking
  • unlit cigarette in mouth
  • forced injection of a child

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • images of flaming evil of varying intensities, frequent
  • killing by incineration using unholy power, frequent, many
  • "It doesn't matter how far you run. There are some demons you just can't escape"
  • deal with Satan for soul
  • disturbing images of demon possession and stealing of victim's souls, repeatedly
  • disturbing images of living skull on fire, frequent
  • multiple talks of stealing, locating and returning souls
  • willfully invoking a demon
  • portrayal of Satan, repeatedly
  • unholy "programming" of a child
  • portrayal of boy with Satan's power
  • various images of Satan in human form
  • shape-shifting to evil, repeatedly
  • long sequence of insanity with several partial shape-shifts to evil
  • images of flaming evil of varying intensities, frequent
  • unholy healing
  • unholy strength
  • portrayal of unholy power to cause human decay, frequent
  • calling evil good [Isa. 5:20]
  • unholy healing to create a demon of the victim
  • appearance of the demon to cause human decay, repeatedly
  • tale of an angel being dragged to Hell, the Spirit of Justice being forced to become the Spirit of Vengeance
  • long sequence of bizarre representation of exorcism of demon
  • talk of boy being possessed by Satan
  • tale of global doom by unholy power
  • evil ritual with chanting to place Satanic soul in young boy, repeatedly
  • portrayal of demon possession of man and child
  • unholy power to assault
  • portrayal of child possessed by Satan and as son of Satan
  • portrayal of getting soul back and breaking curse
  • portrayal of possessed boy returning curse
  • unholy resurrection

    Murder/Suicide (M) - Zero out of 100
  • gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • murder by causing human decay, repeatedly

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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