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Hell Wants Him, Heaven Won't Take Him, Earth Needs Him.
Constantine tells the story of John Constantine, a man who has literally been to Hell and back. When he teams up with a policewoman to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles.
So it was set in L.A. and our John Constantine wasn't English, blonde, or bi-sexual, but in Keanu Reeves we got a sarcasm filled, demon bashing antihero with smarts. I always try to ignore the presence of Shia LaBeouf here, but the film more than made up for it with the casting of Peter Stormare, Tilda (I can do anything even an Angel) Swinton, and Gavin Rossdale who genuinely seems to defy time, almost 40 at the time but looking 25. Not a horror film by any stretch, but a terrific supernatural thriller with some excellent set pieces and memorable ideas of what Hell would be like. No Spice Girls there though, but give it time. A film that visually remains stunning almost ten years later, it's aging almost as well as Rachel Weisz.
Some sects of one right-hand path or another have been known to posit that there is a Hell in which the only in-flight cinematic entertainment is Constantine on a loop for the duration of a very very long if not infinite flight - time where no snacks but those in fake foil packages are served, and at first that doesn't sound THAT bad until what it would actually be like to be able to watch nothing but Constantine, a world composed of actors laboring under the gelid, bathyscapic atmosphere of mid 00's CGI like ants trapped in rancid orange marmalade on burnt white toast for 6 meals a day. The dumbest occult shotgun in movies. A ridiculous, offensive policy on immigration. I could barely make it through one viewing, and I love bad Keanu movies like Keanu loves rumpled suits with partially loosened neckties. At least Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare are having a good time.
Francis Lawrence brought the anti-hero of the Hellblazer comics to life with a vibrancy that defied the negative reviews it received. When you step into the world of a comic book you want the most colorful and effective use of your storyboard. Lawrence does just that with a movie that has some of the most stunning imagery of recent years. They may well be broad strokes, but they work beautifully in a terrific adaptation full of theological mysticism and biblical hokum that stays true to the comic book.
Keanu Reeves is the exorcist John Constantine who has from an early age been able to see both angels and demons. Following a failed suicide attempt at 15 he is however damned…
A genre bending blend of action, horror, and fantasy, Francis Lawrence's "Constantine" is an entertaining blast of comic book-inspired cool. Starring Keanu Reeves as a private investigator with a taste for exorcising real-life demons, the film is well-cast, sturdily assembled, and fully entertaining. It is a dark thriller with a sardonic spirit.
Reeves play John Constantine, a man whose work has him dealing, literally, with heaven, hell, and the Los Angeles landscape in between. The story revolves around Constantine's partnership with a woman whose sister has died under unique circumstances. This partnership finds Constantine caught up in an age-old battle between angels, demons, and the wayward souls of human beings.
The story easily compels and is elevated by Lawrence's steady…
This movie still kicks ass, even after quite a few rewatches over the years. Can't believe this is nearly a decade old.
After every time I watch this I think, "I should really check out the Hellblazer comic series." But then I remember reading how this is, aside from the main character's name, nothing like the comics. And then I just end up rewatching the movie instead..
everybody's crazy for wes anderson's perfectly centered and symmetrical shots but i'm going to fawn over this instead. this is a goddamn delight. now where the fuck is all the neo-noir starring hard-boiled detective keanu?
This film still kicks ass. How can anyone not love Keanu Reeves?
god bless this movie
I thought "Constantine" was a pretty cool movie. Definitely a lot more dark than thought it was going to be, but that certainly doesn't make it bad. The part where he travels down to hell freaked me out a lot. Keanu Reeves was pretty cool for the most part. Everyone else did a fine job. Shia LaBeouf was in it for a short time, I’m a fan of his acting so I kind of which he was in it more. Whatever. It’s definitely a fun movie. Personally, I prefer “I am Legend” by this director.
The 2.5 stars are for that middle finger.
Far more excellent than people give it credit for, Constantine is a thriller with a passing resemblance to the comic character who bears the same name. Occult, stylish, with CGI that stands up and an excellent take on the nature of heaven, hell, and the mysteries of those in-between, Constantine makes an excellent rainy day film.
Constantine (2005) emerged in the comic book film wasteland that was post-Batman & Robin (1998) and pre-Iron Man/Dark Knight (2008). It was a time when the genre was unsure of itself, and a number of brave and adventurous adaptations were made such as Ang Lee’s Hulk (2003) and Bryan Singer’s polarizing Superman Returns (2006). During this period Blade could get funding for three films, while recently Deadpool languished for nearly a decade asking for a mere 30 million dollars. The genre as a whole was relatively unsuccessful (by today’s standards), but some of the films were much better than the majority of cookie cutter movies Marvel now manufactures quarterly. Constantine is one of these films, and is an oft neglected and…
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