Hell Wants Him, Heaven Won't Take Him, Earth Needs Him.
Based on the graphic novels, 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. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldly events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.
"You're right. We're born capable of terrible things, but then sometimes something else comes along and gives us just the right nudge."
Okay then, so while this definitely isn't all that brilliant, it is by no means a bad film. I mean, you've got Keanu doing his usual...Keanu things, Peter Stormare as the freaking Devil, a flame thrower shotgun and truly amazing visual effects. Seriously, the depiction of Hell here is just brilliant. And whenever a demon turns up. Also, Shia LaBeouf isn't even in this that much. So there's that as well.
Basically, if you're just looking for an enjoyable, Sunday night action movie that doesn't require much brainpower, you really could do a lot, lot worse than this.
for me this has the perfect combination of verisimilitude, inventive absurdity, and clever cynicism to overshadow everything that doesn't work about it (and there are considerable amounts on both sides of that equation). on top of that it looks fantastic, very Fincher Billy Idol video. Gavin Rossdale?! Tilda Swinton.
I knew when starting this movie that this was going to be one of those movies that people hate but I like. The script was pretty well written. They got some things wrong when referencing the bible, but it is a movie based on a comic book so I can look past that. The action was good and the cgi was alright. It was a good looking movie. The story was good as were the characters. It's nothing great but I enjoyed it. Worth a watch.
Absolute corker. I love this film.
It is the age old battle of good versus evil. The almighty versus Lucifer.
Constantine is a supernatural detective keeping the nasties down in the deep and keeping Earth demon free.
Whilst it is a similar story to most like this it stands out for a couple of reasons:
The special effects are cracking
The film is uber moody
Rachel Weisz spends most of the last 30 minutes of the film wearing not a lot and soaking wet
The have Bibles in Hell?
I found this to be quite an enjoyable little movie that was centered around an interesting topic for me, the god vs lucifer dilemma. I don't know what it is but I love films that give different interpretations of these "characters" that take part in this religious history I guess you could call it. This probably lends to why I think it is the last bit of the movie which is the best, not just because it is the climax but it is when we finally see what all the exposition was about. They keep talking about heaven and hell, demons and angels, and ultimately Lucifer himself but its only at the end do we actually see everything come together.…
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Keanu is a nice man, therefore I can enjoy his performance. Most everything that surrounded him in this film was just not that good. The Holy shotgun was alright, and I actually enjoyed Shia LosBeef but Rachel Weisz was pretty terrible. Same goes for the story. It basically went nowhere and it took a hell of a long time to do that.
Even it's closer to hell, this is one of the coolest films, ever.
Dis b stoopid, butt I knda liek it.
Más allá del amplio espectro de las emociones de Keanu en pantalla, la película me pareció bien a secas. Es película de comic. Solo por eso fui benevolente.
I'm a big fan of John Constantine the comic book character, as one might suspect from my avatar. Not so much this bastardization of my favorite bastard.
Keanu Reeves and especially Shia LaBeouf are miscast, but whoever decided to cast Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare in their respective roles had just the right stroke of genius.
Hopefully someone else will get a chance to bring the character to the screen again someday and will be a bit more faithful to the source material.
Messy, silly, but still entertaining enough to get a pass.
It has its moments, but by and large it misses the mark of what the comics brought to the table. It's just not John Constantine.
Having read the comics I can sympathise with fans who are upset to see a brunette wooden Hollywood guy rather than a blonde scouser in the lead role but since the only recorded blonde from Liverpool was Joey from 80s sitcom 'Bread', I can see why the studios preferred Keanu. And be grateful he didn't try an accent, after he turned Dracula into a comedy.
Keanu just about gets by anyway and there's always Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare on back-up.
And considering the effects are CG, they still hold up really well. Funny when it needs to be and scary when it needs to be.
The thing about the DC Vertigo Comics adaptation Constantine which I think works best in the movie's favor is its atmosphere. Director Francis Lawrence creates a very creepy and hellish atmosphere for the film right from the start and sustains it all the way through. Adding to this is an appropriate drained-out color palette. As a movie itself, Constantine is something of a guilty pleasure for me. All the "rules" of the universe that the film has to explain to non-comic readers can get a bit murky sometimes and Keanu Reeves' performance is no different from the one-note acting he's known for. But, in terms of the latter, I personally feel like that sort of detached personality works well for…