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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.
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…
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..
Of all the comic-book movies out there, this is the one I most hoped would get a sequel. It had everything going for it. From a cool-as-fuck Keanu dispatching demons back to Hell, to the stunning visual flair brought to us by Francis Lawrence's imaginative representation of Alan Moore's writing, this is up there with the best in supernatural action films. Rachel Weisz also brings class to a film that despite numerous watches remains as fresh as the first time I saw it. Whoever thought about casting Peter Stormare as Lucifer and Tilda as Gabriel deserves immense credit as it was inspired.
I was expecting more. However, Constantine still delivers.
It's a very interesting take on biblical aspects. Some of it's rubbish. While some of it is very true.
I really liked how this film shows the darkness of the world in a very layman's perspective.
There are Demons all around us. In a way, the world is Hell. Only, in reality, it's much less obvious.
Usually we don't see the evils that are the world. Most are blind to the forces that surround us. We walk past a house unaware the hellish things that lie just beyond its front door. We wander the city streets without a clue that some predator has their eye on us. We go to church believing…
"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.
This is another guilty pleasure of mine. I do agree this has nothing to do with Hellblazer or the character. That being said, it still a fun action supernatural horror.
I enjoyed this somewhat in the theater and think this was the most recent I have seen Reeves. I really wanted to see John Wick but I missed it in the theater.
This could have gone much further with a basic story, and I am interested in the TV series. I did not like that the story had to be a thwarting the end of the world story and would have appreciated a Constantine doing his work story moreso.
I imagine I would probably like the comics, but have never followed them.
Still holds up! The visuals look slick supported by an amazing cast and production design. Stormare steals the show.
Post on Reddit made me go back to this, and I'm pretty happy I did.
It's a decent supernatural noir, it's almost like a high budget episode of Supernatural, with heavier noir troupes.
It might be a bad adaption of the comic, but as it stands pretty fine on its own.
Tilda Swinton is fantastic, I love her so much in this.
It's not perfect, but it's an entertaining film none the less.
John Wick Constantine.
Better than expected. Nice action scenes and a story which entertains along the way.
Aside from Keanu being a less than ideal John Constantine I liked this film quite a lot.
Good performances (other than KR who was barely serviceable), interesting mythology, a compelling story and it looked good too.
Well worth a watch.
I appreciate the concept, just not the execution.
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