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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.
Film #3 of the February Movie Challenge : Keanu Reeves or Bust!
Can you imagine a film where an angst ridden Keanu Reeves plays an exorcist with brass knuckles and gun in tow to fight the good fight in the name of God, Tilda Swinton plays a rather nasty version of the arch-angel Gabriel, then there's Pete Stormare whom plays that rascally underworld kingpin known as Satan and Bush's very own Gavin Rossdale plays a dapper Demon! Well stop imagining and key up Constantine in your que now!
Visually it's an Impressive feast for the eyes and boasts equally impressive special effects! Pretty good stuff considering this is Francis Lawrence's directorial debut!
Both Swinton and Stormare upped the level of excellence in the film but were severely underused!
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..
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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As a non-religious person I am quite often interested in different takes on religion such as this movie. I always enjoy how it is usually and angel who is jealous of humans which is the true villain, not only Lucifer.
Also, 4 out of 5 times, Gabriel is that angel.
I am a big fan of 'Midnight'. His character is minor and mysterious. I wish he had a larger presence.
I will never forget how bad the exorcism scene was...
I can't believe that this movie is 10 years old! Even though its different from the comics it still offers up an immensely entertaining and visually stunning film that is still entertaining as hell. I'd say that you should check out both this and the show.
This film actually could be a lot better if they did not use a comic book as it's basis. For Keanu Reeves, as much as I love the guys, is just not John Constantine. Even the blonde Brit on the current TV show is not the embodiment of the comic book character. Still for what it was it wasn't bad, and Tilda Swinton makes a good asexual angel.
I came for Tilda, there was not enough Tilda.
My second viewing of this film since its theatrical release and 10 years later, I really enjoyed it. Despite not having the same physical characteristics as portrayed in the comic that everyone is oh so picky about, I thought Keanu Reeves did a great job in bringing John Constantine to life and in fact made the character more badass.
The film does really well in keeping the story going while at the same time introducing the origin of the character to the viewers without wasting run time with some silly narration. Cool graphics, great action sequences, and I see myself watching this again later on.
Constantine doesn't have black hair and is British and quick witted and loud mouthed so the opposite of Keanu Reeves
I keep watching this film. This was my fifth time and I enjoyed myself as if it as my first view. It must be Tilda Swinton. or Peter Stormare. Or maybe, just maybe, one of Keanu Reeves' most enjoyable films.
Okay I do have a problem with the whole change of Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, especially since the character is a blonde hair British smartass and well that's not what we have here. I just turn that part of my brain off and enjoy a good action/horror movie.
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