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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…
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..
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.
Constantine is a silly mess of a film, but it's an enjoyable silly mess. While it's easy to get lost in the film's convoluted plot about demon hunting and murder mysteries, Constantine's creative storytelling and exciting action sequences allow the film to succeed as a form of entertainment.
The main assets to this overblown action/horror spectacle are it's incredible cast. Keanu Reeves is cool as hell in the title role, even if his performance can verge on being wooden and dry at times. Peter Stormare hams it up as Satan himself, making for one of his most memorable performances. Tilda Swinton is just as amazing as you'd expect she'd be as the angel Gabriel. Oh, and Gavin Rossdale needs to…
He has smoked 30 cigarettes a day since he was 15 and he fights demons from hell. Keanu slays as Constantine.
a pretty entertaining would-be blockbuster, I probably didn't enjoy as much as others because I'm an atheist and I don't believe in this sort of stuff
Keanu Reeves vs. the Forces of Hell. That's like, the greatest premise ever. Unfortunately, audiences didn't seem to see it that way because upon its initial release this movie bombed big time and critics absolutely savaged it. Which is pretty sad, really, because this film is nowhere near as bad as so many people make it out to be.
Based on DC Vertigo's Hellblazer comic book series, the movie follows the titular John Constantine, a demon hunter and expert on everything occult and paranormal, as he is roped into helping a police officer into investigating the alleged suicide of her twin sister all the while it becomes increasingly apparent that something sinister is afoot and the forces of Hell may…
So that's what the back of a bowling alley looks like.
"This is Constantine, John Constantine asshole."
Really enjoy this and the character of Constantine. The heartfelt asshole who banishes demons and is bound for Hell. Keanu does a great job for Keanu and there is a solid supporting cast. Most notably Djimon Hounsou as Papa Midnite and Peter Stormare as Lou. The special effects are a little inconsistent in parts but overall good.
The movie itself was great, but I feel like it could have been greater, the greatest rendition of Constantine. Keanu is well developed for this radical role. Tilda is a sweetheart as always even though her character is like a knife. Peter Stormare was the golden card in this movie. The best scene of the devil, and the best representation of Lucifer. it was brilliantly directed. But, it could have been greater than brilliant.
suffers from having captain wooden in the central role but not a terrible effort at adapting the excellent Dark Horse books.
Rewatch......holds up very well.....
listen. listen. i know. but i love this movie ok i love it
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