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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…
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…
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.
Just wasn't dark enough for me. Stormare was underused and Keanu was miscast.
One of the coolest cigarette ads ever.
This film's visual language has really stayed with me for years. The cinematography is amazing, and I love the style as well- really appreciate it when a sound clearly indicates that an action is occurring offscreen without having to show it to the audiences. Very sleek and elegant.
Keanu Reeves brings the character a quiet, broody energy that compels the film so much more, and Peter Stormare elevates the film as Lucifer, but Constantine is sadly bogged by a lacking plot (the Mexico premise? very arbitrary????? kinda forced?) and cheesy dialogue. The last 20 minutes and cinematography more than make up for that, though.
Cult Classic and one of the better comic book movies to grace the screen! Keanu is marvelously understated in the title role! He is stronger playing the quiet type! Tilda is absolute perfection and pure beauty as Gabriel! She steals every scene she is in and I wish she had a bigger part! Stormare is ultimate as Luscifer and is both charming and animalistic! He is truely memorable and knows how to make an entrance! Plus he is the ultimate cure! Beautiful graphics and more of a quiet thriller/drama than anything else!
Lucifer knows a thing or two about oncology!!
why is keanu reeves an eternal babe? why is constantine (2005) so underrated?
This is probably my current favorite movie, it's gorgeous to look at, the acting is awesome and fun, great badass story, I just love everything about it.
"This is Constantine. John Constantine. Asshole."
I got to start by saying I don't know about the character of John Constantine or the Hellbrazer comic series this movie's based on so I won't say I know ever little thing about this comic, but I know a disappointing movie when I see one. I have heard that the comic is a cult classic among DC fans, but I don't think that this will become a cult classic comic book film any time soon.
Based loosely on the DC comic Hellbrazer, John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is a "exorcist" that has been trough hell and back and keeps Earth safe from Satan's army. A policewoman (Rachael Weisz) needs his help to solve the…
Keanu + action + the occult + young LaBeouf + The Swinton + Djimon Hounsou as a witch doctor/nightclub owner + small part for Gavin Rossdale? Yes, please.
Enjoyed it thoroughly. Never read the comics so I have no basis for comparison. John Constantine is a mix of Sam Spade and Father Damien, a noir private eye who sends rogue demon-types back to Hell. He teams up with a detective investigating a hinky suicide, which seems to point to some larger evil event looming in the near future.
Watch it for the cast and the action sequences, ignore the plot holes and 2005 CGI effects.
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