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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..
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.
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.
Hilarious catholic action movie. He punches Gabriel in the face!
Now i know nothing about the comics except that he was blonde and British. Which the character was neither in this.
The story is: 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.
I really enjoyed this when I saw it in theaters and I still do. I wish they had done a sequel. Because they had alot of material to work with and build upon for this franchise that never was.
it also has a great cast from Keanu Reeves as the lead character. Along with other such actors/actresses as Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare as Satan.
This adaptation of a supernatural comic book has all the elements that appeal to me in a fantasy flick: inventive gadgets, a wry sense of humour, a battle against the odds, plenty of special effects and deadly adversaries aplenty. Both angels and demons walk the earth and one man has the vocation, for his own selfish reasons, to put any demons that step out of line back into hell - he is also the only one who can help a detective get to the truth about her sister's apparent suicide.
The film is paced well and the visual effects are in general well done and at times quite spectacular. Although it takes some time for the full storyline to become…
I have to admit I have sort of a man crush on Keanu Reeves. He's the right parts of good actor, bad actor, and lovable actor that I just can't shake. For every good movie he's in, there is sure to be another with him in it that is pretty laughable. Even here, mister Reeves isn't in the greatest movie, in fact it's about demons and angels; but Reeves raises this from something simple and overdone to a new take on this genre. You even get to see Shia LaBeouf slammed into the ground at breakneck (laughs) speed! I'm sold.
Peter Stormare was so good. Do want a sequel.
After seeing way too shitty movies recently (except for 2001: A Space Odyssee) this seemed like a masterpiece... still this isn't really that a great movie. But it is quite enjoyable. I just have this thing for angels and demons I guess.
Surprise! I enjoyed it a lot. The jokes felt funnier. I wonder why. When I saw this a long time ago, I guess I wasn’t in the right set of mind. This fun, silly, sometimes ridiculous ‘hero’ movie should have been enjoyed just as that: Fun, silly, sometimes ridiculous ‘hero’ movie. And, oh… How awesome is Tilda Swinton? Every time. She. Is. Just. Great.
"You are going to die young because you smoked 30 cigarettes a day since you were 15. And you're going to go to hell because of the life you took. You're fucked."
Supernatural noir, an oft neglected sub-genre, is explored here to somewhat mixed results. There are things that are done very well, such as the ending at Ravenscar Hospital, the casting of Tilda Swinton as the angel, Gabriel, and Peter Stormare as The First of the Fallen. Even Djimon Hounsou is inspired casting as Papa Midnite (though his character only sort of resembles that of the comic).
There are other things that I can't overlook though, as a longtime fan of the character John Constantine (who, if you're not…
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