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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…
ok i'll be real this isnt the greatest movie but damn if it isnt aesthetically satisfying
The best performance of Keanu ever (and seems like it will sadly remain so). He makes years of comics making shy away after 2 hours of work. Amazing.
Just like the plot says, a badass demon hunter trying to get his ass into heaven by doing what he does, as for keanu, his attitude was what one would expect to see from a demon hunter (which means BAD ASS) and thats that... not an awesome plot but a worthy one-time-or-two-watch...
Keanu Reeves best film? (apart from Point Blank of course;)
This may have rated higher but Keanu is horrible
Despite its flaws, it's a very enjoyable movie and a guilty pleasure of mine.
Rated MRAAM for Mild Racism Against Asian Men. And general racism, mainly in the form of being very anti-Latino.
Well, this was a lot more boring than I'd remembered.
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