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Constantine 2005

Horror starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, a man who was born with a gift he didn't want - the ability to clearly recognise the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin. Constantine was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision, but he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now,...

Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Horror
Director Francis Lawrence
Starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz
Supporting actors Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gavin Rossdale, Tilda Swinton, Peter Stormare, Jesse Ramirez, José Zúñiga, Francis Guinan, Larry Cedar, April Grace, Suzanne Whang, Jhoanna Trias, Alice Lo, Nicholas Downs, Tanoai Reed, Quinn Buniel
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: DVD
It seemed, when details of the casting for this film were released, that the minds of a million nerdy Hellblazer fans (me included) exploded in disbelief and anger. Keanu Reeves as John Constantine!! That's Keanu 'dark hair, American' Reeves as very English ex-punk, chain-smoker and Sting lookalike John Constantine!!! Eh, how's that gonna work?? we cried, and scratched our heads bemusedly.
Well, i have to say, i think the film is good. It's darker than most Hollywood productions, which is always welcome, and it does try valiantly to stick to some aspects of the comics. The biggest mistake made here is definately the changes in the character of Chas (shameful!), and not the casting of Keanu!
The premise is one fairly familiar to those who read comics of any sort i'd imagine, not a particularly in-depth plot, but one that adheres to JC's character very well, and draws on the Dangerous Habits story-lines. Basically, after trying to commit suicide, he is attempting to gain his place in heaven back by killing demons running free on Earth. He encounters a young cop, played by Rachel Weisz, who needs help investigating the strange death of her twin sister. Never fear though, this meeting does not herald the beginning of yet another dull, vacuous, pointless Hollywood love interest story-line. JC would much rather kiss a Marlboro than a girl, ya see!!
As the film goes on, a bigger plot is unveiled, involving the resurrection of the Devil's own son, here on Earth. There's a nice little acting debut from Gavin Rossdale as the snappy-dressing demon Balthazar, and a quite true-to-the-comics depiction of Papa Midnight by the great Djimon Hounsou.
For me, though the acting honours go to the superb Tilda Swinton as the Angel Gabriel.
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I have watched this film repeatedly and it should be good and, in some ways, it is, but it's not. Not really. I want it to be good. I'm always rooting for it, but it's not good, which is a shame, as it should be good.

Plus points - Keanu Reeves shows again - as he did in The Devil's Advocate - that he can do horror in a very cool, insouciant way. He makes sense of the whole John Constantine thing (best exemplified by the way he walks into Midnight's club and with his - well delivered - hand gesture to Lucifer at a critical moment.) Critical fans of the comic book should give him a break - who would be better? Tilda Swinton. Unclear there's any need to elaborate - that woman could read the voice over on Homes Under The Hammer and make it good. She's in this film - therefore it's better than it could have been.

Minus points - a lot, sadly. One, Shia la Boeuf - before he got famous and before he got good - Oh hang on - still waiting for the latter. Too much action; not enough creepiness. Seriously daft, Catholic theology based plot. Catholics don't believe the whole 'suicides go to Hell stuff' so why should a global audience buy it? The Exorcist, another catholic film, does it all far more subtly. Rachel Weitz - really under-whelming. She has two roles here and she stuffs them both up. To give her a break, the script gives her character(s) no chance to live or develop, but I thought she was wooden.

However the main problem with this is that it postulates a whole cosmology about demons and angels which makes human existence seem like a pathetic game of charades, which it may be, but i don't need a rubbish horror film to assert this. It is all best left to the imagination and - in this film - it's not.

Satan's a blast though
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Dreadfully flawed and with a muddled story line, "Constantine" is nevertheless worth watching, for its occasional profound and intense beauty, and its visions of hell and its denizens, which anyone who believes that forces of evil exist and influence our world will find fascinating. Loosely based on characters from the Hellblazer comics, the script is very interesting in parts, but the audio is abysmal. The dialog sounds as if it is coming from an underwater tunnel, and I had to watch the film with subtitles. Also, this is a film that begs to be seen several times, to make some sense of the muddle.
The cast is excellent, and I have always been partial to Keanu Reeves, who as John Constantine, a man dying of lung cancer, who can see, and has walked beyond this dimension, is very good in his own peculiar way. I can't imagine anyone else of his generation playing the part. As he says of the cat in the film, he's "half in, half out," and Reeves also has that quality, of being in the world, but not quite of it. Rachel Weisz, who teamed with Reeves in the far less interesting 1996 "Chain Reaction," is both Angela, a Los Angeles detective, and her twin sister Isabel. She looks gorgeous, and gives a sensitive, lovely performance. Others in the cast that stand out are Tilda Swinton as Gabriel, and Shia LaBeouf, as Chas, Constantine's eager apprentice.
This is the feature directorial debut of Francis Lawrence, who has previously done music videos, and he certainly has an eye for bizarre imagery. The cinematography by Philippe Rousselot is terrific, and much of what is worthwhile in this film is due to him. It is hard to rate this film, as it is, like the battle of good and evil in the story, a mixture of opposites. Total running time is 121 minutes, it is rated R for "violence and demonic images," but is comparatively mild in language and has no in-between the sheets action. The DVD extra is 18 minutes of deleted scenes.
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