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Constantine

2005 film loosely based on DC / Vertigo's Hellblazer comic books.

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Catholicism Meets The Comics

  • Jul 21, 2005
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While I wouldn't use "Constantine" as a source for any studies on Catholicism(or Christianity as a whole), I will admit that it is a decent flick to watch when there's a little time to kill. I'm not familiar with the comics that this film is supposed to be based on, so I'll look at it as a stand-alone entity.

The story plods along at a snails pace, but the special effects are pretty good, especially the visions of Hell. The opening exorcism is one of the best parts of the film. Although Keanu Reeves catches a lot of grief over his performance in this flick, I think that his acting skills were perfect for this particular story. Rachel Weisz is also very good in this film. She tackles a briefly dual role as psychic sisters. Her character's supposedly Catholic beliefs come into question when she mentions that she doesn't believe in Satan. That's almost like saying you're a Catholic and you're pro-abortion. That's two things that just don't go together.

The Catholicism in this story is treated very lightly. It's almost as if they just used Christianity as a cool looking backdrop for Constantine to eradicate things in. The Crucifix-looking gun was rather silly looking, but Constantine did have some other nice weapons in his arsenal.

Once again, a well-known angel plays the fall guy and much like in films like "The Prophecy," everything boils down to the baddie-supreme: Satan(a.k.a. Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Devil, Angel of Light, etc.).

While I won't say that everyone will enjoy this film, I'm sure fans of modest action flicks will enjoy this. Some Catholics will probably be turned off by the sacrilege and the ability of Satan to do certain things in the film. However, if you take this flick for what it is worth, which is a popcorn-ish adult action/horror yarn, you'll be sure to enjoy it.

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Quick Tip by . February 05, 2012
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Sure, this film deviates from the source material by making John Constantine American instead of British. Sure, it changes its setting and backdrop. Sure, it doesn't have the gritty, dark, often uneasy tone and mood set in the Vertigo comics....But I would be lying if I said that Francis Lawrence's interpretation of the comic character wasn't fun to watch. (I have read the series since its inception) It made the changes to cater to a more mainstream audience and non-readers …
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Quick Tip by . May 15, 2010
Dark and depressing, scary yet too many plotholes to focus well on the horror. Not a bad entry.
review by . December 23, 2008
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Loosely based upon the dark comic book and graphic novel series published by DC Comics/Vertigo, Constantine is a supernatural thriller with amazing visual effects, thrilling action, and a great cast. Unfortunately, the film's screenplay, which was written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello, fails to capture the spirit of the books. Rather than keeping the characters as they are in the books, the writers have taken liberties that minimalize the effect of the story. In the books, John Constantine …
review by . December 30, 2009
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review by . April 11, 2006
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A lot of people are saying that Constantine is wrong because Keanu Reeves is wrong for the part but I see it differently. See I'm no fan of Reeves and I actually think of him as a dry and predictable actor that always acts the same in every film. The stories he gets and his supporting cast is so good that they make him look even better and he gets a high price tag. Constantine needed an actor to play the character as a mean, intimidating, and vicious loner and who better to play that than a man …
review by . April 09, 2006
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Pros: Visuals, Ms. Weisz     Cons: Keanu Reeves; direction; plot     The Bottom Line: In the end, as the credits roll, there isn¬ít much of a story in Constantine, there are far too many loose ends and tangling story lines.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The Struggle. On one side, Good, the other side, Evil. On one side God, the other Satan known in some circles both Greek and Christian, as …
review by . August 11, 2005
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For fans of the comic book on which this movie is based -- "John Constantine: HELLBLAZER" -- it will doubtless be a disappointment. I myself am an avid reader of said comic, and when I think of how much better the movie could have been...SHOULD have been...it makes me a little sad. For one thing, the John Constantine of the comic lives in London, not Los Angeles, and this is a critical difference, both for the character and the story. Constantine is supposed to be British through and through, and …
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With the ability to identify angels and demons as they exist on Earth, Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is tormented and set apart from other people. He is self destructive and angry, yet he does the right thing in protecting the citizens of Los Angeles from the dark forces that surround them. However, when he falls in love with a cop (Rachel Weisz), everything begins to change.

In the grand scheme of theological thrillers,Constantine aspires for the greatness of The Exorcist but ranks more closely with The Order. Based on the popular Hellblazer comic book series, and directed with nary a shred of intelligence by music video veteran Francis Lawrence, it's basically The Matrix with swarming demons instead of swarming machines. Keanu Reeves slightly modifies his Matrix persona as John Constantine, who roams the dark-spots of Los Angeles looking for good-evil, angel-devil half-breeds to ensure that "the balance" between God and Satan is properly maintained. An ancient artifact and the detective twin of a woman who committed evil-induced suicide (Rachel Weisz) factor into the plot, which is taken so seriously that you'll want to stand up and cheer when Tilda Swinton swoops down as the cross-dressing angel Gabriel and turns this silliness into the camp-fest it really is. The digital effects are way cool (dig those hellspawn with the tops of their heads lopped off!), so if you don't mind a juvenile lesson in pseudo-Catholic salvation,Constantine is just the movie ...
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Director: Francis Lawrence
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: February 18, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Akiva Goldsman
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2005
Runtime: 2hrs 1min
Studio: Warner Bros.
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