Summary: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer and written by Kevin Brodbin, Mark Bomback and Frank Capello, Constantine tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has literally been to hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister (also played by Weisz), their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldy events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.
I just watched Constantine[/url], you could say I went to the cinema blind, I hadn’t heard of the movie or seen a trailer, had no clue what it was about, who it starred or anything. I quickly checked on my favourite movie site IMDB[/url], but even so there was less than 5 reviews, so there was no information.
On the way in I noticed on the movie poster it starred Keanu Reeves[/url], famous for his wooden acting but seems to somehow carry ‘cool‘ roles very well (See Matrix[/url]), perhaps to do with his ‘emotionless‘ eyes.
This a good movie, as it’s not pretending to be anything else, I’m kind of tired of pretentious wanna-be art movies..It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s thought provoking in some ways (The symbiotic relationship between good and evil, the universal yin-yang). The whole anti-smoking message was a bit in your face, but it was done well and with humour.
I watched the midnight show, which was good, added to the atmosphere, and the cinema was totally packed out, unfortunately the flick cut off a couple of times near the end during some exciting climaxes, but the blackouts were short lived, so it was ok. Was a bit annoying at the time though.
I have to say to date, along with X-men and Spiderman it’s one of the better comic book adaptations.
It’s dark, it’s slick, it’s cool and has some stupid one-liners to bring a smirk to your face (usually revolving biblical references). It has some fairly interesting characters and some well played parts (especially Rachel Weisz). The best part of course is when Constantine gives Satan the finger, that was cool shit.
Make sure you stay till the credits finish though, there is another scene.
All in all, I’d give it a Kung-Fu worth watching 7 out of 10.