Constantine – Give Satan the Finger

Hell wants him. Heaven won’t take him. Earth needs him.

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.

Yes this awesome pic is an original artwork by me, no really it sucks, I just stuck the text from the movie website[/url] onto a screen grab from the movie.

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.

Angel Gabriel was great, played by the crazy hippy chick from The Beach[/url], Tilda Swinton.

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.

Satan was pretty good, a bit weird and scary but not cool or handsome enough, Pacino’s[/url] was still the best in Devil’s Advocate[/url] (great movie).

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.

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15 Responses to Constantine – Give Satan the Finger

  1. JxT2J February 16, 2005 at 2:45 am #

    Good movie eh ? I’m gonna take your word for it. Will grab the DVD as soon as it’s available.

  2. deborah February 16, 2005 at 3:17 am #

    Hie,

    Found your site via PPS. I’ve written a short review regarding Constantine too. Do check it out at my site..

  3. cccp February 16, 2005 at 3:50 am #

    i thought al pacino was the devil in devil’s advocate? he was the best! btw, keanu was in that devil’s advocate too… interesting

  4. Paul Tan February 16, 2005 at 3:59 am #

    heheh. i think the part where satan pulled out the tar from john’s lungs was funny.

  5. cayce February 16, 2005 at 4:51 am #

    Another scene after the credits?? Sheessh!!.. No thanks to the Kuching cinemas here because they always cut off the credits to cram in the audience for the next movie. Enjoyed Constantine too. Yes, Keanu may have a one-track acting style but it’s pretty cool when done in the right movies!

  6. kimberlycun February 16, 2005 at 6:25 am #

    thank gawd for a good movie to start the new year (hope it stays like that through the year) no dissapointments at all…..loved the tongue-in-cheek comebacks from keanu and the blatant anti-smoking campaign

  7. Reta February 16, 2005 at 9:33 am #

    i wouldnt mind watching it again too… =)

  8. ShaolinTiger February 16, 2005 at 1:03 pm #

    Keanu despite his lack of innate acting ability has been in some great movies for his sheer coolness.

  9. TheGreatFaggot February 16, 2005 at 11:18 pm #

    cibais watched without me :/

  10. KY February 17, 2005 at 10:25 pm #

    yah, De Niro was never Satan, nor was he in Devil’s Advocate. I still prefer that movie over Constantine, with all the computer graphics, Constantine still can’t beat Devil’s Advocate in visual.

    You just have to get the original version to check out Charlize’s titties to know what I mean. 😛

    Anyhow, it is still a good flick

  11. ShaolinTiger February 17, 2005 at 11:07 pm #

    Pacino De Niro, all the same to me 😛

    Always mix the two up, and yeah I saw the original…hubba hubba

  12. Scott February 18, 2005 at 9:51 pm #

    Tiger, whats the extra scene about?

  13. earl-ku February 20, 2005 at 11:43 am #

    yeah i remember devils advocate a few years back, i think it was 98 or 99

    i remembered the last scene where the satan offered him a ciggarette …

  14. Fieran February 25, 2005 at 6:08 am #

    Hey, what last scene after the credits? Explain 🙂

  15. ShaolinTiger February 27, 2005 at 10:16 pm #

    The scene was Constantine visiting Chaz’s grave, putting down his Zippo on the headstone (signifying he’s cleaning up his act) and saying “You did good, kid.” Then he turned and walked away. As he was walking away there was a sound. It was Chaz, and he has sprouted wings.

    I think he was an angel all the way through, but I’m not sure..