Constantine

  • 15
  • Francis Lawrence (2005)
  • Ger / US / Aus
  • 115 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This diluted but visually arresting adaptation of the comic book Hellblazer stars Keanu Reeves as chain-smoking John Constantine, a cancer-ridden exorcist who's condemned to save souls and take on all manner of vile demons on Earth. Rachel Weisz co-stars as a police detective who teams up with Constantine after her apparently deranged twin sister (also played by Weisz) takes a swan dive off a high ledge. Much muttering follows about portals between heaven and Earth, the struggle between good and evil, and there's some silliness involving a relic that's found in the Mexican desert wrapped in a Nazi flag. Ultimately, the script feels like little more than sticky tape holding together the visual effects, but they're very impressive effects indeed, indicating that former pop-video director Francis Lawrence definitely has an eye, if not yet a lick of storytelling sense. And Tilda Swinton is utterly delicious as an androgynous angel.

Plot Summary

Supernatural action fantasy based on the Hellblazer comic book, starring Keanu Reeves as troubled Los Angeles exorcist John Constantine. After young Catholic girl Isabel Dodson commits suicide, Constantine is approached by her grieving twin sister, Angela. As they begin to investigate, they enter a world of the supernatural that sees the pair come face to face with the hidden evil that inhabits the Earth.

Cast and crew

Cast

John Constantine
Keanu Reeves
Angela Dodson / Isabel Dodson
Rachel Weisz
Chas
Shia LaBeouf
Gabriel
Tilda Swinton
Father Hennessy
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Midnite
Djimon Hounsou
Balthazar
Gavin Rossdale
Satan
Peter Stormare
Beeman
Max Baker
Scavenger
Jesse Ramirez
Detective Weiss
José Zuniga
Father Garret
Francis Guinan
Vermin Man
Larry Cedar
Dr Archer
April Grace
Mother
Suzanne Whang

Crew

Director
Francis Lawrence

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 18 Mar 2005
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

Add new comment

Ads by Google