Constantine

Constantine

Blu-ray Disc - 2008
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Supernatural detective John Constantine and policewoman Angela Dodson travel to the world of demons and angels.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781419853142
1419853147
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround sound,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
laser optical,NTSC
video file,Blu-ray video,A,rda
Alternative Title: Hellblazer (Comic strip)

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trevordunfordswife
Oct 03, 2017

For what it is, it ain't bad. Just don't expect Shakespeare!

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lukasevansherman
Oct 29, 2016

Man, those expecting a biopic about the 5th century Roman emperor will be disappointed! This Constatnine is a demon hunter, ably played by Keanu Reeves in the role he called "profitable." Based on a comic called "Hellblazer" (Apparently they changed the title to avoid confusion with "Hellboy."), this is pretty entertaining, pretty silly supernatural action movie. Reeves is trying to get into heaven and so he, like, sends a bunch of demons back to hell. Calling it "theologically highly suspect" (see below) is pretty hilarious, as I don't think anyone involved cared much about theology. Rachel Weisz plays a cop whose twin sister has died, Tilda Swinton is the angel Gabriel, Gavin Rossdale of Bush (and Gwen's ex) is a dapper demon, Shia LaBeouf is Shia LaBeouf, and Peter Stormare is the Devil. The CGI is a little fake looking, but some of the monsters, especially the ones made of insects, are cool. Constantine totally owns that "Angels & Demons" guy. You might also like "Legion" and "End of Days." Director Francis Lawrence would go on to do "I am Legend" and some of the "Hunger Games" films. They also made a TV show out of this.

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tenet
Aug 17, 2016

Rated 4/10.

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Dagrimmreepa
Aug 28, 2015

Just read the comic (Hellblazer). Seriously, it's much better than this trash.

The character has been completely neutered and Americanized (for some reason). Chas has been reduced to a know-nothing kid played by the annoying LeBoof (who personally destroyed Indy 4) or however you spell his name. Gone are the lords of Hell (except a late cameo appearance that makes no sense due to there being zero world building of his domain. He's the lord of ash-world?) or any semblance of actual spiritual world structure, now it's just a random wasteland with guest appearances by the Resident Evil's Lickers.

John Constantine is such a rich, complex personality, with many layers, nuances and quirks. So, of course Hollywood hired an actor with zero range or emotional depth to portray him. Typical.

The only positive thing I have to say is they did a great job with casting Hounsou as Papa Midnite. He's a non-factor in the comic, only appearing for a few issues and dying like a chump. Djimon brings a malevolent gravitas to the role that is greatly appreciated and sorely lacking in the rest of the film.

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kcdave11
Feb 24, 2015

Yep - Saw it again. Better this time even. I Like Reeves a little more than some years back & it "smokes" pretty good considering its a decade old! Original..... The Mexico car scene... kewl... badaboom!

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rslade
Sep 20, 2014

Theologically highly suspect. Lots of gruesome stuff.

Mocha6ft3 May 03, 2012

OUCH!! That's the sound of Constantine and HOMETHEATER!! This movie has some very good sounds as well as characters that helped me make up my mind to add this to my collection. My friend talked a lot while watching this movie with me. Often using four letter words during some of the action scenes. We both liked the way one characters looked and sound. There is a scene where Mr. Reeves meets this creature made up of insects while fighting it on the street. The sound of the insects seperating as a whole and then forming back as the creature had my surrounds buzzing with sound. And my friend saying Oh S - -T!! That was very nice effects. I also liked the kid who finds a part of the spear. When he's hit by a vehicle my friend jumped out of her seat. But this movie has quite a few scenes that are very good for visuals too. I'm giving this movie 4 stars. For very good visual and audio effects, cool looking creatures and demons, cool story, and having my friend curse up a storm. Pepperidge Farm's "Tahiti" cookies, sweet potato pie, whipped cream, and a chocolate and vanilla icecream shake.

Sunnchilde Oct 28, 2011

I liked this movie. It has some high sparkage actors and the story is interesting, but it has a very dark, dismal take on the afterlife. And I don't like that they somehow made the Archangel Gabriel a "bad guy". He's an angel! AND a major one at that! His first and only allegiance would be to God's will, not to his own petty agenda. It just seemed wrong.

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jgrnlees
Jun 11, 2011

I really enjoyed this movie. I'm not a big Keanu Reeves fan, but he was a great choice to play the title character. The rest of the cast was well-chosen, too. The action was well-paced and held my attention throughout. I found it interesting from a religious perspective, too. I'm not Catholic, but I thought it an interesting take on some of the Catholic beliefs.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

I enjoyed this movie. I liked the special effects, the humor throughout the movie, and the acting wasn't to bad. Worth a watch, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see this one again. I would recommend this to fans of the supernatural.

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Sunnchilde Nov 02, 2011

"I'm sorry, I don't believe in the devil."
"You should, he believes in you."

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jgrnlees
Jun 11, 2011

John Constantine: "Like the book says, he works his work in mysterious ways. Some people like it...some people don't."

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Angela Dodson: I guess God has a plan for all of us.
John Constantine: God's a kid with an ant farm, lady. He's not planning anything.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

John Constantine: Angels and Demons can't cross over onto our plane. So, instead we get what I call half-breeds. The influence peddlers. They can only whisper in our ears. But a single word can give you courage, or turn your favorite pleasure into your worst nightmare. Those with the demon's touch like those part angel, living alongside us. They call it the balance. I call it hypocritical bullshit.

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jgrnlees
Jun 11, 2011

jgrnlees thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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jgrnlees
Jun 11, 2011

Violence: Humans fighting demons with demonic powers, gruesome deaths, suicides

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

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.

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