John Constantine has been to hell and back. Born with a gift he didn’t want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living.
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense/Horror, Thriller and Adaptation
Running Time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Release Date: February 18th, 2005 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for violence and demonic images.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor-VinceÃ‚Â
Constantine comes straight out of the somewhat obscure comic book Hellblazer. This film is really geared to a specific audience, and even in that realm, the good and bad are quite intertwined. The concept, the overall plot of the movie, is interesting. Audiences will be left wondering what the clues mean and where the story is going.Ã‚Â Most of the action scenes and special effects are cool enough to keep fans of this genre entertained.
Some of the jokes and interactions feel a little out of placeand that’s mainly because there’s almost no insight into any of the characters besides Constantine. Constantine has some depth to him, but literally no one else seems to have a past or real motivation including the main “bad guys”. There’s no good climax to the movie for some reason either.
All that being said, those who really enjoy these types of supernatural thrillers should probably see this because they will be entertained when it’s all said and done.