- Actors: Shia La Beouff, Tilda Swinton, Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou
- Directors: Francis Lawrence
- Writers: Kevin Brodbin, Frank Cappello
- Format: NTSC, Subtitled
- Language: English, French
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
- Release Date: Oct. 14 2008
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001FBV55W
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,291 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Constantine (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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In the grand scheme of theological thrillers, Constantine aspires for the greatness of The Exorcist but ranks more closely with The Order. Based on the popular Hellblazer comic book series, and directed with nary a shred of intelligence by music video veteran Francis Lawrence, it's basically The Matrix with swarming demons instead of swarming machines. Keanu Reeves slightly modifies his Matrix persona as John Constantine, who roams the dark-spots of Los Angeles looking for good-evil, angel-devil half-breeds to ensure that "the balance" between God and Satan is properly maintained. An ancient artifact and the detective twin of a woman who committed evil-induced suicide (Rachel Weisz) factor into the plot, which is taken so seriously that you'll want to stand up and cheer when Tilda Swinton swoops down as the cross-dressing angel Gabriel and turns this silliness into the camp-fest it really is. The digital effects are way cool (dig those hellspawn with the tops of their heads lopped off!), so if you don't mind a juvenile lesson in pseudo-Catholic salvation, Constantine is just the movie for you! --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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So what's this all about? Well, John Constantine has this gift (or curse) to see and interact with creatures from both heaven and hell; he's already been to hell and back once - literally - and therein lies his biggest problem. Since he did commit suicide, he's not eligible for a ticket to heaven later on - and this second life he was given is hurtling toward an impending end thanks to all those cigarettes he's chain-smoked for years. He's content to go his own moping way, dealing with particularly difficult exorcisms when called upon and generally just bemoaning his awful fate. Then a female cop (Rachel Weisz) shows up asking for his help; her sister supposedly committed suicide, but she doesn't believe it. Both Rachel and her sister were pretty special, for they could also see the things Constantine sees (although it takes some rather intense training for Constantine to reawaken those abilities in his new, temporary partner). It soon seems obvious that something big is going down. More and more demons are trying to cross into our world, violating a big treaty between God and Lucifer (who would have thought that demons couldn't be trusted?), and that just doesn't bode well for anybody. Before you know it, special effects are coming at you left and right, and the birth of the Antichrist is almost at hand.
Now, you're probably thinking that old Mr. Pitchfork himself is behind the whole Antichrist thing - but that ain't necessarily so. The movie manages to throw in a couple of small surprises toward the end (although it certainly breaks no new ground in showing Lucifer as a really stupid being). I really hated the characterization of the angel Gabriel, though. First off, I just don't see Gabriel as a woman, but more importantly, this Gabriel comes across as a far from superior being. This isn't the first time we've seen a Gabriel who hated and conspired against humans (out of jealousy), but Constantine's Gabriel is a far cry from a similar archangel in, for example, The Prophecy.
The plot of this movie isn't all that bad, but it could have been told much more effectively. If you're not into this kind of weird subject matter, you may look upon the story as little more than an excuse to throw some impressive special effects together. I'm giving Constantine a somewhat tentative four stars, but I'm sure there are a good many people who won't enjoy the film very much at all.
Mean time he, due to his accident he has the ability to see angles and demons. Even though he is conceited and knows where he will be going he still finds time to do some good for mankind and in the process send a few demons back where they came from.
Something has gone horribly wrong with the balance. And with the aid of his young sidekick and a medium that is well done by (Rachel Weisz) he intends to get to the nature of the problem.
The character of Constantine comes from the DC comic world and has been modified a tad to fit a movie with a beginning middle and end.
I could not help but notice Tilda Swinton who played Gabriel. She made you feel that you were watching a first class movie.
The only redeeming feature of value of the movie is not the movie it's self but the audio track that explains wheat they are trying to do in the making of the movie. In fact you could just bypass the movie and listen to the voice over audio instead and save yourself two hours.
I think I should have watched the two disk version as even with the audio track they refer to many things that are not in the movie.
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Intense, cynical John Constantine "sees things"--has done since his elementary-school days. He was institutionalized in his teens & manged to kill himself--which means he's got just 1 place to go...The titular Constantine lives in a world almost none of us ever visit--but he's got more'n one dirty little secret: also, he's about to exit our world, for good...
Throw in pale-skinned, blonde-haired, slender Tilda Swinton ( Gabriel), lovely, serious, russet-haired Rachel Weisz (as an L.A.P.D. detective & eventually, Constantine's nominal client), Peter Stormare (a white-suited "southern Gentleman"--version of Lucifer), Shia Lebouf (an L.A. cabbie obsessed with Witchcraft & Demonism, & who's John's faithful apprentice), Djimon Hounsou (a latter-day African Witch-doctor, who runs a nightclub), Max Baker (an insect-obsessed academic/ gear-fixer-upper) & a greasy, dapper, malicious Max Baker (1/2-demon Balthazar--causing all kinds of...well, H#ll) & you have a cool ensemble cast that spins a cool yarn.
Set in a World where the general tenets of Judeao-Christian spirituality is as literal & far-reaching ("...the world behind the world... behind every door & window... ") as the criminal code, this story sees the titular John Constantine riding through the streets of L.A., like a berserk immigration detective, deporting demi-demon's "sorry asses" back to you-know-where...
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