Pros:good story, action packed, perfect role for Reeves, has Rachel Weisz
Cons:chemistry between Reeves and Weisz, minimal dialogue
The Bottom Line: An above average action film for lovers of the supernatural genre. Heaven vs. Hell, with all of mankind stuck in the middle.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.
Recommend this product?
Let's cut to the chase. Constantine was a good movie, and well worth seeing if you are into supernatural thrillers. It has a lot to offer to moviegoers, and it is very action-packed. Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz star as the two lead characters, and they do well in their roles as the carry the movie from beginning to end. Having said that, I recommend seeing this film, and I thought that it was well worth the price of seeing it in the theaters. With all of that being said, lets break down how I came to my final assessment of the movie, and why exactly I thought that it was a good film. With the tagline, "Hell wants him. Heaven won't take him. Earth needs him.", we knew that we were in for the type of film that would take a lot of imagination to suspend the disbelief in order to become enveloped in the story. Meaning, simply, that we are dealing with a film based on characters and events that a majority of us dont deal with on a daily basis. Not an easy task sometimes, but I think Constantine really succeeded in its methods.
Constantine is actually based on a DC Comic, about a supernatural detective named John Constantine. He really isn't a detective in the true sense of the word, but more of an exorcist who removes demons from our world. He is sort of a balance-keeper between heaven and hell, and helps maintain the rules for those who have risen, and those who have fallen. Not an easy task to say the least, and he is often faced with creatures that would only inhabit our nightmares. Reeves takes on this lead role, as a character that could have been written especially for him. He only talks every so often, and the lines that he is given are quick, or are one-liners that provoke emotions in the scenes he participates in. So, the role was perfect for Reeves, and he does a great job with the character. The depth of the lead isn't really there, but the back-story of what Constantine is doing makes up for everything that Reeves can't say out loud. It is sort of a give and take, where we have an actor who doesn't need to talk much, playing a character that uses emotions rather than words to express himself.
With demons suddenly appearing on our realm, when in the past, they hadn't been able to do that, Constantine begins to worry that something "big" is about to hit Earth. He has no idea what that might be, and ends up working with a female detective who seems to be hunted by these demons he keeps coming across. She is the twin sister of a girl who has killed herself, and is played by Rachel Weisz. Most people remember Weisz from her roles in the two most recent Mummy movies. I think that she was good in this role, but when it came to the on-screen chemistry between her and Reeves, I felt that there was something missing from it. You can never quite put your finger on it, because they have good rapport with their dialogue, but in scenes where there is attempted "romantic thoughts", it ends up falling flat. It wasn't really that big of a deal for this film, but it becomes obvious to the audience as the film progresses. With Weisz and Reeves teaming up to fight evil at every turn we have a film that simply boils down to good vs. evil.
Constantine is really a movie about what keeps the balance between heaven and hell, and less about what the main characters must do. They become pawns in a much bigger game of cat and mouse between God and Satan, and they are left to figure out just what the right path is. Evil is everywhere in the city of Los Angeles, and Keanu Reeves is quite good at acting out scenes that must have been entirely shot on green screens. I think his work on the Matrix films really paid off here, developing an ability to act without any scenery. For the "cool" factor, there were a few scenes where Los Angeles is shown as the backdrop for Hell, and it attempts to show just how painful it is for a soul to be sent there. I was actually very impressed at the originality that was used in the shooting of those scenes, and how nothing was sugar coated for the audience. Constantine was a good film, but I have to stop there, and can't quite call it a great film. There are very interesting scenes, and the film keeps your attention with great action right up until the end, BUT when everything is said and done, its an action movie that you probably won't need to see a second time. Return viewing is usually what ends up making or breaking a movie, and I think in that department, Constantine fails. With a ton of violent scenes, this one isn't for children, but if you like movies about the supernatural, then this one is geared specifically for you.
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Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age