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Movie Review - Constantine
Constantine is a film dealing with religious issues and bible prophecies, but it is all science fictional. We see Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, trying to save the world from hell. Director Francis Lawrence made a great film, with amazing special effects. The story is based on the Hellblazer comic books, but unlike most comics turned into film, this one is actually really good.
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Constantine is special and he can see things normal people can't, like demons and other creatures from hell Because no one believed him when he was a young boy, he was hospitalized and people, even his own parents, thought he was mentally ill. As a teenager he committed suicide, but came back after being physically dead for 2 minutes. But because suicide is a sin, he will now be going to hell when he dies. To try and redeem himself and work his way back into heaven he uses his gift to do good in the world. He does exorcisms on people who are possessed by demons. He has several friends who help him on this mission. His taxi driver Chaz, played by Shia LeBeouf, who drives him around town, and is dying to get in on the action and do some good deeds of his own. Another friend knows everything there is to know about bugs, and is also a bible expert and provides Constantine with all sorts of unusual weapons, like dragon's breath. The film starts when Constantine performs another exorcism which turns out to be a bit out of the ordinary, the demon that is possessing the victim is trying to escape into this world and that has never happened before. With the help of his friends Constantine finds out that the son of Lucifer is trying to get into the earthly world, so he can rule it. It all starts with a suicide by Isabel Dodson (played by Rachel Weisz), who also saw things. Her twin sister Angela Dodson (also played by Rachel Weisz) doesn't believe it is a suicide, as Isabel was a devote Catholic and would never kill herself and risk going to hell. Together they try to figure out the grand plan, try not to get killed, and possibly even stop Lucifer's son from entering the world. The film is full of biblical references and figures, but it is never disrespectful of religion. There is Gabriel, the arch angel, played by Tilda Swinton. I think she is a great actress and once again she does a great job in this film, she is very believable as an out of this world holy creature. There is Gavin Rossdale who plays the half demon Balthazar. A very unsympathetic character, but well played by Gavin Rossdale. Djimoun Hounsou plays Papa Midnite, a shady club owner, whose club is neutral territory for creatures from heaven and hell. Keanu Reeves is the tough and serious guy, and he does an ok job. Rachel Weisz does well too. And then there is Peter Stormare who plays the devil very well, together with Tilda Swinton they were my two favorite characters. The special effects in the film are quite impressive. There is the demon who bursts into bugs, the demon who possesses the girl in the first scene, and a very impressive hell scene. Lots of action for everyone. I would totally recommend this film, it is interesting, different, action-packed and will make you think. The end comes as a bit of a surprise and is not predictable, which is always a good thing.