In 2005, there was a movie that came along that changed everything we thought we knew about comic book movies. That film was Batman Begins…and Sin City…and V for Vendetta…and Fantastic Four…and CONSTANTINE! Based on the Hellblazer comic from DC, John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is some sort of exorcist that is loosely tied to the church who acts as a mercenary in the invisible fight between good and evil. Although the lines between good and evil may not be as solid as you thought…
Ultimately, this was a pretty fun movie to rewatch. Keanu plays his lovable, flawed, down-on-his-luck hero oh so well. I’m not historically a Rachel Weisz fan, but she does a fine job as Angela/Isabel Dodson, a cop who is using John to get to the bottom of her twin sister’s murder/suicide. Shia LeBoeuf does a great job as the quintessential sidekick. Tilda Swinton plays Gabriel, the half-angel that is looking to bring an end to the war, one way or another. Gavin Rossdale surprisingly steals the show as Balthazar the half-demon who is trying to facilitate the invasion of earth by the son of Satan. Now, we don’t meet the son of Satan, but we do meet the Prince of Darkness himself, played by none other that Peter Stormare. Add to that some fun characters played by Djimon Hounsou and Pruitt Taylor Vince, and this movie has all of the ingredients for a solid film, and it gets there. But just barely. I don’t know what could have been done differently, but this ended up being a C+, when it could have been an A.
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