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Van Helsing is in the world to rid all evil, even if not everyone agrees with him. The Vatican sends the monster hunter and his ally, Carl, to Transylvania. They have been sent to this land to stop the powerful Count Dracula. Whilst there they join forces with a Gypsy Princess called Anna Valerious, who is determined to end an ancient curse on her family by destroying the vampire. They just don't know how! Written by
The scene of Carl loading up Gabriel with gear to fight the vampires is a tribute to the routine in most James Bond movies where Q arms Bond with all the latest technological gadgets for the next mission. Hugh Jackman was reported to be in the running to play James Bond at the time. See more »
Carl, at least twice in the movie, indicates that he's not a Monk but "just a Friar," the implication seeming to be that Friar is one step to becoming a Monk, which is untrue, they are two separate vocations in the Catholic Church. Monks live in self-sufficient, cloistered communities. Friars live, work, and minister among the people.
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This is a very "Stephen Sommers" film, were you not to know it is the same
director as the Mummy you would guess it within 20 minutes. However it
should be pointed out that this is not a bad thing at all.
The movie is a rip roaring adventure with some wonderful camp humour and
great special effects.
The plot consists of Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) being part of a special
order of the Vatican to kill all unhuman / evil creatures, so amazingly he
is sent of to Transylvania where he is to kill Dracula, the sub plot being
that Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) is the last in the line of a family
who's mission for centuries has been to kill Dracula themselves. If Anna
dies before Dracula, being the last in the line will condemn the whole
family to eternal damnation.
While the plot isn't the strongest in the world, it actually doesn't make
any difference as the special effects and incredible pace of the film
doesn't really give you much chance to contemplate any deeper meanings or
The poster campaign has featured heavily on this film containing Dracula,
Wolfman and Frankenstein's monster, though there are other wonderful
characters which make the film an even bigger joy to watch for example
and Dr Jekyll with the former character becoming a wonderful stereotype of
the hunchbacked laboratory assistant.
Strangely, the chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale doesn't
have the same spark or passion as Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz in the
Mummy saga, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the two characters
are not the typical leading man and lady who will obviously fall in love,
which again gives this film quite a refreshing edge.
David Wenham as Carl, a friar sent to look after Van Helsing gives the
comedy edge with wonderful one liners and a constant cheeky glint in his
The monsters themselves are a perfect homage to Hammer Horror / Boris
Karloff films although I personally found Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) a
little bit too camp and less evil although his character was certainly a
more evil Dracula than has been seen recently.
His 3 brides are possible the surprise highlight of the film turning from
beautiful women to gargoyle-like creatures in a split second are a joy to
watch in every sense of the word.
The wolfman metamorphosis is (as has been reported) an incredible piece of
special effects, with the victim tearing off his skin to reveal fur and
versa throughout the change. But the important thing here is the word
Stephen Sommers has kept very close to the original stories portraying the
wolfman as a helpless victim "it's not his fault, he can't help it" and
is no truer than in the excellent portrayal of Frankensteins Monster
Hensley) who as written by Mary Shelley is not an evil creature out for
destruction, but more a lost soul out simply to be able to
My only complaint would be that some of the CGI effects take over. While
Sommers has obviously learnt from the travesty that was the CGI Scorpion
King, there are times when characters are swinging from walls and ropes
you feel you are watching an animation rather than a live film. However,
because these effects are also extremely well done, it is more of a
criticism on the viewer who has obviously been spoilt with such effects
The pastiges of this film are truly a joy, with references to James Bond
a highly enjoyable scene about selecting weapons), X-men, Matrix, Aliens,
Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Rocky Horror and countless other more obvious
Hugh Jackman (finally deserving his first lead role) is incredible and
role shows what a fantastic (and without doubt one of Hollywoods hunkiest)
actors he is. This is truly his film and deservedly so, not that he ever
wasn't in my eyes, but this film has now made him one of the industries
This is an adventure of a film which all ages will enjoy and I highly
recommend it, there isn't time to find fault as the pace will have you on
the edge of your seat from start to finish.
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