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Constantine (2005)

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Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

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Francis Lawrence

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Jamie Delano (comic book "Hellblazer"), Garth Ennis (comic book "Hellblazer") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... John Constantine
Rachel Weisz ... Angela Dodson / Isabel Dodson
Shia LaBeouf ... Chas Kramer
Djimon Hounsou ... Midnite
Max Baker ... Beeman
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Father Hennessy
Gavin Rossdale ... Balthazar
Tilda Swinton ... Gabriel
Peter Stormare ... Satan
Jesse Ramirez ... Scavenger
José Zúñiga ... Detective Weiss (as Jose Zuniga)
Francis Guinan ... Father Garret
Larry Cedar ... Vermin Man
April Grace ... Dr. Leslie Archer
Suzanne Whang ... Mother
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Storyline

John Constantine is approached by Det. Angela Dodson who needs his help to prove that her twin sister Isabel's death was not a suicide. The dead woman was a devout Catholic and Angela refuses to accept she would have taken her own life. She's asked Constantine for help because he has a reputation for dealing with the mystical. In fact, he is a demon hunter whose sole purpose on Earth is to send demons back to the nether regions. John himself has been to Hell and knows that he is destined to return there on his death - but hopes his good deeds may find him a place in Heaven. As he looks into Isabel's death, he realizes demons are trying to break through to the human world, and his battles lead him into a direct conflict with Satan. Written by garykmcd

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Hell wants him. Heaven won't take him. Earth needs him. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and demonic images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

18 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Constantine: Hellblazer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,624,407, 18 February 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,976,178, 16 June 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$230,884,728, 8 January 2006
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Monaghan: She can be seen briefly in the hospital scene as the one who exclaims, "Holy Water!" Her character, Ellie, originally had a larger role, but her scenes can be found in the deleted scenes section of the DVD. See more »

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By the end of the movie when John's hair is all wet, his hair constantly changes between takes and scenes -- sometimes it's just wet, and sometimes it's stuck to his forehead. See more »

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[first lines]
Scavenger #2: Manuel.
[Scavenger continues to walk away in a trance]
Scavenger #2: Manuel!
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Fantastic effects + decent story = It works people!
25 August 2005 | by MinorityReporterSee all my reviews

Despite what people say this film is actually quite good. Sure it had some flaws and the story kind of dragged on but the effects were very good and the acting (which is pretty amazing) didn't suck. Keanu wasn't as bad as he usually is and Rachel Weisz does a very good job with what I think is a well written part. The must annoying actor in the film is in my opinion not Keanu but Tilda Swinton. The actor who I felt brought most passion and enthusiasm to his role was Peter Stormare who obviously enjoyed playing Satan and the scenes with him are admittedly some of the most interesting in the film and even though he is only on screen for something like 5 - 10 minutes he should almost be credited as a main character thats how good he is.

Now story wise the film had some issues but they weren't as serious as many people claim they are. As I stated previously the film does drag a little and it does take a long time for the film to actually reveal its point but its the little things that are really interesting. The exorcism scene is very well done and the effects are generally very well made. Effects doesn't make a film, however, and in spite of the issues the film actually succeeds in telling the story it wants to and the ending is indeed a climax.

I haven't read the comics so I didn't really have any expectations when I saw the film. I have heard that the avid fans of the comic books complained that Keanu Reeves doesn't fit the role. That might be true but to me he really didn't seem that bad. He still has a very clear well defined body language which I feel makes up for his monotonous voice (at least to some degree). I went in to the cinema and saw the film with an open mind which is what I advise future viewers to do and not rely too heavily on what the critics say.

All in all an excellent film

8/10


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