She's so good in fact that if the people who made this film wanted to make a faithful adaptation of the Hellblazer comic book, they could have cast her in the role of Kitt, Constantine's one true love. And Djimon Housan, and Tilda Swinton were also great in their small roles. Storyline: John Constantine is approached by Det. In the end, like I said before, you either love it or hate it. He is the ultimate anti-hero, and Reeves deftly takes Constantine from being someone we simply root for to someone we actually like and respect. For starters, I actually thought Keanu was quite good in the role, and it didn't take long to forget drawing comparisons to Neo. The most offensive of these characters is Chaz, who is John Constantine's best friend and is a grown man with kids but he is reduced to a street kid who is basically a lap dog for Constantine to pick on.
All in all, he didn't do too bad. I laughed and winced right along with him, not at him! Judging the movie as an adaptation of the comic book, it's a letdown. There are some major differences between the comic book Hellblazer and the movie, like John Constantine was supposed to be British and resemble a rocker named Sting. He specialty draws the attention of a police detective played by Rachel Weisz, who asks for his help in her investigation of her twin sister's suicide. That being said, I still enjoyed this movie immensely. Shia LeBlouf, like Reeves, could have done a little better.
For one, she does a damn good American accent - I had forgotten that she's British. I'm sure many other reviewers will put this in better words than me, but she really adds a whole new level to this movie. Keanu Reeves plays a very cool Constantine, who is a modern-day exorcist but most certainly not to be confused with a priest, as he has his issues and a burden of sins from his past that he carries with him. I can't believe I'd only seen her in About a Boy before this; her magnetism had almost got me to pick up Confidence and Runaway Jury at the video store which I have not. 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. There was so much crammed into it that every single character and plot point felt underused and ignored -- not one thing was explored deeply enough for my satisfaction.
My first sort-of mistake was going to see Constantine at 11:30 A. Keanu Reeves gives a fantastic turn as John Constantine. I haven't read the comics, but I thought Keanu did a great job with the role. In fact, he is a demon hunter whose sole purpose on Earth is to send demons back to the nether regions. The climax of the film is a major letdown because it just takes all the serious aspects of the film and just tosses them out in favor of a brief Matrix like a gunfight that undercuts the movie's tone and an incoherent ending that leaves more questions than answers.
Unfortunately, the script is so unfocused that it hurts what this film trying to accomplish and the dialog itself lacks conviction for the material itself. I've seen Constantine three times and I enjoy it more each time I watch it! In fact, I'm thinking about going again this weekend at night. The only character in the film that closely resembles the comic book is Papa Midnight, who's really more of an adversary in the comic than the friend he is in the movie. Judging this movie on it's own merits, It's a passable popcorn movie that has a better than deserved performance by Rachel Weisz. I do feel I should advise that this movie has nothing to do with Satanism. At least there's the fantastic Rachel Weisz, so I can't complain further ; Last words: I want to see it again! Needless to say, with such a plot the special effects, acting, sets, script and even wardrobe have to be carefully conceived and executed to make it believable, and they are. The movie is shot beautifully in the way it tries to capture both of the landscapes of good and evil that lives in this film's setting and the special effects does the film justice in its interpretation of hell that looks like an apocalyptic version of downtown Los Angeles, which is the setting of this film by the way.
Plus he relied on his wits to defeat his enemies while the character in the movie has a gadget man who makes him weapons The brass knuckles scene in the movie is a joke because the John Constantine of the comic book can't handle himself well in a fight. The character also had a slick side to him that gave you the impression that he knew more than he let on while the character in the movie is flying by the seat of his pants during the whole film. So basically, the parts here are very interesting and cool and worth a look-see, but the whole just can't service all of them. Even if you're not a Keanu or genre fan, I'd still check this movie out if you like yours truly ; have a thing for gorgeous, talented under-the-radar actresses. The dead woman was a devout Catholic and Angela refuses to accept she would have taken her own life. Peter Stormare was perfect as Satan and my favorite character. I'm definitely very tempted to check out the Hellblazer comics because I really love the mythology and style of the Constantine universe.
. Save the part about demons and angels living on earth. Rachel Weisz on the other hand delivers a strong and moving performance that does deliver the goods but you will end up thinking that she is giving more to the film that it deserves because her performance is way too good for this movie. All the supporting actors yes, Shia LeBeouf included were great, and my only issue is that they didn't get enough screen time to explore their characters further. In fact, he is a demon hunter whose sole purpose on Earth is to send demons back to the nether regions.
The movie stars Keanu Reeves as a gumshoe whose specialty is in dealing with the occult. Her tortured and soulful performance is the best of the film. A terrific story backed up by spectacular special effects and great cinematography pull us into a dark and dangerous world - a world where half-angels and half-demons whisper to us mortals as God and Satan use us as pawns in an apocalyptic game of chess. Pretty darn impressive, if you ask me. The story is based around Catholicism, and it's just how I like my organized religion -- all twisted! I mean, Hell as a parallel dimension to our own world? If Rachel Weisz had not been a part of Constantine I wouldn't have liked it half as much as I did. A suicide that she thinks that is more than it appears to be.
All in all, Constantine was made up of a lot of things that I really love in my movies: detailed fantasy universe, fun characters, good effects and action, and of course, the vulnerable-but-butt kicking woman. Even though I can't deny that this wasn't him at his best, John Constantine is and angry and distant character, so Reeves couldn't display much emotion. Gavin Rossdale was good, playing the bad guy card too perfection. Her performance is easily the most daring and heartfelt of the bunch, and I'd even go as far to call it subtly exquisite. Now being a casual reader of the comic of whom this film is based on, the character of John Constantine is not well represented in this film and the script makes him look like a shill who wants to redemption which is the polar opposite of who the character is in the comic book who only served himself. Yes, she is that good, and she's pretty foreign to genre work but should definitely do more! This one is a must see! Certainly less banal than most movie versions of Hell.
Shia LaBeouf also blew me away. I'm not as hard as a lot of people are on the acting abilities of Keanu Reeves and he does his role well but his performance lacked something here in this film and it felt more phone in than genuine. The cancer subplot in the film only serves as a footnote while in the comic book, it had more of an impact and certain characters who show up in the film are just watered down versions of their comic counterparts. They should have chosen just a few elements of this complex universe and story arc for this movie and left the other stuff for subsequent Hellblazer flicks which I hope there will be! Which is a damn shame. And to my knowledge, it was religiously correct. Critics have been saying that Keanu Reeves' acting was horrible, but I disagree.