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. She comes to Constantine in search of an answer on where Isabel has ended up following her apparent suicide. Constantine achieves what all great movies always do: it takes you into another world that makes you forget everything about your own world the whole time you are watching it. 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. And really, in the end, isn't that what great cinema is all about? The movie stars Keanu Reeves as a gumshoe whose specialty is in dealing with the occult. 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.
I've seen Constantine three times and I enjoy it more each time I watch it! Throughout the film I kept thinking to myself what I would've done differently. 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. He infuses Constantine with a grim sense of purpose and dark humor. But I've never read the comics, so I can't complain about these contradictions. Certainly less banal than most movie versions of Hell. 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.
Constantine is a very realistic and human hero who is devoid of superpowers but has all the cool gadgets and the kick-ass attitude needed to survive in a world slowly being invaded by demons and scheming angels. A suicide that she thinks that is more than it appears to be. I mean, Hell as a parallel dimension to our own world? Rachel Weisz was the star of the movie, giving a heartfelt performance. Her performance is easily the most daring and heartfelt of the bunch, and I'd even go as far to call it subtly exquisite. And Djimon Housan, and Tilda Swinton were also great in their small roles.
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. Gavin Rossdale was good, playing the bad guy card too perfection. 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. If Rachel Weisz had not been a part of Constantine I wouldn't have liked it half as much as I did. 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.
And to my knowledge, it was religiously correct. 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. I laughed and winced right along with him, not at him! I haven't read the comics, but I thought Keanu did a great job with the role. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. He added a bit of humor to his demonic role. Shia LeBlouf, like Reeves, could have done a little better. With his soul already damned to hell, he';;;s decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray when an old friend';;;s daughter becomes the target of supernatural forces.
He fights the good fight - or at least he did. Pretty darn impressive, if you ask me. . 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. That being said, I still enjoyed this movie immensely.
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. He meets Angela Rachel Wiesz after she loses her sister, Isabel to the forces of evil. 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. I do feel I should advise that this movie has nothing to do with Satanism. 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'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. 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. Yes, she is that good, and she's pretty foreign to genre work but should definitely do more! 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. Shia LaBeouf also blew me away. In due time, they both will encounter what lies under the surface of their world which is inhabited by both the angels of heaven and the demons of the underworld who are both fighting their own war for the fate of mankind.
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. Which is a damn shame. The major problem with the film, I feel, was bringing all of its elements together. All in all, he didn't do too bad. The story is based around Catholicism, and it's just how I like my organized religion -- all twisted! 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. 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. 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.