Constantine is a 2005 supernatural fantasy thriller, starring Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) and Rachel Weisz. Francis Lawrence makes his feature length directorial début and this movie was actually released on the 8th of February in Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong, 8 days before its Hollywood première. Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer and written by Kevin Brodbin, Mark Bomback and Frank Capello, there was eager anticipation for this big-screen adaptation, and having grossed approximately $230,427,240 million worldwide it’s safe to say that the customer was satisfied.
John Constantine (Reeves) is a man with a very powerful gift; he sees demons walking the earth in human form also known as “half breeds” and performs exorcisms for the greater good and to keep demons at bay. Unfortunately he only has the horrors of hell to look forward to when he passes away, due to committing suicide as a youngster and officially being dead for two minutes, he went to hell temporarily because suicide is a sin. So now he is working to get back in Gods good books, and hoping that if enough good is done, he can go to heaven when his time’s up. When police officer Angela Dodson seeks his help because she believes there was something supernatural behind her sisters suicide, they embark on a mission that sees them doing battle with demons and a potential encounter with the son of the devil.
I really liked Constantine, which came as a surprise to me, as I thought the initial concept (when brought to screen) would result in a disastrous flop. Keanu Reeves can act very well, within certain roles. He can be poor in others. In the case of Constantine he was very good, and his screen presence was very noticeable as he took control and embraced the character. The special effects for this film were very good, and I thought the script was handled very well, giving both Reeves and Weisz some very entertaining one liner’s and great one liners. I think special credit should go to Rachel Weisz who steered the film away from cheesy comic book film, and brought some very powerful acting that gave the film a pedestal to stand on when compared with films such as Blade, yet I still didn’t think it was of the same standard as V for Vendetta.