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Constantine (2005)

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Supernatural exorcist and demonologist 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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Beside being addicted to smoking cigarettes, Constantine is seen drinking "Ardbeg" - an Islay single malt Scotch whisky, with a powerful smokey flavor. See more »

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Near the end, when Kramer is proceeding to place the blessed cross into the emergency sprinkler system, he shoots a hole into a section of the top of the tank. Firstly, it is highly unlikely he would be able to blast a perfect circular hole into a (steel?) water tank meant to supply a building's fire sprinkler system with a shotgun, even with magnum buckshot or special blessed rounds. Secondly, if he was able to, the diameter of the hole Kramer actually makes is nowhere near wide enough for the cross to fit, no matter how he manipulates it. Hence, the camera simply cuts away to the cross dropping into the tank. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scavenger #2: Manuel.
[Scavenger continues to walk away in a trance]
Scavenger #2: Manuel!
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The logos for Warner Bros, Village Roadshow Pictures, and DC/Vertigo Comics all appear, smolder and crumble in the hell setting. See more »


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Take Five
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Performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
Used by arrangement with Derry Music Company
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The anti-hero in us all.
8 February 2005 | by prouddogSee all my reviews

Constantine was the Roman emperor who recognized Christianity and made if possible for the Church to move from the underground into the public arena. He did it out of convenience, thinking that it would be easier to work with the Christian church than try to fight it. He lived most of his life as a ruthless leader who gave the orders to kill even members of his family. Constantine accomplished much good in his life, even though he had what most would say were impure motives.

But the Roman Constantine is not the same as the same-named title character of the new film, "Constantine," from DC-Vertigo Comics and Warner Brothers Pictures. Or is he? John Constantine, from the comic novels "Hellblazer," is doomed to hell when he dies. His situation may be hopeless, but he operates as if he could buy his way into heaven by doing enough good by removing enough evil from the world. He's a chain-smoking, hard-drinking, rude and uncaring man who is the hero of our film.

Angela Dodson is a pure-hearted, loving sister who is seeking the truth to her twin sister, Isabel's, death. It would seem she has nothing but the best motives, but conflicted people and incongruous motives are what make this movie interesting.

Interesting questions surrounding the death of Jesus Christ, the existence of demons on Earth, the ultimate destination of our soul when we die and even the perfect lack of all evil in angels are woven into a screen adaptation of a character and story with a cult following. It seems as though this ambiguity regarding good and evil may exist in film as well as real life. In "Constantine," it is not good verses evil -- but rather it is good and evil taking turns messing things up and making them better. In life the rule seems to be strangely similar. John Constantine's ability to do good without pure motives may give hope to the rest of us who regularly do things for all the wrong reasons.

The visuals and the sound presentation in this film are wonderful. Philippe Rousselot's cinematography and Brian Tyler and Klaus Badelt's energetic soundtrack are masterful. The acting, however, is only adequate. Keanu Reaves has long since learned how to play Keanu Reaves. He continues with what he knows best. Shia LaBeouf, after a similar role in "I, Robot," is becoming quite an accomplished "plucky sidekick" too. But the standout in this film is the emotional and endearing performance by Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson. The movie is one worth seeing aside from her presence, but Weisz's performance take it from a "see it if you like action movies" recommendation to a "see it to admire Rachel Weisz's performance" endorsement.

Constantine is rated "R" for demonic images and violence. It opens in theatres February 18.


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