Hell wants him. Heaven won't take him. Earth needs him.
The wager between heaven and hell is on Earth
|Year Filmed:||2003-4 (started in December 2003)|
|Writers:||Jamie Delano & Garth Ennis ("Hellblazer")|
Kevin Brodbin (story)
Kevin Brodbin & Frank A. Cappello (screenplay)
|Script:||Early Production Draft (2002)|
|Keanu Reeves||John Constantine|
|Rachel Weisz||Angela Dodson / Isabel Dodson|
|Shia LaBeouf||Chas Kramer|
|Pruitt Taylor Vince||Father Henessy|
|José Zúñiga||Detective Weiss|
|Francis Guinan||Father Garret|
|Larry Cedar||Vermin Man|
|April Grace||Dr. Leslie Archer|
Supernatural detective John Constantine was born with the ability to see the angels and demons that walk amongst humankind. Trying to work his way back into Heaven after a childhood attempt at suicide set him on the path to Hell, he works as an exorcist on Earth, ridding the planet of creatures that don't quite belong here. Policewoman Angela Dodson enlists his help in investigating the supposed suicide of her twin sister, and this eventually leads off into a series of other events GAH I SUCK AT SUMMARIES.
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|I wonder (2009-07-14 01:30:49)|
Forum Posts: 4799
|... why is it that I can't write reviews for the movies I really like ? Mumbling and err-ing and waving my hands and ending with "just watch it, really watch it" is not a proper review. Not quite.
What can I say about this movie ? Hellblazer it ain't. not even close. But couldn't have said that if it wasn't for the movie itself. Because this is the movie which made me read comics. It added the final straw on what Sin City and 300 started. And when the first comic book one ever picks up is Hellblazer... the world suddenly seems a totally different place. Especially if one reads 234 comics issues in three weeks...
I repeat, the movie is not Hellblazer. It's mostly a watered-down loose adaptation of it. Of the story, I mean.
The comics were one thing, and the movie adds a new dimension to it. Can't help but notice the differences between the two mediums, and how the story works in both of them... while in the comics the story is usually a first-person narration, what Lawrence and Keanu gave us was an apparently silent character, whose inner thoughts could be at best guessed, but never known.
And the fanboys are right, this is not 'their' Constantine. Not exactly the one in the comics. It's rather an alternate version of the character. But while his back story is less grittier than the one given to him by Jamie Delano, he can be even more noble than how Paul Jenkins wrote him... and for whomever read the comics, that says a lot. "that" Constantine would scheme and plan and plot. "this" Constantine , when faced with the inevitable, literally says "to hell with it", and makes his death really count. was it an elaborate con? was it an altruistic impulse ? take your bets ;)
And that's the beauty of it.
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