DVD 121 mins IMDB 6.5 (26,388 votes)
R
Constantine
Warner Bros. (2005)
In Collection
#286

My Rating:
6

Seen It:
Yes
(7/22/2005 )

Owner:
John Wood
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
USA  /  English

Keanu Reeves John Constantine
Djimon Hounsou Midnite
Shia LaBeouf Chas
Gavin Rossdale Balthazar
Peter Stormare Satan
Tilda Swinton Gabriel
Pruitt Taylor-Vince
Rachel Weisz Angela Dodson/Isabel Dodson
Max Baker Beeman
Pruitt Taylor Vince Father Hennessy
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

Director Francis Lawrence; Francis Lawrence (II)
Producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura; Lauren Shuler Donner; Akiva Goldsman; Benjamin Melniker; Erwin Stoff; Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Writer Kevin Brodbin; Frank Cappello; Jamie Delano; Garth Ennis; Frank A. Cappello
Cinematography Philippe Rousselot
Musician Klaus Badelt; Brian Tyler
User Credit 1 Wayne Wahrman
User Credit 2 Louise Frogley

In the grand scheme of theological thrillers, Constantine aspires for the greatness of The Exorcist but ranks more closely with The Order. Based on the popular Hellblazer comic book series, and directed with nary a shred of intelligence by music video veteran Francis Lawrence, it's basically The Matrix with swarming demons instead of swarming machines. Keanu Reeves slightly modifies his Matrix persona as John Constantine, who roams the dark-spots of Los Angeles looking for good-evil, angel-devil half-breeds to ensure that "the balance" between God and Satan is properly maintained. An ancient artifact and the detective twin of a woman who committed evil-induced suicide (Rachel Weisz) factor into the plot, which is taken so seriously that you'll want to stand up and cheer when Tilda Swinton swoops down as the cross-dressing angel Gabriel and turns this silliness into the camp-fest it really is. The digital effects are way cool (dig those hellspawn with the tops of their heads lopped off!), so if you don't mind a juvenile lesson in pseudo-Catholic salvation, Constantine is just the movie for you! --Jeff Shannon

Edition Details
Barcode 085393894221
Region Region 1
Release Date 7/19/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
18 Minutes of Additional Scenes Including an Alternate Ending
Theatrical Trailer
Exclusive DVD-ROM Content
Personal Details
Purchase Date 7/22/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Hell wants him. Heaven won't take him. Earth needs him.
Links DVD Empire
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Amazon US

Notes
Trivia: 'Shia LeBouef' was recommended to producer Akiva Goldsman for the role of Chaz by Will Smith following his impressive performance in I, Robot. The three of them worked in that film, with Smith and Goldsman as producers. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When John is giving Angela the "crash course" on Hell, he holds her underwater with his left hand from his view. However, from Angela's view, he is using his right. The hand being used consistently alternates throughout the scene. (more)

Quotes:
[first lines]
Father Hennessy: John, I think I found you one.
(more)

Awards: 4 nominations (more)