Constantine

Theatrical Release: February 18, 2005
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Synopsis

Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is a man caught between heaven and hell. Blessed with the ability to see angels and demons at work in the world, Constantine actively fights the progress of the demonic forces by performing exorcisms and other cryptic rituals. He does all this, not out of great love for God, but in a desperate and selfish attempt to earn a spot in heaven — something that the angel Gabriel reminds him is impossible without faith and self-sacrifice. Though frustrated at his inability to earn God’s favor, Constantine still agrees to help a young woman (Rachel Weisz) in search of answers about her twin sister’s apparent suicide. And when he does so, he not only uncovers a demonic plot to bring hell to earth, but he also begins to develop a little sacrificial love along with faith in God’s plans.

Dove Review

I really enjoyed and found it very interesting to see how everything played out in this film, especially since the trailer doesn’t reveal too much about the story. I was also intrigued about what hell would be like and also what all the different demons would look like. We all read about these things, but it is always different when you can see it (although it is someone’s interpretation). I felt the movie did a good job with the storyline. I had no idea how it was going to finish. I am not sure how accurate this film is to the Hellblazer comic series since I have not read any of them, but it was a very entertaining flick.

There is some material, although not objective, that may offend people due to their interpretation of scripture. For instance, Constantine is able to exercise demons, not through the power of God, but because he understands evil (due to his time spent in hell) and knows how to defeat it. Also, there is an angel who attempts to turn the world over to Lucifer’s son, Mammon, who eventually becomes a fallen angel on earth. Some of the film is based on Catholicism which dictates some of the events. The movie states there is a Bible in hell, which contains five extra chapters in the Book of Corinthians. The film did a good job explaining how these worked, which I needed being that I am not familiar with Catholic doctrine.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: 7 S, 6 A, 1 F, 3 G/GD, 3 J, 2 B, 1 H, 1 D
Violence: Many demons killed, woman jumps off building, man killed by demon, scenes with fighting, gunfire; demons burned.
Drugs: Constantine is basically a chain smoker, some drinking.
Nudity: Woman shown with low cut shirt.
Occult: Witchcraft is performed, bar/club for demons too

Info

Company: Warner Brothers
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 121 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge