Credits- Constantine (2005)

  • Starring: Keanu Reeves & Rachel Weisz
  • Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#46 Constantine (2005)

The bad news: Constantine has comparatively little in common with the Vertigo comic on which it is based, save for the name of the main character and a few general concepts. The good news: it’s still a pretty fun ride, buoyed by director Francis Lawrence’s fine visual eye and a sense of neo-noir cool bound up in a Biblical apocalypse.

Keanu Reeves plays the title character, a sort of exorcist by way of Philip Marlowe who hopes that dispatching demons can buy him a ticket into heaven. He eschews the blonde hair and British accent of the comics (and those of us who saw Bram Stoker’s Dracula thank him), but still captures the cynical tough guy figure quite well.

The film’s real strength stems from a pair of supporting performances: Tilda Swinton playing the androgynous archangel Gabriel and Peter Stormare, whose Satan has an air of enfant terrible about him. Together, they help Constantine overcome its periodic dead patches and over-reliance on CG imagery. The film struggled at the domestic box office, but did quite well overseas, finishing with a respectable $230 million worldwide.

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