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Horror - Constantine

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Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz
Director: Francis Lawrence (II)
Rated: R Not for sale to persons under age 18 - comic book violence disturbing images.
Warner Home Video
Run Time: 121 minutes

It seems Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz are destined to make lackluster movies when they team up. Their first effort together Chain Reaction fell short of expectations as does Constantine. Hell is boring and apparently so are the people involved in trying to prevent it from being visited upon the earth. Perhaps because like so many movies which deal with the concept of Heaven and Hell the Catholic Church is front and center and if you have ever attended a Sunday Mass you know that boring is a key characteristic of the liturgy.

Keanu Reeves could have played this part very well he is a reasonably gifted actor who has proven that when given good direction he can play roles to perfection (The Matrix, Something’s Gotta Give). Unfortunately in Constantine Reeves has been given a weak script with clumsy lines and lackluster direction. The same holds true for his co-star and action/adventure heroine veteran Rachel Weisz (The Mummy series) who is a truly gifted talent completely wasted with wooden blocking and uninspired dialogue.

What hurts most about watching this movie is that it could have been a good flick. It’s has good CGI, good costuming and excellent lighting. On the technical side the only area the movie fails is with sound which is uneven through the movie. One frequent complaint by viewers who are not used to following the sometimes convoluted plots of horror movies is that they cannot follow the story the Constantine plot line is very straightforward and easy to follow. So where does it breakdown?

The wheels come off because the connections take too long to make, the dialogue is forced and vapid and there just isn’t enough suspense. Hellblazer fans will probably be more disappointed than people who have never read the series but no one will be thrilled with this movie. As a second movie rental it is worth a look because some of the special effects are really cool but beyond that it isn’t a movie worth adding to your DVD collection.

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