My Keanu Reeves season of films that are currently available on blu-ray in the UK has already seen quite a varied selection. I started off with John Wick but today’s film comes from the supernatural genre. I’m of course referring to Constantine (2005). It’s a film that I believe to be rather underrated. Let’s dive straight into it, here’s my Constantine blu-ray review.
- Constantine (2005)
- Genre: Supernatural
- Directed by Francis Lawrence
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Warner Bros
- Blu-ray Released: 13 October 2008
John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) hunts down demons. However he’s not just doing so out of the kindness of his heart his own future depends on it. When LAPD Detective Angela Dodson’s (Rachel Weisz) twin sister seemingly commits suicide she refuses to believe it was suicide. She believes Constantine may be able to help her. Furthermore he also thinks the balance of power between good and evil has already been altered.
Style / Direction
The films directed by Francis Lawrence with the cinematography handled by Philippe Rousselot. There are plenty of special effects on show as the lines between heaven and hell become somewhat blurred. They work well enough and are kind of essential to aid in the storytelling.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Brian Tyler & Klaus Badelt
Acting / Characters
Good acting all-round with Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz right at the heart of the film. In fact the film does well not to slip into what you might expect it to do with these two characters. I won’t elaborate as it may spoil the film for those yet to see it. Reeves plays John Constantine a chain-smoking demon hunter that’s not the nicest or easiest guy to get along with.
- Keanu Reeves as John Constantine
- Rachel Weisz as Angela Dodson
- Shia LaBeouf as Chas Kramer
- Tilda Swinton as the Archangel Gabriel
- Pruitt Taylor Vince as Father Hennessy
- Djimon Hounsou as Papa Midnite
- Gavin Rossdale as Balthazar
- Peter Stormare as Lucifer Morningstar
- Max Baker as Beeman
Conclusion: Constantine (2005) Film Review
So is it any good? Well actually it’s an immensely gripping and entertaining supernatural story. It’s also well told and acted. This is a film that was panned by many film critics but I’d have to strongly disagree with them. I think this is one film that should be re-visited. I’d have no hesitation in recommending this one.
The films trailer certainly doesn’t show off the film in the best light. You may want to skip or ignore it. On the acting front Keanu Reeves delivers a dry humoured guy that’s right out of luck. It’s a really good performance as is that of Rachel Weisz.
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Conclusion: Constantine Blu-ray Review
The film is from 2005 and looks flawless as you would expect. There are quite a few extras including several deleted scenes and lots of behind the scenes interviews. I found all to be well worth a look.
- Audio Commentaries with Director / Producers + Screenwriters
- Deleted Scenes + Alternate Ending
- Channeling Constantine (8 mins)
- Conjuring Constantine (16 mins)
- Director’s Confessional (6 mins)
- Collision With Evil (5 mins)
- Holy Relics (8 mins)
- Shotgun Shootout (2 mins)
- Hellscape (12 mins)
- Visualizing Vermin (10 mins)
- Warrior Wings (3 mins)
- Unholy Abduction (6 mins)
- Demon Face (2 mins)
- Constantine Cosmology (5 mins)
- Foresight: The Power of Previsualization (14 mins)
- Writer’s Vision (1 min)
- A Perfect Circle Passive Music Video (4 mins)
Popcorn Cinema Rating: Constantine (2005)
MOVIE RATING: WELL WORTH WATCHING
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
EXTRAS: VERY GOOD
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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Constantine (2005) Film Trailer
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster. (The trailer do a poor job of selling the film in my opinion.)
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
That’s my Constantine blu-ray review. If you have any thoughts on this film you can leave them in the comment section below:
Summary: Constantine (2005) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Constantine (2005)
Duration: 121 mins
Director(s): Francis Lawrence
Actor(s): Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor, Djimon Hounsou
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An immensely gripping and entertaining supernatural story.
- Good Story
- Excellent Acting