Thursday, November 7, 2013
Constantine (released in 2005) - Supernatural, starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf and Tilda Swinton
If you were able to see demons and other such creatures (along with normal humans), what would you do ? You could try to tell others what you are seeing, and since they cannot see what you can see, there can be a high level of frustration, or maybe you could even be considered crazy. Or you could use your powers for some good, getting rid of demons who have taken over people; all this in the hope that your suicide attempt may be forgiven and you could be considered for heaven. The movie was released in 2005, and was based on a comic book character. The movie was directed by Francis Lawrence (this was his first movie as a director), and starred Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton and Djimon Hounsou. The movie was a big hit, earning around $230 million worldwide, but critics were not so praiseworthy, with some critics not liking the performance of Keanu Reeves as the cynical man who does exorcisms, but is getting tired of all this; other critics did not like the flow of the movie or the end - I liked the movie to some extent, but yes, the end seemed somewhat simplistic, almost like a happy ending (thankfully the hero did not walk off into the sunset with a heroine though).
Keanu Reeves is John Constantine, and suffers from the problems of being able to see demons and other supernatural creatures. As a result, he knows far more than the normal human about the ongoing tussle between God and Satan (Lucifer). He also knows that his future is cooked, since he tried to commit suicide when he was a teenager, and although he was brought back from the dead due to paramedics, he has been condemned to Hell once his life ends - and he also learns that Lucifer is eagerly waiting for him to come to Hell. And to round it all up, due to his long habit of smoking, he also suffers from lung cancer, ensuring that he will reach Hell early. He has tried communication with the archangel Gabriel to let him continue with his action of doing exorcism here on Earth, but did not get any positive reply from Gabriel.
And then he is sought by a LAPD detective, Angela Dodson (played by Rachel Weiz), who wants his help to determine what had actually happened to her sister Isabel (who was reported to have jumped off the roof of a mental hospital where she was staying - this is what telling people that you can see demons will lead you). The weary and cynical Constantine can't be bothered, but when she is attacked by demons right in the street, Constantine is intrigued and starts investigating. He soon learns that both Angela and Isabel had the same gifts that he has, and while Angela has not moved in that direction, Isabel tried to find out more and was committed to the mental hospital.
It turns that this is a damned plot; the son of Lucifer, Mammon wants to have his own kingdom on earth, and the power that Angela possesses will be of great help to him. And helping him is an unlikely candidate, the angel Gabriel who cannot understand why God would help humans who are so undeserving of his love; when they actually see Hell on earth could people begin to understand and appreciate what God is. In the face of such power, there is only one person who could stop them - this was Lucifer himself; but why would he come to help Constantine, all he wants is to take Constantine with him to hell as soon as his life is at an end; but at the same time, Lucifer is unaware of what his own son Mammon is trying and would not appreciate such an attempt. So, it is only Lucifer who can help Constantine, but will not come unless Constantine's life is coming to a closure. What happens ?