A quick review Death and taxes are the only two certainties in life. We all know how to pay taxes and what happens when we pay taxes. But No one knows what happens when we die. Some people believe that you just rot in the ground and others believe in an afterlife like heaven or hell. For Constantine it is heaven and hell.
John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is an exorcist who has been condemned to hell due to his poor decision making as a teenager. I mean we all do things as a teen that we regret but no one deserves to go to hell for it. So when the detective Angela Dodson’s (Rachel Weisz) twin sister commits suicide and suffers the same fate, he can’t help but lend a hand. This help causes his soul to be forgiven by God and for him to eventually go to paradise despite the Devil’s frustrated attempt. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds with the arch angel Gabriel (Tilda Swinton) attempting to raise the antichrist from hell, it gets a tad complex.
John Constantine: [voiceover] I guess there’s a plan for all of us. I had to die – twice – just to figure that out. Like the book says, He works His work in mysterious ways. Some people like it. Some people don’t.
For Constantine heaven and hell collide here on earth as both angels and demons walk among us. From the depiction of the film, I can tell you now that demons look creepy and Hell looks like a place no one ever would want to go. With a fraction of a second on Earth equals to a good few minutes in Hell, you can only imagine how long an hour is. This is a philosophy reflected in CW’s Supernatural when Dean Winchesters (Jensen Ackles)4 month trip downstairs is equivalent to 40 years in Hell, Yikes!
John Constantine: Officially, I was dead for two minutes… but when you cross over, time stops. Take it from me, two minutes in hell is a lifetime.
The film includes some controversial philosophy and religious debates that cause audiences to re-think their life choices. But despite the content of the film, some of the camera angles used by Philippe Rousselot and Francis Lawrence are truly incredible impacting the feel of the movie to give a sinister and supernatural look, with some parts of the film being rather frightening.
If the creepy camera angles and religious lessons aren’t enough then the use of slow motion and freeze frames truly compliment the collision of our world with the afterlife. With a film directed this well you can’t help but love it. I would suggest that if you love action packed thrillers that glue you to your seats or simply the creep factor. I would easily give it 5 stars. Check out my review on Supernatural