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Night 15 - Constantine
Tagline - Hell wants him. Heaven won't take him.
Earth needs him.
The wager between heaven and hell is on
Directed by Francis Lawrence (I am Legend and Water for Elephants) and released on February 18, 2005 by Warner Brothers Pictures (rated R). Detective John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a man who has literaly been to Hell and back, fights a war against an army of Demons on Earth in the hopes of getting a second chance at life.
First off, it's only fair that I admit "I am a Keanu fan and I don't care who knows!" so that may explain this selection to anyone who is wondering why it made the list 8)
It's not the greatest movie ever made but I always enjoy it. It has lots of dark atmosphere and plenty of creepy little demon things running around. If you like the Haven and Hell theme to your spooky movies this one has it all. It was a graphic novel first and many fans of that where not pleased with the movie. But if you are like me and have never read the graphic novel then it doesn't much matter.
If you take it for what it is, a fun movie that doesn't require much thinking, it's a good watch. And if you like Mr. Reeves, well... need I say more?
Some trivia about the movie...
1.Originally, Tarsem Singh was attached to direct with Nicolas Cage to star. However, the director said that "with Cage, I cannot make the film I had wanted to". Soon after Singh left the picture, Cage did as well.
2. In the comic book "Hellblazer" on which the movie is based, the character of John Constantine is from Liverpool, and is drawn to look like the singer Sting. In the movie, the character is from Los Angeles. It is widely believed that the change was made specifically for Keanu Reeves. The truth is the original script retained his nationality but got no response from producers. So the writer changed him to an American and the script quickly gained attention.
3. The original title, Hellblazer, was changed because it was too similar to Hellboy. The movies were scheduled to be released within a short space of time between them and it was decided that having such similar titles would hurt the sales of tickets. Therefore Hellblazer was changed to Constantine.
4. The look of Hell was based on old footage of nuclear tests, specifically the sudden shock wave immediately after the blast that disintegrated anything in its path, hence the crumbling landscape.
5. The tattoo on Constantine's arms is the alchemical symbol of the Red King, which was worn (by him) for protection. It is "the fire triangle with three radiating arrows below represents the 'Perfect Red King,' the Sulfur of the Philosophers."
6. The character of John Constantine was originally created by Alan Moore, during his run on DC Comics' "Swamp Thing". However, following his negative experience with From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Moore decided to reject all money and credit from Hollywood on any adaptations of his work. Thus, he gave all the money he would've gotten to the artist who drew the character with him, and rejected his own "created by" credit from the film.
7. The cigarettes that Constantine smokes in the movie are not real Chinese made cigarettes. The name means "Yangtse River" and the package was a special design for the film.
8. The "Holy Hand Grenades" were actually Christmas ornaments filled with water.
9. In the lower right-hand corner of Isabel's toe tag, there's the number 616. Whilst some people interpret the Mark of the Beast to be 666, others interpret it to be 616, hence its appearance on the toe tag.
10. Keep watching after the end credits for an extra scene.