Keanu to the rescue

Hell wants him, heaven won’t take him, earth needs him.” So proclaims the poster for Constantine. It sounds like an ad for a previous Keanu Reeves movie, the ridiculous Devil’s Advocate. Yet some of the same publicists who promoted Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ are promoting Constantine—and for similar reasons. Here, they say, is a film that takes the biblical worldview seriously. Constantine is about “spiritual warfare”: it shows that choices have eternal consequences, and it depicts hell as a place one should avoid. Reeves plays John Constantine, an exorcist who walks around Los Angeles stone-faced and pissed off, uttering barely decipherable monosyllabic proverbs. Rachel Weisz plays Angela, his beautiful sidekick and fellow medium of things unseen.


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