Year Released: 2005
Main Stars: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weiss, Tilda Swinton, Shia LaBeouf  
Last watched: June 2012
Review Date: June 2012
Number Watches: 3 full viewings.

“So does this walking fast mean you’ve found something.”

“Whose the rat in the dress now, bitch”

There are a lot of modern films that hit that vein of faded, decaying decadence with romantic 2000 year old mysticism all placed in bang up to date sci fi land. Here’s one that also goes for the Sam Spade detective look and the thing is that it works. There’s enough weirdness and sexy effects to show off the characters and plot. It’s complete, there are no strange twists that make you wince and all the gizmos are well designed to fit in with the straight forward violence they get used for; big, brass, solid, chunky things, it’s all good.

So then there’s Keanu. Normally Mr wooden and unemotional, just like the holy shotguns in the movie, and he’s perfect. A grumpy, straight forward, slightly bitter soul with one journey to make and a resignation that he can’t avoid it.

Everyone else is good too although I think it’s the script that keeps the whole thing wonderfully together. I know it’s from a comic but that doesn’t matter since here we have a good film that actually deserves a follow-up.

Can’t argue with the effects – spot on and absolutely essential – or the acting – same as the effects – or the direction / lighting / technical doo-daas. If I was to have a go at anything it would be that when I first saw it I wanted a bigger, grander explosion of a hell on earth. But that was probably more me than the movie as each time I’ve seen it since, mostly catching the end or middle rather than a full view, I’ve picked out more bits I like.

If you don’t expect a horror fest of Star Wars or Gone With The Wind proportions then you’ll enjoy the romp. And it would be a big mistake to confuse it with The Mummy or theme park rides like that.

Keep DVD?
I would but only at the right price.
Watch if on TV?
I do.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Marry since John would be useful if I ever get possessed again.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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