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Van Helsing
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Directed By
Stephen Sommers

Cast:
Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Elena Anaya, Shuler Hensley, Silvia Colloca

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Van Helsing (2004)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
March 2nd, 2008

Garlic... holy water... silver stake... crucifix

Favorite Movie Quote: "He's the first one to kill a vampire in over a hundred years. I'd say that's earned him a drink."

The opening to this movie was classic. I really liked seeing the villagers storming the castle to kill Dr. Frankenstein and his creation. But, what was Dracula doing there? We quickly switch to a really strange Jekyll/Hyde that looks something out of Jack and the Beanstalk, and a secret order of the Catholic Church that employs Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) to fulfill their mission of stamping out evil in the world (minus the priests that prey on boys, of course). There is even a James Bond type Q Branch with new weapons. It is obvious that this is not going to be your father's Dracula/Van Helsing movie.

The action is fast, the costuming, sound, CGI, and makeup are first rate. Dracula is brought into the 21st Century with a bang. But, is that bang worth the time? Well, the fire works were amazing and the flying creatures were stunningly beautiful. There was even a "Birds" segment with bats instead really cool.

Shuler Hensley made a great Frankenstein's Monster, and, of course, there is always Kate Beckinsale, a welcome sight in any movie.

Mummy master Stephen Sommers wrote and directed an exciting film.

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Zombie Boy
Mar 2, 2008 6:04 PM
 
I vehemently disagree with you. I hated this movie. It was torture to sit through the whole thing, and I'd rather have pins stuck in my eyes than ever see it again. I had been a fan of Sommers for a while, what with Deep Rising and The Mummy being such good films (I even liked The Mummy Returns, as unnecessary as it was), which made the sting of Van Helsing all the worse. Right off the bat, the opening is in black and white, and then, one year later, suddenly it is in color. WTF?! That sums up my feelings for the rest of the film. A very expensive waste of a whole lotta people's time.
Movie Addict
Mar 2, 2008 7:03 PM
 
I considered the opening as a tribute to the classic Frankenstein and it should be in BW.



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