5 reasons why Constantine is an underrated classic

Each Monday, film fan and champion of the downtrodden Jordan Sims picks out an overlooked gem – and gives them the spotlight they so dearly deserve.

This week, it’s the turn of 2005 supernatural thriller Constantine. Here are five unconventional reasons why it’s an underrated classic.

1. It’s a ‘Keanu Reeves’ style of action movie


Despite boasting more than the average action movie on his CV, I think it’s relatively common knowledge that Keanu Reeves at least adds a unique element to most of his films. In this case, he’s a little less punchy than Neo and a little more badass than Jack Traven…

2. …but not that badass


Even more common knowledge is that Reeves is on the more ‘down to earth’ side of Hollywood. The film features a rather famous prop named ‘The Holy Shotgun’ (I know, sounds like a weapon from Worms) which originally featured in the comic book version of the story. Keanu actually bought the prop post production as a present for director Francis Lawrence.

3. It had a spooky premiere


Given the movie’s subject matter, it may be cause for concern that there were exactly 666 visitors to the premiere. I think we can rule out any kind of apocalypse, given that we’re nine years down the line, but surely this confirms Keanu Reeves’ supernatural abilities. Surely.

4. The original character was a Scouser


To briefly mention the comic books- and delve into the lore-filled cannon that is Constantine – the protagonist John is actually from Liverpool. The Americanisation of him was thought to be specifically to incorporate Keanu Reeves. I have to admit, it would have been a very different movie if demons were gliding down Anfield Road every five minutes, with Keanu telling them to ‘calm down’. (Sorry)

5. Shia LaBeouf


I couldn’t get through the article without mentioning everyone’s favourite ‘not famous’ actor. Yes, LaBeouf puts in a great performance as Constantine’s sidekick, which may seem like a bit of a casting cop-out after he played a suspiciously similar role in I-Robot, but give the guy a break. He clearly has a lot on his plate right now.

More underrated classics

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists
Nowhere Boy
The Assassination of Jesse James
Without a Paddle
Grave of the Fireflies
The Adventures of Tintin
The Invention Of Lying
The Room
The Money Pit
Starship Troopers

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