Van Helsing

2004

Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Mystery / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 6.1 10 218281

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Kate Beckinsale as Anna Valerious
Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing
Elena Anaya as Aleera
Robbie Coltrane as Mr. Hyde
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by cinemajesty 5 / 10

Bloodless Monsters Revival

Movie Review: "Van Helsing" (2004)

Even though this picture has almost everything to be the ultimate event movie; the monsters, the pace, the action, the stars and a gripping soundtrack by Alan Silvestri plus state of the art special effects by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM); director and original writer Stephen Sommers, given an 160 Million Dollar Budget and creative freedom from Universal Pictures, after directing two consecutive hit movies "The Mummy" (1999) and "The Mummy Returns" (2001) for the Hollywood Studio, which wanted to create a new comic book kind of hero with "Van Helsing", performed by matching all the looks and beating skills actor Hugh Jackman, in his first stand-alone leading role since breakthrough as supporting character "Wolverine" in "X-Men" directed by Bryan Singer in season 1999/2000.

The dialogues are shallow. The background story denies the audience mystical imaginations. So that the picture accelerates like an hyper-tuned sports car from action scene to action scene, encountering nearly all Universal Classic Monsters from 1930s, starting out with Dracula, here performed by disappointed, unimpressed as to say false-directed actor Richard Roxburgh, who does not share one scary fright night moment as the Count of all Vampires. When "Frankenstein's Creature" is on the loose to get hunted by "Dracula", while "Van Helsing" speeds through Paris, France to finish off "Mr. Hyde" in an unnecessary, meaningless character establishing scene, before we finally meet supporting cast members actress Kate Beckinsale as character of tough-and-sword-skilled Anna Valerious, who loses her brother to the "Wolfsman" curse on a Eastern Europe gypsy village location under attack of "Dracula's Brides"; when Gabriel, believed to be an fallen angel, "Van Helsing", a fact completely missed-out in the main character's mythology, gets further indulged by researches of side-kicking monk esquire Carl, sharing some moments of smiling due to actor David Wenham's respectable slapstick performance.

Nevertheless all the features in the production value designed by Allen Cameron and further unsolid, insufficient directions and less cinematographic blocking maps within the image system by Lighting Cameraman Allen Daviau, who under Director Stephen Sommers stays behind capabilities without convincing any of total three editors surrounding lead editor Bob Ducsay to cut into ranges of extreme-close-up to extreme-wide-shots in order to at least maintain visually some scene dynamics, which then in total arrives at a running time of 122 Minutes (exlcuding the end credits), when nowadays a final cut of "Van Helsing" creates wishes to be an R-rated 90 minutes running Horror-Action, slight comedian, powerhouse of Universal's Classic Monsters.

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Reviewed by Eddie Cantillo 10 / 10

Van Helsing (2004)

Van Helsing (2004) Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, Kevin J. O'Connor, Alun Armstrong, Silvia Colloca, Josie Maran, Tom Fisher, Samuel West, Robbie Coltrane, and Stephen Fisher Written & Directed By: Stephen Sommers Review ADVENTURE LIVES FOREVER Hello Kiddies your pal the Crypt-Critic here with a tale about a time long ago, a time called the 90s. During this mystical time a group of wonderful folks had the idea of remaking all the classic Universal movie Monsters. This Era brought us gems such as Bram Stokers Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola and two I haven't seen like Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and Wolf with Jack Nicholson. Now it was time for The Mummy to return but instead of making it horror, they turned it an action/adventure extravaganza directed by Stephen Sommers who went on to do the sequel. Both of which made money, it was only a matter of time until Universal would give him there monster properties. Stephen Sommers opted to do a franchise with all of the other monsters with the main focus being on the great and legendary monster hunter of them all VAN HELSING! Famed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing is dispatched to Transylvania to assist the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Count Dracula. Anna Valerious reveals that Dracula has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and is hell-bent on exacting a centuries- old curse on her family. This movie is a great big fantastical adventure from start to finish. The movie gives us great performances from Hugh Jackman as Gabriel, if they so happen to go with the original Van Helsing Abraham I think Hugh could pull that off as well if they give him the same great make-up from Logan. Kate Beckinsale is always a plus, if a movie's got Vampires, werewolves and Kate Beckinsale I'll see it because that is my biggest guilty pleasure. Richard Roxburgh is a pretty damn good Dracula, he has one scene that I really like where he's like "No! I have no heart, I feel no love, no fear, no joy, no sorrow, I am hollow and I live forever." The score for this movie is cool it gives off the movies epic adventure vibe. I'm pretty sure this film is inspiration for a new Van Helsing named Liesel Van Helsing, daughter of the original Abraham Van Helsing. They both have a similar attire. The direction from Stephen is great it's sad to know that isn't directing movies anymore if any he should be in charge of the dark universe. The special effects are terrible though, that I will not defend. But I had to much fun with this experience that it just didn't bother me. The wolf-man and designs of Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster also made it less bothersome , I loved the designs of the monsters. The werewolf transformation is also cool and very different from other werewolf films. Van Helsing is the kind of film you don't take seriously, you just grab some popcorn and go on a fantastical adventure with Hugh Jackaman and the sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy and did I mention sexy Kate Beckinsale. I'm giving Van Helsing a five out of five.

Reviewed by samzzz-69448 4 / 10

What a waste of potential

In light of Universal's lukewarm attempt at kicking start their planned Dark Universe earlier this summer with the underwhelming The Mummy reboot, I was suddenly reminded of Van Helsing, the supposed big budget summer season starter of 2004 for which the studio must have carried similar hopes, but ended up way short.

With the Mummy reboot, one could lay blame chiefly on the chaotic script which was beyond salvageable, not to mention Mr. Cruise himself allegedly spent months in the editing room after principal shooting. Cruise also brought his long time collaborator, Mission:Impossible writer/director Christopher McQuarrie to help with the script during development. Yet with a script like that, there was not much veteran playwright but first time blockbuster director Kurtzmann could do. With Van Helsing, it becomes harder to throw blames around.

Do you blame the incoherent and totally predictable mess of a plot to the badly written script? I suppose you could. Do you blame the million or so clichés and bad dialogue on the script, too? I suppose you could. Do you blame the absolutely horrible, laughably bad fake Eastern European accents uttered by Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxborough (just about the least menacing or scary villain they could have come up with), and David Wenham (whose sidekick character is the antithesis of funny) and over the top dramatic acting on the director? Again, I suppose you could. Since the film is written and directed by the same person, riding on the success of the two Mummy films, I guess that means you can just blame him then?

Yes and no. Universal's decision to put so many of their classic monsters into one popcorn summer movie with no clue whether it is supposed to be a horror, or fun action-adventure so it ended up being neither is also part of the problem, and a major part at that. The idea of making several solo origin movies first, and if these were successful, then make an ensemble tentpole obviously wasn't so hot back in 2004. Would the film have done differently if it were to come out 10 years later, under a director director? I doubt that too, seeing how The Mummy 3, The Wolfman, Dracula Untold and finally Tom Cruise's The Mummy turned out. It's totally understandable for Universal to be obsessed with their classic horror monster IPs, in the same way WB never seem to be able to let go of the classic folk legend IPs such as Pan/Jack the Giant Slayer/King Arthor that have caused them mostly flops. I'm sorry to say this, but Universal genuinely seem clueless at developing their horror monster IPs, ever since The Mummy returns 16 years ago.

Credit where it's due, the production value is excellent, which is to be expected given the large budget spent on making this film. The big CGI hallway sequences is no faker than The Matrix Revolution in late 2003, the female vampires are a bit awkward through my polished 2017 glasses, but other than that, the technical department have done their jobs superbly. There really isn't much that haven't been said about why the film's bad, on the other hand. The 'horror' aspect consist of only jump scares and very little else, and even Jackman's title character, the only one in the story not terribly underwritten, seems to lack in any kind of flavor so even Dr. Van Helsing becomes a bland and generic hero, one without an origin sub-plot or even a character arc. Where is the crisis for him, what is at stake here on the most personal level? The end of the world if Dracula is not stopped? I'm sorry but that's not good enough. Even the romance subplot feels forced.

(Not to mention this film started Jackman's unfortunate "holding my dead love interest in my arms while howling and sobbing in great pain, and doing all this topless" roles which was repeated 2 years later in X Men: The Last Stand.)

Ironically, Alan Silvestri's soundtrack proved to have enjoyed a far better shelf life than the film itself. Song's from the score was used all over TV, includin multiple times during the peak years of the world's most popular car show, Top Gear. Hearing the Van Helsing soundtrack while watching super cars race through southern Europe is pretty funny.

I agree with the 5-7 star reviews saying Van Helsing is great, mindless silly fun, I do. When the title Universal logo turns black and white and morphs into a burning torch, I was epically excited in my seat, expecting a truly scary film with a grander story than the Mummy films. Needless to say, I was immensely disappointed. I don't give out 8-10 scores easily, and 5-7 is my usual mark for a passable product, hence the score of 4 here, indicating disappointment.

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