Constantine
R
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -2 1/2

Constantine (Keanu Reeves) is a man caught between heaven and hell. Blessed with the ability to see angels and demons at work in the world, Constantine actively fights the progress of the demonic forces by performing exorcisms and other cryptic rituals. He does all this, not out of great love for God, but in a desperate and selfish attempt to earn a spot in heaven something that the angel Gabriel reminds him is impossible without faith and self-sacrifice. Though frustrated at his inability to earn Gods favor, Constantine still agrees to help a young woman (Rachel Weisz) in search of answers about her twin sisters apparent suicide. And when he does so, he not only uncovers a demonic plot to bring hell to earth, but he also begins to develop a little sacrificial love along with faith in Gods plans.

Though confusing in places, Constantine is an interesting, engaging and enjoyable film with a strong theme of redemption. Unfortunately, the demonic images and explicit, sometimes unbiblical portrayals of important theological concepts heaven, hell, salvation and damnation overshadow everything else. The film affirms that people are sinful by nature, but it also declares that the way of salvation is self-sacrifice and a simple belief in God. The films failure to mention Christ as the sacrifice for sin could leave viewers wondering if it is possible to earn ones salvation by doing good works. Suicide is identified as a mortal sin for which even believers are condemned to hell, raising doubt as to whether Christs death is a sufficient atonement for all sin. All that aside, viewers might still find in Constantine a film that helps them sharpen their thinking about important spiritual topics. Due to vivid and violent demonic images and offensive language, this film earns negative marks from Preview.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Summary
Crude Language: Many (13) times mild (hell 4, damn 1); strong (-ss 1, b-tch 6, SOB 1)
Obscene Language: Many (13) times moderate (scr-w 1); strong (f-word 1, s-word 8, finger gesture 2, prick 1)
Profanity: Several (5) times moderate (G 1); strong (GD 1, J 2, C-sake 1)
Violence: Many times mild (man struggles with and hits demon-possessed girl, man is choked by another man); moderate (man is hit by car, man shoots several demon-possessed people, man is attacked by demons, woman jumps off of building to commit suicide, boy is attacked and killed by an invisible spiritual being, man cuts his wrists to commit suicide, several scenes include demonic attacks and images, woman nearly drowned in bathtub, man is intentionally electrocuted to initiate a vision)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times mild (characters are obviously attracted to one another; a man implies that he wants to see a particular woman naked); moderate (bar scene includes characters in suggestive poses)
Drug Abuse: Few times mild (use of alcohol a few times, one character smokes constantly)
Other: Appropriate references to God, Jesus, Satan, heaven and hell; portrayals of heaven, hell, angels and demons; portrayal of demon possession and performance of exorcisms; suicide portrayed as a mortal sin; requirements for salvation are portrayed to be self-sacrifice plus belief; one character refers to God as a kid with an ant farm; use of lost books of the Bible to support rituals and explain demonic world; Satan portrayed as exercising dominion in hell; demons and Satan seem to be pleased with their existence in hell
Running Time: 121 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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