Van Helsing (2004) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Van Helsing (2004) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2004
  • Genre:  Classic & Mythological, Vampire, Werewolf
  • Cast and crew: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Shuler Hensley, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp, Kevin J. O’Connor, Alun Armstrong, Silvia Colloca, Josie Maran, Tom Fisher, Samuel West, Robbie Coltrane, Stephen Fisher
  • Director:  Stephen Sommers
  • Screenwriter:  Stephen Sommers

Van Helsing (2004) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5.5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 6 / 10;
  • Simina = 3 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.1 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 2.4 / 10;

Van Helsing (2004) Synopsis:

Van Helsing, a mercenary in charge of hunting down evil monsters for the church, is sent to Transylvania to kill the famous vampire Count Dracula.

Van Helsing (2004) Review:

Van Helsing is a film that intends to combine, in one story, all the great monster movies produced by Universal in the ’30s. Everything is here: Dracula, Dr. Jekill, Frankenstein’s monster, The Wolfman, etc. The concept is fun but, as expected, putting all this together is difficult and the story ends up being really messy and surprisingly shallow. A lot of things are poorly explained, or not at all, and overall most things do not make sense if you start digging it. In fact, this film is nothing but a Hollywood blockbuster trying to capitalize on the success of early horror films.

However the action is really great, the film features breathtaking fights and cool creatures almost all the time. Be sure that your imagination will take its daily dose of cool monsters. The special effects are good-looking, but this overdose of CGI was too much for me as it really gives a fake look to the overall movie, an almost cartoonish look.

Apart from Hugh Jackman, the acting is not spectacular. Dracula was, for me, the most disappointing. He kind of looked like Bono from U2…eurk! Kate Beckinsale was, as usual, a bit irritating, but managed very well the Romanian accent.

Overall, this film is not different from most of these super-hero based action films from the early 2000s (Daredevil, Elektra, Hulk, Catwoman). So if like those as well as Universal Monsters, go ahead with this one. If not, you’ll have way more fun watching the classics themselves!

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