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Van Helsing back to product details

Even for a "fun" formualic movie, it was boring
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written by Hags888 May 1, 2008 - 1:15 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I have seen worse movies, but not many. I went into to this one expecting it to be bad, and usually when that happens I am pleasantly surprised. However, that was not the case with this movie. It wasn't entirely bad, so I'll start with the good things.

First, the costumes were incredible. It was partly a period piece, and the monster costumes along with Jackman and Beckinsale's character's costumes, were very detailed and believable. The sets were also outstanding. In terms of visuals (aside from the CGI) there was nothing to complain about, especially Beckinsale and Jackman, which were great eye candy. Also, you do get a healthy dose of most of the stereotypical "classic" horror figures: Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and Werewolves.

However, the rest of it was pretty bad. The accents were poorly matched, that is, each actor had a slightly different accent, despite the fact that they all seemed to be from the same place. The acting was very cheesy, and normally this might have been fine, but I didn't get a sense from the music or dialogue that it should have been taken as a campy movie. It seemed like it was trying to be a genuine action/adventure horror, ala Underworld, but the end result was pure cheese, and not the good kind.

Also, the music was a bizarre mix of classical/techno/goth/pop that just didn't work for me. It was a visually dark movie that would have benefited from an entirely orchestral score, but the strange pop/techno mixture didn't seem to relate to anything on screen, especially considering the bit of 19th century period piece-ness. The CGI was over-done and not believable (especially the Mr. Hyde). I will say that the "changing" from human to monster CGI stuff was good though.

So, in the end, this was trying to be a "fun" almost "blockbuster" style action/adventure that tapped into the classic horror models using two very charismatic leads, but the end result was a cheesy blend of bad acting, uninteresting music, formulaic plot devices all wrapped up in an un-chewable, bland shell that unfortunately, lasted longer than a gobstopper.

monster rumble
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written by mickeyd October 20, 2006 - 8:27 AM PDT
Kate Beckinsale does not belong in this movie. Her dialogue is awful and her character is a cross between a stereotypical gypsy girl mixed with Lara Croft. She was much better in Underworld. I rented this movie because I fell asleep while watching the extremely long, dragged out battle scene at the end of the film. (My own fault. It was a midnight showing at the local drive-in). However, I see that I really didn't miss much. Like many action films, endless action scenes and special effects take the place of a good story. If you want to see just about every classic movie monster battle it out...........endlessly. This is your movie.

comic book style fun
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written by yulek January 8, 2005 - 7:01 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
i was pleasantly surprised by Van Helsing. perhaps because i expected it to be abysmal, like it's counterpart Underworld. but where as Underworld took itself entirely way too seriously, pathetically attempting to explain the werewolf/vampire phenomenon pseudo-scientifically, and worst of all having no sense of it's own style stealing almost everything from movies like The Matrix, Aliens, etc., VH makes no such pretense. it's purely a fun, entertaining film. terribly formulaic, with mostly marginal to awful acting, some really dreadful one liners, but in the end, i can't find real fault with it. it wasn't pretentious, it delivered just what it promised. entertainment value without any added weight. althought nowhere near as good, it reminded me in a way of Big Trouble in Little China in it's light feel and a certain sense of style.

not a film i'd own, but i'm glad i decided to watch it.

Poor show
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written by DZermeno October 26, 2004 - 11:52 AM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Let me first say this: Kate Beckinsale is not "super-hero" material. She wasn't in Underworld and she is not a convincing tough chick in Van Helsing. She does not play a tough chick very well at all. While she did look GREAT in a corset, her terrible accent and acting.. really left a lot to be desired.. like another actress. It was like she was trying too hard to be this brave, tough woman. I don't know what Hollywood is thinking! It seems the trend is to cast very pretty women in "tough chick" roles. Well much to the shame of real "tough chicks", once again they are misrepresented. Van Hesling was also disappointing because all of the previews show this movie to be very dramatic and serious. What you actually get is an almost comedic, mostly animated, rumble in Transylvania. Think of it more in the line of a dark Batman movie. It's really not as serious as they would like you to believe. For an entertaining Halloween movie that you can watch with the older kids.. rent this one!

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