Van Helsing (2004) (DVD)
Starring Hugh Jackman et al
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Neil, Goodwood. 10 May 2004
If you don't go into it expecting a major work of it, and remember to check in your brain at the ticket office, then Van Helsing was quite a lot of fun. The black and white opening sequence was very well done. And lets not forget the sexy vampire brides, and the beautiful Kate Beckinsale whose good looks definitely helped spice things up a bit.
Hugh Jackman though was hardly expected to act I think, expect try and look good as he tried to kill the bad monsters. In the final showdown I had some nasty Wolverine flash backs as well.
Although the CGI was not always great, some of the set pieces did rock. The attack in the village, when the brides tries to capture Kate Beckinsale comes to mind.
I do think if the films producers had not aimed for a PG rating, they could have made a much scarier movie.
All in all Van Helsing was an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and not a bad start to the annual Hollywood Summer Blockbuster movie assault.
Renier, Pretoria North. 27 September 2004
Well done. Fantasy and reality combined and imported into modern times.
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