Monday, March 26, 2012

Van Helsing (2004)

“He's the first one to kill a vampire in over a hundred years. I'd say that's earned him a drink”

            Van Helsing takes the Universal monsters of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wereworlf and throws them all together at the turn of the twentieth century. A man named Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) works for the Vatican to rid the world of these great literary monsters. His new assignment takes him and a friar Carl takes him to Romania where a small town has been plagued by the evil vampire Count Vladislaus Dracula for centuries. No one has been able to rid this evil vampire.
            When Helsing arrives in the village he is met with hostility by the inhabitants until Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) comes and tells them to back off. Anna comes from an old family that has sworn to kill Dracula and her family will not rest in peace for all eternity when they die until they kill him. In no time the village is attacked by two winged female vampires. Helsing kills one but the other two get away. Anna brings him to her home that night to tell him what her plans are. She wants to do find and kill Dracula herself but nothing has worked. That night her brother who has been missing returns but he is not the same, he has been turned into a werewolf.
            Dracula is always seems to be a step of Van Helsing and Anna. He has several evil plans for the werewolf and Frankenstein’s monster.
            As the movie progresses all the legends of the famous monsters comes together in an interesting way. Dracula uses their abilities towards his plan to take over the world.
            Van Helsing is an alright movie. My friend brought it over he is in love with Kate Beckinsale and he loves monster stories like this. I had seen the movie years ago because my brothers like monster stories too. The cast was good they played their roles very well. Kate Beckinsale and Hugh Jackman look great in their costumes. The only real issue with this movie is that they do not go into the characters too much. There is a lot more to the characters but we are only given little tidbits and some of them seem like they would be important to story but they are not explored. The CGI is rather awful at times but that can be looked over. Van Helsing is a film if you like the old monster movies and their lore you will enjoy it.