History Film / Constantine

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* CastFromCalories: After Constantine uses his psychic powers to visit Hell for some info, he tells Rachel that he needs food, thus leading to an exposition scene in a diner.
4th Jul '16 12:14:25 AM Arivne
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* ReligiousHorror

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* ReligiousHorrorReligiousHorror: The film is the InNameOnly movie adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''. The main villain is Mammon, the son of the Devil, and Catholicism is shown to be almost entirely correct.
4th Jul '16 12:04:25 AM Arivne
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** Papa Midnite subverts the cigarillo trope by being a good/neutral witch-doctor turned bartender.
** Constantine smokes excessively, only to find out during the movie that he has lung cancer. [[spoiler: After Constantine willingly sacrifices himself to save the world (allowing him to enter Heaven), Satan ends up curing his cancer to keep him alive so he can claim him later.]] At the end of the movie, he's seen popping gum in his mouth.
4th Jul '16 12:02:09 AM Arivne
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* FantasticCatholicism

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* FantasticCatholicismFantasticCatholicism: The title character is a Catholic demon-hunter who uses guns and magic to send demons back to hell in a world where {{God}} and the Devil are in a bet over who can influence mankind the most. Roger Ebert on the movie:
-->'''Roger Ebert:''' Why do movies about {{Satan}} always have Catholics? You never see Methodists or Episcopalians putting down demons.
3rd Jul '16 11:59:18 PM Arivne
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* BadGuyBar: The Bar.

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* BadGuyBar: The Bar.Papa Midnite's bar. According to Chaz Kramer it's a "haven for those who rise and fall" - i.e. half-breed demons and angels. Several of the half-breed demons are seen with a struggling victim kidnapped for some nefarious purpose.
3rd Jul '16 11:57:04 PM Arivne
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* CulturalTranslation

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* CulturalTranslationCulturalTranslation: The film changes the nationality and location of the UK-set (American-owned) comic ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' to Los Angeles. Since the release of the movie, the comic book character of Constantine has stated that there's another guy with his name and a similar job in the US.
3rd Jul '16 11:45:08 PM Arivne
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* AntiHero: Constantine is rude, unhelpful to most people, requests his friends to put themselves in dangerous situations (and gets two of them killed because of this) and only performs exorcisms and sends half breed demons back to Hell because he wants to buy his way into Heaven.

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* AntiHero: Constantine is rude, unhelpful to most people, requests asks his friends to put themselves in dangerous situations (and gets two of them killed because of this) and only performs exorcisms and sends half breed demons back to Hell because he wants to buy his way into Heaven.
3rd Jul '16 11:44:44 PM Arivne
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* AntiHero

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* AntiHeroAntiHero: Constantine is rude, unhelpful to most people, requests his friends to put themselves in dangerous situations (and gets two of them killed because of this) and only performs exorcisms and sends half breed demons back to Hell because he wants to buy his way into Heaven.
3rd Jul '16 11:37:48 PM Arivne
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* AllUpToYou

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* AllUpToYouAllUpToYou: Keanu Reeves' {{sidekick}} Chaz briefly takes a surprisingly heroic action, only to then be killed while he is monologing.
3rd Jul '16 11:07:14 PM Arivne
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* ArtisticLicenseReligion

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* ArtisticLicenseReligionArtisticLicenseReligion: The film borrows symbols and names from Christianity, but that's where the similarities end.
** A major plot point in the film is that, according to Catholic doctrine, people who commit suicide always go to Hell. This has not been the case since 1997, when the Church decided that people who were mentally ill were not entirely responsible for their actions if they chose to take their own life. At least one of the suicides in the film was committed by a mental patient. Constantine's suicide is more complicated, since suicide is only an unforgivable sin because you can't repent for it before you die. Constantine is brought back to life, so he can repent. However, as Constantine died and saw hell, he has ''already'' been condemned in the eyes of God. Also, as the concept of brain death has become better understood, there's been serious debate in the Catholic community as to whether or not a person can commit suicide, and repent in the few seconds before the brain shuts down.
** When Constantine mentions the "SpearOfDestiny" and says "Jesus wasn't killed by crucifixion," the Catholic he's responding to replies with "I know, he was killed by a spear. I paid attention in Sunday School, you know." Except in the Bible, Jesus ''was'' killed by crucifixion, and a spear was only used to poke his corpse to demonstrate he was already dead. There are people who think that Jesus was "really" killed by the spear, but those tend to be people who claim the Biblical account is ''wrong''. No one would be able to teach the theory from the Bible, certainly not in Sunday School.
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