Van Helsing details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Will Kemp, Shuler Hensley, Samuel West, Elena Anaya|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Run time:||2 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Oct 2004|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
Most helpful review
A whole load of Vampire funBy LeoM (19 reviews) from London , 07 May 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Van Helsing hurtles along at one hell of a rate with scene after scene of monster smashing carnage as Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale do their best to annoy Dracula and his unholy friends!
I thought this film was visually spectacular and was just a lot of fun. Kate Beckinsale is absolutely stunning and there are also some seriously hot Romanian vampire chicks flying about to boot.
Get off your high horses fellow reviewers and stop taking it all so seriously. This film isnt looking to win any awards with its in depth story line and narrative - its just a bit of CGI fun. So enjoy.
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oh dear oh dearBy BrummieMummy (29 reviews) from Birmingham , 25 Jan 2010Oh dear. I read the reviews and still signed up for this. When will I ever learn? The plot is based ever so slightly on a lift from The X Men (it is possible to escape from Wolverine, you know, Mr J - and there is more to fighting than flexing muscles in your hands). The mid-European accents are awful - as a family we had no idea what Dracula was supposed to be saying half the time. And when we did, we didn't care. Apart from my teenage son saying Kate Beckinsale was one hot momma (and Husband and I having an opportunity to reminisce about Richard Beckinsale and Porridge), the whole Friday Night Film experience had little to commend it.
Best acting all night was by Van Helsing's hat. Need I say more?
a graet filmBy a customer from Milton Keynes , 11 Aug 2009this is a good action vampire film,which the whole family enjoyed!!
excellent entertainmentBy crouchingtiger (6 reviews) from Blackburn , 26 Jul 2009Personally I agree with the Radio Times, the Sun and Leo M from London : this is a masterpiece of pacy, action-packed entertainment which succeeds in combining its story's gothic darkness with tongue-in-cheek lighthearted fun. The film's casting is excellent, with wonderfully apt performances by Kate Beckinsale (the heroine, Anna, with her sexy over-the-top 'Transylvanian' accent) and David Wenham (as Van Helsing's timid friar/ mad inventor assistant) in particular. Also great are the count's flying vampire brides, especially Aleera who keeps appearing from nowhere and delivering devastating backhanders to her enemy, Anna. Without any over-reliance on gore ; full of impossible stunts set to a suitably atmospheric background of mountains, forests, ravines, sinister castles and a long-suffering local village ; and with a musical score to match the excitement, the film is a winner in my book. True, the ending is a bit weak, and the baby vampires aren't quite as convincing as they could have been, or I might have awarded a 9 ; nevertheless, on the whole, after three viewings, a rating of 8 is the least this deserves. Isn't true entertainment supposed to be fun?
DisappointingBy JustineT (1 review) from Horsham , 06 Jul 2009I caught a few minutes of this on TV a few weeks ago (a great action sequence where Van Helsing meets Kate Beckinsale for the first time) and really wanted to see the rest. But I was sorely disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind 'new imaginings' of classic stories or characters, but this seemed to take as its starting point not the classic texts themselves, but the Classic Comics versions of the classic texts. It was long, boring and a very good example of special effects/CGI standing in for a good-quality script and acting. Hugh Jackson and Kate Beckinsale (dodgy accent and all) seem to phone in their performances - frankly, we've seen them do similar roles in better films (yes, I do think Underworld is better than this) and there seems to be zero chemistry between them. David Wenham, as Van Helsing's sidekick, is there to provide comic relief but he's just not funny - though I think that's less his fault than the leaden, cliche-ridden script. Best part of the movie? When my husband woke up three-quarters of the way through and said wearily, 'Man, hasn't it finished yet?'
Its DifferentBy a customer from Billingham , 04 Jul 2009A different twist on the Dracula story with Frankenstein and werewolves thrown in for good measure. Entertaining.