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Van Helsing
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Kate Beckinsale, Hugh Jackman, Richard Roxburgh, Elena Anaya, Silvia Colloca, Josie Maran

Synopsis: During the late 19th century, famed monster hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Jackman) heads to Eastern Europe to battle with Count Dracula (Roxburgh), the Wolf Man (Kemp), and Frankenstein's Monster (Hensley). By his side is the ravishing Anna (Beckinsale), a member of a family committed to ridding the world of evil.

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Van Helsing Review

Dracula Brides Trio Bust

Let me tell you a story about a friend of mine after he watched Godzilla. He said it had everything...a great monster, a great cast, some excellent effects and every weapon of mankind to throw at the beast and still managed to be dull. Are you telling me you really can't see where I am going with this?

There is no doubt in my mind that Hugh Jackman is going to be a big star...the only thing is he hasn't found a film that puts him out there, really shows Jackman on his own. Sure he's great as Wolverine but he's part of an ensemble. Yes he was quirky and charming in Kate and Leopold, but he had some help from Meg Ryan and Breckin Meyer. What he needs is a James Bond type role, and while Van Helsing has some direct rip-off scenes from these films (most obvious was the 'Q' type scene with his Friar friend), Van Helsing is no James Bond.

There is a lot of noteworthy material here. Some fun little action set pieces but none of the material jibes together in a satisfactory manner. If you are looking for some great visuals, some nice CGI effects, you will find them here. You will also find some rather rushed looking ones. My personal fave was the image of Frankenstein trying to hold his face together after the stitches let go.

Let me start with the positives. I mentioned the casting of Jackman. Great. I loved the concept of Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein. I also loved that director Stephen Sommers managed to capture some of that tragic aura that surrounds Frankenstein but he lost me on his interpretations of Dracula and the Wolfman. I loved the black and white opening and the stylish end credits.

Admittedly that is a short list though and while my dislikes could go one for awhile I will be brief here. Kate Beckinsale has never looked better but at times seemed to be acting as if in a serious drama rather than playing the B-Movie angle here. As for the Brides of Dracula, again, gorgeous ladies but given rather dull, almost sexless look when in flight. It might have been wise to keep them in costume and simply them more adept at trickery rather than dive bombing bird creatures to keep the audience on edge.

This will be a great flick for the kids in all honesty, but for an adult who has to shell out the 12 bucks at the local movie-a-torium it is a bit of a face slap.

Not horrible but catch a matinee. 2.5 stars out of 5.

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DVD Information:

360 Degree Tour of Dracula's Castle
You Are In The Movie! The Legend Of Van Helsing
Feature Commentary With Director Stephen Sommers and Editor/Producer Bob Duscay
Feature Commentary With Richard Roxburgh, Shuler Hensley and Will Kemp
Note: The Ultimate Edition also features:
Play The Van Helsing Xbox Game!
360 Degree Tour Of Frankenstein's Lab
Van Helsing: The Story, The Life, The Legend
Track The Adventure: Van Helsing's Map
The Music Of Van Helsing
Darkness Falls: Dracula's Lair Is Transformed
Bonus Movies: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), and The Wolf Man (1941)

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