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Van Helsing Review

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by Phil Hinton Oct 1, 2004

    Van Helsing Review
    Stephen Sommers, the director behind The Mummy and The Mummy Returns is back with his latest Action/Adventure movie based on the legends of Horror Cinema.

    Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is a renegade monster hunter supported by a multi faith church movement to rid the world of supernatural beings. Like James Bond, he is given the latest tools of the trade and the cutting edge gadgets like the spy hero to help in his quests. His latest mission having been a success in Paris, where he defeated Mr Hyde (Robbie Coltrane) he is handed his most urgent assignment yet. Travelling to the shadowy world of Transylvania he meets with Anna (Kate Beckinsale) the last remaining member of the royal family, set on destroying the Vampire leader, Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh). But there's more going on behind the scenes, that both heroes don't yet realise and if they don't move fast Dracula will rule the world.

    Forget any thoughts of this picture being scary or in the least bit frightening. Try cartoon caper where you are missing Scooby Doo and you have a good idea of what to expect. Fans of the classic monster movies of the past need not apply, this truly is a comic book movie full of CGI effects, which, look just like CGI effects and the plot is almost nonexistent. The acting talent look bored and seem to be going through the paces, with Richard Roxburgh's performance of Dracula being the worst screen appearance of the monster legend yet. Talk of pop corn fodder and fun action movie could also be used to describe this movie, but I fear this may be insulting to pop corn. If you like getting tanked up on a Saturday night, having a Curry and falling asleep to a mind numbing action movie then this just might be for you, otherwise avoid. Right, time to watch Battlefield Earth which is high brow cinema compared to this.