Director - Stephen Sommers
Year - (2004)

Stephen Sommers does an incredible job bringing Van Helsing to life. Sommers creates not only a spectacular story, but a stable way of actually bringing the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein together in one cinematic event. With this massive and really expensive ode to the classic Universal monsters, movie goers are sure to be stoked.

Set in the late 19th century, monster hunter Dr. Gabriel Van Helsing (Jackman) is summoned to a mysterious land in East Europe to vanquish evil forces... evil forces with names like Count Dracula (Roxburgh), the Wolf Man (Kemp), and Frankenstein's Monster (Hensley). Assisting him once he gets there is Anna (Beckinsale), the heir of a long-running family committed to hunting down and destroying Dracula.

Not bad, eh. Like I said, an incredible, mapped out way to bring these classic characters into one.

Aside the story, Van Helsing is also packed with an endless amount of visual effects. The CG work is incredible, definetly top notch. The Wolfman effects are amazing. Actually, all of the creature effects are stunning. They are probably some of the best I've seen. The camera shots are also superb.

The sound design in Van Helsing is intense. Alan Silvestri delivers another memorable score that complements the visuals perfectly.

Despite having a running time of 131 minutes, Van Helsing never overstays its welcome. This film is packed with some of the most thrilling and inventive action scenes I've seen in years.

Van Helsing is defintley one of the tops of this summer. Although you've probably read many reviews nagging about the lack of dialog and things of that nature, forget it. Van Helsing's main goal is to entertain the audience and nothing more or less. This is what the film should be judged on.

So if you are in the mood for a classic yet modern day film, Van Helsing is always a good selection.

Reviewed By - Slice and Dice

Rating ( 4 of 5 )



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