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Gabriel Van Helsing is a man cursed with a past he cannot recall and driven by a mission he cannot deny. He is dispatched to Transylvania to terminate Count Dracula. But in challenging an enemy who never dies, Van Helsing uncovers a secret he never imagined and comes face-to-face with the unresolved mysteries of his own enshrouded past.
PROFANITY: A few mild profanities. SEX/NUDITY: A man is briefly shown being kissed by two women. VIOLENCE: Frequent fighting, shooting; some of it bloody. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some cigar smoking. ACTION: Many chases and fights. COMEDY: Some campy one-liners and physical gags; some verbal innuendo.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Poor Most monster movies are entrenched in the horror genre, but so little about "Van Helsing" is scary that (director) Sommers is forced to rely on action. There's plenty of that, but each set piece outlasts its welcome, and the exposition that fills the interludes is hollow and boring. 15 minutes into the movie, we're already tired of the artificiality of the fights and chases, but there's still two hours to go. "Van Helsing" quickly becomes an exercise in repetition, which leads to tedium.
Roger EbertFull Review Good At the outset, we may fear Sommers (director) is simply going for f/x overkill, but by the end, he has somehow succeeded in assembling all his monsters and plot threads into a high-voltage climax. "Van Helsing" is silly and spectacular, and fun.
USA TodayFull Review Average ...the summer movie season's first big opening, is a monster mishmash that's all about production design and special effects. The dashing Jackman plays his part well enough, but the script doesn't provide sufficient Indiana Jones-style bons mots to win us over. "Van Helsing" is about what you'd expect from Stephen Sommers, who directed the mediocre but hugely successful "Mummy." It does have a more handsome look than the "Mummy" movies, but this re-telling of "Dracula" hardly counts.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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We collected 180 moviegoer opinions. Well the opinions aren't off the charts, but they are quite good. As you can see, the opinions go down as the moviegoer age increases, but the decline isn't that significant. I would say anyone interested in this type of movie will enjoy "Van Helsing," at least to some degree. Most of you will think it's great and well worth your time and money.
There were a fair number that rated it low to very low, which isn't unusual for this type of movie. Many, if not all, of these low opinions are likely due to a fan of this type of movie bringing a companion who isn't a fan.
During a time in history when the supernatural still seemed as conceivable as the
everyday, when storytellers supplied imaginative reasons for the unexplained and when
mythic creatures still crept by night…there was a single figure fighting against the
dwindling mysteries hidden in the encroaching darkness: Van Helsing.
Gabriel Van Helsing (HUGH JACKMAN) is a man cursed with a past he cannot
recall and driven by a mission he cannot deny. Charged by a secret organization to seek
out and defeat evil the world over, his efforts to rid the world of its nightmarish creatures
have been rewarded with the title that now follows him: murderer.
Van Helsing roams the globe an outcast, a fugitive, a loner, himself hunted by
those who don't understand the true nature of his calling.
When dispatched to the shadowy world of Transylvania, Van Helsing finds a land
still mired in its past…where legendary creatures of darkness come to life…a place ruled
over by the evil, seductive and undefeatable vampire, Count Dracula (RICHARD
ROXBURGH)…and it is Dracula that Van Helsing has been sent to terminate.
Anna Valerious (KATE BECKINSALE) is one of the last of a powerful royal
family, now nearly annihilated by Dracula. A fearless hunter in her own right, Anna is
bent on avenging her ancestors and ending an ancient curse by killing the vampire.
Joined by a common foe, Van Helsing and Anna set out to destroy Dracula along
with his empire of fear. But in challenging an enemy who never dies, Van Helsing
uncovers a secret he never imagined and comes face-to-face with the unresolved
mysteries of his own enshrouded past.