If you're looking for a mile-a-minute no-brainer
movie jam-packed with action scenes, hot chicks, wild beasts,
midgets who look like Ewoks, and just about every monster you
can think of, you might just enjoy this film. I sure did.
It's hardly a masterpiece, but knows where
it's going and delivers a non-stop monster clash that's just
The main thing about this kind of summer
blockbuster is the roller coaster ride it puts you on.
The first half-hour of this movie is great.
It doesn't take itself too seriously and pokes fun at both the
James Bond and monster genres.
Unfortunately, that's where it stops. More
action than horror, Van Helsing attempts to draw you away
from its lack of plot by assaulting your senses with a constant
stream of computer-generated images.
Hugh Jackman holds his own, but effects
do not a movie make.
The movie is a 19th-century tale of an
emotionally conflicted monster hunter who combats Dracula, Frankenstein,
and The Wolfman.
The action film runs at a fast pace and
doesn't slow down long enough to build relationships or character
But it's all meant to be tongue-in-cheek.
I liked the music by Alan Silvestri, with
the many exciting soundtrack buildups.