Reviews for Van Helsing
Video Librarian Reviews
The epitome of everything that's wrong with $160 million B-movies, Van Helsing is an inane, soulless, 19th-century vampire-hunting action flick full of computer-F/X overkill and ham-fisted actors chewing on stale catchphrase dialogue as if it's a mouthful of flavorless bubblegum. Despite being inspired (if you can even call it that) by a character in Dracula (the titular vampire hunter played by Hugh Jackman as a teeth-gritting cardboard cutout version of an Indiana Jones ancestor) and despite lifting a slew of monsters from other classic horror tales, the picture has little story to speak of--just a few minutes about Bram Stoker's bloodsucker using the reanimation technique of Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein to zap life into thousands of his gestating bat-baby offspring. Writer-director Stephen Sommers (who clearly blew all his talent on The Mummy--as anyone who's seen The Mummy Returns can attest) couldn't be bothered with anything more than Cliff Notes-level character development, opting instead for a numbing, style-without-substance approach that serves up endlessly uninteresting CGI effects, cliff-side chase scenes, and an array of ridiculous gadgetry. Not recommended. (R. Blackwelder) Copyright Video Librarian Reviews 2004.