Van Helsing Review
Written by: Ash's missing hand
There have been tons of movies that unites two monsters, either with or against each other. This film brings Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, Igor, and even Mr. Hyde who seems to think he is the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It's like a greatest hits record of classic monsters.
The story is about Dracula's need to discover the secret of Frankenstein's Monster (Shuler Hensley) because he can use it to bring his offspring to life. Since Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) and his vampire brides are all dead, they cannot give birth, of course, to live children. His offspring hang from the ceiling wrapped in cocoons. Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is a monster-killer and is accompanied by a friar named Carl (David Wenham). His first job is to track down Mr. Hyde (Robbie Coltrane), who now lives in Notre Dame cathedral. The job doesn't go well, so Van Helsing moves on to the Vatican City to get new orders and get resupplied by a medieval version of Q.
The next stop is a village in Transylvania and when they arrive are almost immediatley burned at the stake just on principle. They village is attacked by three flying vampiresses, who scoop up their victims and fly off to enjoy their blood in private. Van Helsing fights them with a crossbow that shoots arrows like a machine gun. This leads to him meeting Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) and her brother Velkan (Will Kemp), who are the last of nine generations of their family that have been trying to vanquish Dracula. Anna is suspicious of Van Helsing at first, but soon become partners in the quest to kill Dracula. If you kill Dracula, all the vampires he created will also die. The rest of the movie i don't want to spoil.
CGI can get very boring, but it can also create a visual bonanza. The movie is violent, hectic, bizarre, and has great CGI to look at. It would have been easy for it to go into F/X overload, but instead is silly and fun.