Right, let’s kick things off with the prologue. I loved how the Universal logo transformed into the ball of flame, of the torch one of the rioters were carrying. I am still in love with Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory! It’s not just the inventions and gadgets that were used, but also the fireplace, the balconies and the large window area. The entire scenery was just perfect.
NOTE: Those of you that know me, should know how much of a fan I am of steampunk/regency stuff. But yeah, imagine that lab as a TARDIS console room!
The fight with Mr. Hyde in Notre Dame was a brilliant way of introducing our hero, Van Helsing into the story. It showed us how experienced Van Helsing is when it comes to the life he lives.
When he returns to Rome and we see the domain of the Holy Order, I love how the order were preparing themselves against evil via making multiple types of weaponry and also using science as an advantage as well.
Kate Beckinsale was amazing – and hot – as always! The character that she played has such a strong storyline and I seriously didn’t expect a slight romance between Anna Valerious (her character) and Van Helsing.
When Van Helsing, and Carl (his assistant from the Holy Order) arrive in Transylvania they are greeted by the town folk and Anna with hostility. I love the fact that action instantly happens when the vampire brides make an attempt to kill Anna. I also like how Van Helsing and Carl work together by using their skills and knowledge to save her.
During the night, Anna is visited by her brother and discovers he has become a werewolf.
When Velkan flees the scene, Anna puts her trust in Van Helsing, in helping her find her brother.
The search leads to Castle Frankenstein, the domain where the pair of them unearth the plot of Count Dracula.
When Van Helsing and Count Dracula finally came face to face, it got a lot more interesting when we learned that Dracula has the knowledge of his past, which makes the whole situation somewhat personal to Van Helsing.
Anna, meanwhile, locates her brother and fails to free him due to the werewolf being unleashed. Luckily bumping into Van Helsing, the pair of them succeed in fleeing the castle. The grapple gun is a brilliant piece of ingenuity!
Seeking shelter within the remnants of a windmill from a storm, Van Helsing and Anna have a moment together. I thought it was interesting when Anna asked him if he has any family. I liked it when the moment instantly ended when they fall through the ground and find themselves in a cavernous place – Which is where Frankenstein’s Monster is properly revealed to us. This is where we also learn that the monster is the key for Dracula’s plan to actually succeed after a number of failed attempts.
Van Helsing, Carl and Anna make an attempt to take Frankenstein’s Monster to Rome.
Into the night, they get attacked by the remaining vampire brides and eventually the werewolf.
This entire scene, I loved! I thought it was cleverly well done with the swapping of the carriages and the fact Carl and the Monster worked together in aiding Anna and Van Helsing.
At the Halloween ball, Van Helsing and Carl manage to free Anna from being turned into a vampire by Dracula, in the very nick of time. I thought it was cool when all of Dracula’s guests turned out to be vampires, Van Helsing and his friends escape the place by jumping through the window and that Carl’s mysterious device turned out to be a weapon – which destroys all the vampire guests in the building!
Putting their skills, knowledge and experience together; Van Helsing and his friends come up with a plan to stop Dracula. I love how the three of them work together in doing so and also find the secret doorway to Castle Dracula.
With Anna and Carl in search for the cure, Van Helsing heads off to rescue Frankenstein’s Monster – whom are friends at this stage of the story. The Monster is freed, the cure has been found and the last vampire bride is slain.
The battle between Van Helsing and Dracula was pretty good. I loved the special and visual effects that were used for the transformation when Van Helsing turned into a werewolf.
As for Anna’s death, that was a shocker for me (When I watched it for the first time). I never expected that to happen. I loved the special effects that were used when we witness the werewolf creature being erased from Van Helsing’s life. Seeing Anna reunited with her family in the afterlife – THAT, was a beautiful moment!
When the story ended with Van Helsing and Carl horse riding off into the distance, I believe that was the best way of ending it because, being a lover of fantasy action and adventure, you get the feel that these two characters are off to even more adventures.
I have played the game Van Helsing on the original Xbox and it is one of my favourite games!
Those of you who love anything to do with fantasy, action and adventure, I seriously recommend the soundtrack for the film as well. It was done by Hanz Zimmer after all!
If I had the money to cosplay as someone for Comic Con, I would cosplay as Van Helsing!