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Actors: Andy Whitfield, Samantha Noble, Dwaine Stevenson
Director: Shane Abbess
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Gabriel is a dark action/drama that takes place in the realm of Purgatory. It reveals the struggle between Arc and Fallen angels for control over the city and its population of re-born souls. At present, darkness rules and... more »
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Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 9/29/2010...
GABRIEL is very different, weird little film. It arrived without much fanfare and that's really shameful. With all the usual mindless dreck that is spit out at us, GABRIEL was better than that.
There is a battle for the souls of Earth, the warriors of heaven and hell sparring on our turf. And they have big guns! How can you not love a movie about angels carrying big guns? Yes, there is the spiritual aspect, but these aren't your dad's "angels". Most of them have lost the faith and are trapped here, either living in fear or dulling the pain with drugs.
Andy Whitfield is excellent. If he seems familiar, he's on Starz's equally excellent SPARTACUS series. I was looking forward to Season Two of that, but with Whitfield's health issues, the series appears to be in limbo. This is so sad, given Whitfield's talent. He truly makes GABRIEL compelling.
So, the verdict? I enjoyed it. GABRIEL might not be for everyone, but it definitely has it's moments. I'll never look at a picture of "angels" the same way again.
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"Destroy The Fallen" ~ Angel Wars
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 03/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Synopsis: The Archangel Gabriel descends into the intermediate world of Purgatory on a mission to destroy a group of fallen angels who have taken control of the realm, thus preventing the human souls there from evolving upward. Six Archs (Archangels) have preceded Gabriel on this dangerous mission and all have mysteriously disappeared into the foreboding landscape. Will Gabriel be able to stand alone against the combined forces of Sammael, Amodeus, Lilith, Molloch, Ahriman and the rest? And what of the six missing Archs? What horrible fate has befallen them?
Critique: The '07 film `Gabriel' has cleverly blended disparate elements from numerable popular, financially successful films and added several interesting ideas of its own into one storyline that may not be highly original but is definitely entertaining.
Recipe for making `Gabriel':
- Begin with the basic ingredients (storyline) from the cult classic `The Prophecy' minus the comedic elements provided by Christopher Walken,
- Blend with the graphic, cinematic style of `Sin City',
- Sprinkle liberally with some of the pervasive melancholy made famous in `The Crow',
- Add a pinch of costuming ala `The Matrix, one creepy looking bald, vampirish bad guy reminiscent of `Blade II', an attractive brunette who bears a strong resemblance to Kate Beckinsale as she appeared in `Underworld' and a little `City of Angels' at the very end.
-For a deeper more profound flavoring check out an obscure, Indie film from '03 titled `The Despiser'. It also deals with a war in Purgatory in which the ultimate danger is that death in this realm equates to permanent extinction. Sound familiar?
While there are plenty of similarities and comparisons one can make with other films `Gabriel' is still somehow unique enough to carry a distinct flavor and texture all its own that should attract a wide audience of loyal fans. I'm certainly one!"
Where angels fear to tread
Taylor Corbet | PA, USA | 02/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't enjoyed a movie so much in quite a while. It's dark, gritty, action-packed, but the action doesn't distract from the great story. I especially loved that it didn't shy away from using actual biblical angel names instead of making up something to avoid offending anyone. This movie can be watched on many levels: just for the surface story or for the deeper view of humanity, good, and evil through the eyes of the main character, Gabriel. Either way, it's a great movie for all angel fans or really anyone up for a dark action movie with a good story."
Technology-Report.com | Bay Area, CA USA | 02/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This dark, orginally unknown film is building a growing, enthusiastic following outside of its cult, low budget origins. Shot in the tradition of The Crow, Highlander and Sin City, it has an artsy, comic book appeal. Excellent production qualities, lighting and sets belie its tiny, independent film budget.
This is fantasy-horror stuff, and it takes awhile to get into the twisted apocolyptic world that the characters inhabit. However, the strong acting and near perfect casting soon grips you into this strong and mystical morality tale.
A truly remarkable find in film making, especially noteworthy coming from a group of relative unknowns from Australia. A great add to your collection."