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 » Gabriel, the last of seven Arcs sent to return light, must assume a human form for the first time. In the darkest places of the human soul, this lone arc angel's battle with his human feelings and emotions will prove as perilous as facing the Fallen. Purgatory's dangerous and seedy underworld will reveal the human condition as frail and strong, as corruptible and honorable but always undeniably powerful and precious.« less
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.
Secret Ingredient: -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."
Angels Packing heat!
That Review Guy | Florida, the sunshine state. | 02/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was rather surprised by this film because I expected it to be yet another low budget flop. surprise! It is very good, has a lot of action, gunfighting, and even some special effects that were pretty good. the story starts off with Gabriel last of the ArcAngels (their spelling, mine is ArchAngel) well, each time he taps into the "source aka God" for power he not only grows weaker, but alerts all the demons exactly where he is. as if that's not enough, the last 6 arcangels failed to bring about an end to the darkness and now it is totally up to gabriel to end Sammael's Reign of evil and put an end to darkness and finally release the sun. a really well done flick but if you are looking for constantine style effects you will be dissappointed. this film has quite a few talkie spots but the story is so compelling you might not notice. most of the effects are comprised of super strength, speed, some glowy Particle effects and changing eye color. (eyes seem to represent demon (reddish amber) angel (blue) and regular human eyes.) my only minor gripe with the film was the fact everyone (angels and demons) used guns for fighting and naught else. still great though.
Overall: this is a good film not overloaded with effects, blood and gore etc. it is a gripping story about the final fight for purgatory and the souls of earth and the fallen angels. I'd recommend it.
4 Stars. Extras Include: deleted Scenes, and 3 making of featurettes. not bad.
Buy it here! Gabriel"
Astounding Angels of the Wingless Kind
Author-Poet Aberjhani | Georgia, United States | 03/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
Are there any who fall, when they fall, quite so hard as angels do? Going by the scenario in Australian director Shane Abbess' extraordinary noir metaphysical drama, GABRIEL, the answer would have to be a loud "No!" As they battle in human form for control over the middle earth region of Purgatory, where human souls dwell in limbo before descending to hell or ascending to heaven, these angels use the f-word in more ways than one, revel in rebellion and debauchery by the ton, and fire blazing automatics with more deadly intent than a. S.W.A.T. team or gang bangers looped on crack.
And yet the independent filmmaker's skillful balance between Purgatory mayhem and heavenly transcendence is a finely rendered one. As he drops dreamlike from heaven to non-heaven, the archangel Gabriel ponders the fact that he is on his way to do battle in a spiritual war zone where six fellow archangels have already dared to tread but apparently failed. He is a last chance, hoping to succeed where even the mighty angel-warrior Michael has not.
Newcomer Andy Whitfield does a more than competent job as Gabriel and makes it easy to empathize with his divine anguish as he adjusts to his mortal form, seeks out his wounded angelic comrades, and launches full force into martial arts and handgun combat. Dwayne Stevenson as the manically rebellious Sammael, and one-time mentor of Gabriel, provides a powerful villainous contrast. The film progresses between scenes of healing and reunion, to those of explosive one-on-one clashes reminiscent of the most enthralling gangster-film gun battle sequences. The ending is not only unpredictable in regard to a painful choice that Gabriel makes--it is also for some viewers disturbing and controversial.
Considering the obstacles that Shane Abbess and company had to overcome to make this amazing independent film, you have to give the production team and cast credit for getting it done at all. When looking, however, at the small miracle they achieved while working with so little, it becomes difficult not to imagine how much they might have accomplished working with more.
by Author-Poet Aberjhani author of "The Bridge of Silver Wings" and Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Facts on File Library of American History) "