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The Prophecy

The Prophecy (1995)

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The directorial debut from Highlander screenwriter Gregory Widen stars Christopher Walken as the angel Gabriel, who, fed up with God giving all of his attention to humans, decides to stage a sort of coup. With plans of killing all of the good angels, Gabriel decides to enlist the help of a recently deceased and inhumanly malevolent army general. In order to prevent Gabriel from obtaining the help of the vicious Korean War vet, good angel Simon (Eric Stoltz) stashes the general's soul in an

Feb 9, 1999

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Surprisingly, the appearance of perennial film weirdo Walken in slicked-back raven hair actually marks the point where The Prophecy begins to slow down and deteriorate.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

I like to think that Walken flipped through the script, realized how lame it was, and decided to have some fun anyway.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

Angels battling on earth, a hammy Walken; church is more interesting.

March 20, 2004 | Comment (1)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Christopher Walken is a wonderful thing.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

It looked a lot fresher when it was new, but it's still intriguing.

June 23, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Top-notch combination of Supernatural thrills and Walken-esque sensation

April 27, 2003 | Comment (1)
Moviehole

Chris Walken is worth the price of admission

March 20, 2003
Reeling Reviews

Paradise Lost reimagined as a droll B horror picture. Walken is terrific, as always, and Viggo Mortensen's cameo is worth the price of admission alone.

March 18, 2003
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Gabriel: I'm an angel. I kill firstborns while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls from little girls, and from now till kingdom come, the only thing you can count on in your existence is never understanding why.

"There is a war in heaven and hell is about to break loose."

The Prophecy is a pretty good little religious horror, thriller. If there's one way of describing this film, it would have to be, interesting. Every development in the plot and with the characters(humans and angels alike) are all very interesting. If there's a problem with the film, it's the lack of satisfaction that comes from the ending. As the movie wrapped up, I was left with a feeling that someone came up with a great story, but had no satisfactory way of ending it. All in all though, this is still a more than worthwhile movie.

Thomas once had the voice of God with him, and he was on his way to becoming a priest. Then on the day he was to be ordained, the voice left him. Now he is a detective, but with his knowledge of the bible and angels, he soon comes to realize that there is a second war among the angels going on. This war concerns the souls of all humans. See, a group of angels became jealous when humans were given souls and they weren't. A fallen angel named Gabriel is now lurking around trying to find the darkest of all souls, which was hidden in a little girl, and Thomas has taken it upon himself to save the little girl.

Although the story is pretty intriguing, the best part of this film has to be Christopher Walken as Gabriel. There couldn't have been a more perfect choice for Gabriel then Walken. Also, Elias Koteas, a very underrated actor does a good job as Thomas, and Viggo Mortensen shows up near the end as Lucifer in one of the more optimistic characterizations of him we've seen. 

The Prophecy is by no means a great film, but it is an entertaining and fairly well thought out one. These religious horror films almost always turn out bad, and it's nice to see that every once in a while, a good one can be made. This is worth a look, if not just for Christopher Walken's performance. 
May 25, 2013
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The two sides of an angelic civil war hunt for the soul of a war criminal who may tip the balance of power in a backwater town in Arizona. The Prophecy slipped under the radar at the time because it was a straight to DVD release, but don't let that put you off. Rather than big budget effects and star names, the strengths of this film are in its excellent cast, strong concept and some smart dialogue making for an entertaining off beat thriller. Very much in the vein of the X-Files, The Prophecy combines a police investigation with religious mythology and the supernatural and features some nice Tarantino-esque humour. Christopher Walken's trademark charisma and eccentricities make him perfect for the part of a malevolent angel and Viggo Mortensen makes a memorable Lucifer. This of course means the bad guys are much more interesting than the heroes and the narrative doesn't flow as well as it might; the ending is actually something of an anti-climax. But the good far outweighs the bad in a film that has influenced everything from Dogma to TV show Supernatural. Well worth a look if you're a fan.
November 2, 2011
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I really enjoyed the whole idea that this movie was approached by more of a sci-fi aspect than religious. It's shot really well, the acting was surprisingly great and the story is original. Christopher Walken as Gabriel, Viggo as Lucifer and Elias Koteas as a detective. It's almost too good. I just really liked the overall tone of the film, it was able to jump from comedy to drama and horror.
November 18, 2009
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    1. Jerry: Never trust a fucking angel.
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
    1. Angel Gabriel: You know how you got that dent, on your top lip? Way back, before you were born, I told you a secret, -- then I put my finger there -- and I said 'Shh.
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
    1. Angel Gabriel: Bye kids, study your math! Key to the universe!
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
    1. Katherine: Go to hell!
    2. Angel Gabriel: Heaven, darling, Heaven. At least get the zip code right.
    3. Katherine: It's all the same to you, isn't it?
    4. Angel Gabriel: No! In Heaven, we believe in love.
    5. Katherine: What do you love, Gabriel?
    6. Angel Gabriel: Cracking your skull.
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
    1. Lucifer: Leave a light on, Thomas.
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
    1. Angel Gabriel: I'm an angel, I kill first born's while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls from little girls and from now until kingdom COME, the only thing you can COUNT ON, in your EXISTENCE.. Is never understanding why.
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
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