The Prophecy Reviews
"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.
"Go to Hell!"
"Heaven. At least get the zipcode right."
Otherwise it's not a bad film, just very average.
How can one not be intrigued by that, here is the best & the first of the Prophecy collection. A film led by an all-star cast of actors: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, Adam Goldberg, Amanda Plummer, and-lo and behold-Viggo Mortensen (with a small part, that is). Of course this also gives a heartening welcome to uprising star, Moriah Shining Dove Synder. This movie is a reflection of Walken's ingenuity as he portrays an archangel, Gabriel. Mortensen also shines as the infamous fallen angel, Lucifier. Elias Koteas as Thomas Daggett, a detective who was about to become a priest but lost his faith in God. The film location is Superior, Arizona. This film gives a slight recognition to Native Americans (particulary Navajos). For example: Lucifer speaking a Navajo word that details "continue/go forth", a short scene where Mary is getting help by a hand trembler (a Navajo doctor who diagnoses which type of ceremony to use to "heal" [a person]), and of course, the last scene in the movie where a singing is taking place and Mary sits on a sandpainting (which also refers back to a Navajo ceremony). Fascinating! There's a cultural reference. Of course, there's Adam Goldberg. He's one among my favorite actors, and is simply brilliant in this movie. He portrays Jerry, a guy who commits suicide but is brought back to life by Gabriel (Walken) to serve, and through the film gives innovative, quirky quotes that only Goldberg is known for (which makes him terrific in my opinion).
Gabriel: It's not here.
Jerry: Bad news for the war effort.
Gabriel: SHUT UP!
EXCELLENT MOVIE!! IT'S A MUST SEE-