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Gabriel (film)
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Gabriel (film)
Notes: R-rating, intense strobe scenes (not sure if it's strong enough to trigger seizure, but hey, warning just in case).

I'd first like to mention that this is an independent film, with a very, *very* tiny budget ($150k AUD, according to IMDb, or under $200k AUD as stated in the DVD featurettes), so keep that in mind if you happen to pick this up. If you do, you'll be amazed at what was accomplished on film.

copy-pasted from my LJ:

According to the story, the realm of the living is that of unclaimed, unjudged souls... we are in purgatory. The fallen and the archangels fight to win influence over this reality. As it stands, the fallen have control. Six other Arcs have been sent to regain footing for Light, and all have failed. Gabriel is the last hope the world has for defeating Sammael, and the darkness his control brings.

The plot was very simple, almost too simple, but it was so character-driven that I barely noticed that the whole thing was little more than "come to earth, meet some angels, fight fight fight, omg die". The strongest and most important point, however, is humanity. Even angels, with all their light, love and power, are just as weak and troubled as the rest of mankind when they are as Man. But like Man, here in this reality, there is free will. And free will is pretty rockin'.

Maybe I'm lame, but the ending was really unexpected. I won't squeak a word, but if you see the film and you figure it out before I do... feel free to laugh in my face. Because I really didn't count on that happening :O

I was very pleased with the portrayals of the brightie-lighties, the strength and childlike innocence they all had. I would say Uriel was my favourite character (nice, as Ariel was my least favourite in Lyda Morehouse's AngeLINK novels... auuugh what did she do to him?!). Very, very well done! <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->
The d0rk side, however... ugh. You know, I'm sorry, even if some of the fallen do get pretty twisted, they don't turn into melodramatic tards. But such is the flava of movie-time evil.

Also, I find it very interesting that everyone in the film also used "The Source" as the title for God. I mean, honestly. That tickled me pink. That tickled me rainbows, actually. Rainbows.

Grit, dirt, kickass and angels. For the budget, it was a really, really good film. That crew deserves lots of beer and cookies.

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2008-03-24 8:40
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I looked at the cover and saw that Gabe was pretty masculine and put it down, I might have to rent it now.
2008-03-24 12:47
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Sounds good. Where did you rent/see it?

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2008-03-24 14:03
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I rented it from Blockbuster.com, though they did have it in the store as well. I didn't go into the movie with very high hopes, but was pleasantly surprised. The plot is simple, but straight forward. The actors do a pretty good job portraying their parts and the film doesn't over rely on too much action or special effects. It's no great film, but certainly worth a weekend watch.
2008-03-24 15:46
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Xanthus Wrote:Sounds good. Where did you rent/see it?

Didn't we see this movie or does it just sound like another movie out there?

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2008-03-25 1:40
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jonesbeachchick Wrote:I looked at the cover and saw that Gabe was pretty masculine and put it down, I might have to rent it now.
Aye, the cover is way overblown. The actor doesn't look like that at all... but he is still a cutie <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: -->


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2008-03-25 2:06
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I happen to work at blockbuster... I think I've seen it. I'll have to go rent it now.

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2008-03-26 18:24
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Okay I rented it, I think they made everyone too freakin weak and gullible and easy to defeat. I liked the actors they chose to be Michael, Raphael and Sammael. I kept thinking of Gabe as a Lezzie lol. I kinda ripped this movie apart for what wasn't that bad of a movie, I'd give it a 6.78/10.
(Kind of spoiler warning if you didn't see it you may not want to read this) IMO Uriel should have gone out in flames and he and Raphael should have put up more of a fight. Sammael (if it was really him) and Lilith would have made a much better team, and while her demise was pretty well suited she went down too easy too. The ending; okay yeah great free will you already have it; so why did you fall, after all of that (just to experience what humans do?)? They all kinda failed and were wimps, I mean think about it these angels are ancient and the strongest willed and closest to the Source, to have them go out the ways they did, just from being human, and far from the source is an insult. And the whole idea of soul death in pergatory was kinda far-fetched. What was with all the guns where were the swords, and why was everyone else so gendered?
2008-04-17 5:42
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The reason why Gabe fell was so he could remain human, because the story would've died if he returned to Heaven. Memories of what transpired here are blinked from our minds as soon as we return, and since he was the only one who knew what happened with Sammael and the rest of the Arcs (right down to the surprise end!), falling and staying on earth was the only way the truth could stay alive.

As for them being too weak... well, what are we, if not weak? For gendered... weren't we all born with one? Guns and swords... that's all we have when we're down here, aye? I think that's what I found most appealing about the film... it wasn't about angels with divine superpowers... it was about... well, us. The angel as human, living in the madness of human reality.

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2008-04-17 6:00
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I've seen that film, and might I add, they did an excellent job.
I was unaware that the budget was so low, that just makes it more amazing.

It's a good one.
I love twists.

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