The Prophecy II (Widescreen)
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Big-screen favorite Christopher Walken (THE PROPHECY, PULP FICTION) returns in a riveting performance as the menacing angel Garbriel! When the powers of good and evil again descend to earth in a battle over humankind, the only hope for survival is the unborn child of an innocent woman (Jennifer Beals). With the help of a mysterious stranger, she races to protect her child and save all humanity ... unless Gabriel catches her first! With edge-of-your-seat thrills and suspense, THE PROPHECY II is an unforgettable motion picture experience!
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If you're wondering what happened to Thomas Daggett, would-be priest turned detective turned prophet from the first movie, that question is answered early on in this sequel. From there, the focus of the story quickly turns to Valerie Rosales (Jennifer Beals), who engages in the world's weirdest one-night stand with a man (actually an angel) she hits with her car (actually, I believe he hit her car as he fell from heaven). Anyway, the universe's fastest-growing unborn child is conceived, and it's up to the baby's father, Danyeal (Russell Wong), and the archangel Michael (Eric Roberts) to protect both child and mother from Gabriel. Coming along for the ride this time is Izzy (Brittany Murphy), whom Gabriel has kept alive following her lover's pact suicide with her boyfriend. Gabriel can turn people to salt and turn rivers red with blood, but he can't drive a car or operate the most basic of computers.Read more ›
Another thing that sets this film apart is it's theological and metaphysical sophistication. A very good case is made for a second war in heaven. This is because when God bestowed his Grace, his holy spark, unto humans, he raised them up above the angels. Some angels, like Gabriel, just couldn't stand being made second to "a bunch of talking monkeys."
In this sequel, Gabriel returns to earth. This is due to the fact, as Lucifer states early in the film, Hell isn't big enough for both of them. However, this time instead of searching for the one perfect Dark Soul to turn the tide of the heavenly war, he is searching for the new Nephilim, a child of the union of angel and mortal, heaven and earth. Such a being would have the power of an angel combined with the free will and divine spark of a human.
Oh yes, you also get more of the humerous" scenes of Gabriel intercepting the souls of suicides to serve as his helpers. In this case it is a goth girl named Iggy. I don't know why this should be so funny, but it is....
I couldn't think of an actor other than Christopher Walken who could have pulled off this role- who could believable be opposed to the forces of heaven and hell. You actually believe that he would burn down heaven to make his point....
All-in-all, I would say that this is one of those rare sequels that is as good as the original. My only complaint is with the sound levels. Much of the dialog is barely above a whisper. If you boost your sound loud enough to hear it clearly, then you get blasted out of the house by the action sequences.
There is a single soul which is blacker than all the others, and a lot of the angels want it in order to become immortal... the hunt is on!
Lots of nice spins on legend stuff... I particularly like the bit where Gabriel is reasoning with a human that he (as a - now - brutal self-serving assasin) has a right to be mentally ruined having spent eternity with "one wing dipped in blood". The murdering of men, women & children, done at the order of god without question has taken it's toll on them.
Quite jumpy in places, not as scarey as the Omen(s) or other top-line legend-horrors but a good story none-the-less
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Not much to say, other than it arrived quickly, packaged well and wasn't broke. Good deal.Published 9 months ago by T.Jayne MacLean
This film is a true classic that has a wonderful take on "Angels". I love the way they perchPublished on June 6 2010 by Jane Doe
Title says widescreen. although I cannot get this movie to play widescreen on 4 TV's I've tried, (DLP,LCD,Plasma including my own 61 inch DLP. I only see a small box. Read morePublished on March 4 2009 by ballisox
I'm speaking of the 3 movies I've seen in this series of movies, Christopher Walken is one of the best actors I have seen and this roll is his apex in my mind, totally funny + he... Read morePublished on April 7 2004
I loved the first film in the series. I did not care for this film. It didn't have enough fresh ideas, and some of the new ideas were just stupid. Read morePublished on April 17 2003 by Bridy
As a huge fan of the trilogy, I have to say that the second installment is not a great movie in itself, but it was not meant to be great by itself. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2002 by Chris Hert