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5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprsingly Powerful Movie, Aug. 9 2008
I rented this DVD and had a very low expectation of it based on the description on the back cover and the melodramatic picture of the winged and bare chested angel on the front.
I was certainly not expecting a good film, let alone an excellent one. It is all the more impressive as it turns out to be have been made on a budget of $200,000 Australian.
The plot is that 7 archangels and 7 fallen angels are in competition for the souls in Purgatory. Purgatory is portrayed as a corrupt, seedy modern city, rife with drug abuse and prostitution. 6 archangels prior to Gabriel have failed to restore the light to this place. The fallen angels are in control and Gabriel is the last chance.
This sounds very trite, but is surprisingly well done. The acting is consistently very good in the film. The confrontation between Gabriel and the demonic overlord Sammael at the end of the film is a stroke of genius. This DVD gets better with further viewings, as it is only then that you come to understand the impact of the minor details.