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Gabriel (2008)

Andy Whitfield , Samantha Noble , Shane Abbess  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Whitfield, Samantha Noble, Dwaine Stevenson
  • Directors: Shane Abbess
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00111YM5G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gabriel" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Gabriel is a dark action/drama that takes place in the realm of Purgatory. It reveals the struggle between Arc and Fallen angels for control over the city and its population of re-born souls. At present, darkness rules and Gabriel, the last of seven Arcs sent to return light, must assume a human form for the first time. In the darkest places of the human soul, this lone arc angel's battle with his human feelings and emotions will prove as perilous as facing the Fallen. Purgatory's dangerous and seedy underworld will reveal the human condition as frail and strong, as corruptible and honorable but always undeniably powerful and precious.

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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Destroy The Fallen" ~ Angel Wars March 15, 2008
Synopsis: The Archangel Gabriel descends into the intermediate world of Purgatory on a mission to destroy a group of fallen angels who have taken control of the realm, thus preventing the human souls there from evolving upward. Six Archs (Archangels) have preceded Gabriel on this dangerous mission and all have mysteriously disappeared into the foreboding landscape. Will Gabriel be able to stand alone against the combined forces of Sammael, Amodeus, Lilith, Molloch, Ahriman and the rest? And what of the six missing Archs? What horrible fate has befallen them?

Critique: The '07 film `Gabriel' has cleverly blended disparate elements from numerable popular, financially successful films and added several interesting ideas of its own into one storyline that may not be highly original but is definitely entertaining.

Recipe for making `Gabriel':
- Begin with the basic ingredients (storyline) from the cult classic `The Prophecy' minus the comedic elements provided by Christopher Walken,
- Blend with the graphic, cinematic style of `Sin City',
- Sprinkle liberally with some of the pervasive melancholy made famous in `The Crow',
- Add a pinch of costuming ala `The Matrix', one creepy looking bald, vampirish bad guy reminiscent of `Blade II', an attractive brunette who bears a strong resemblance to Kate Beckinsale as she appeared in `Underworld' and a little `City of Angels' at the very end.

Secret Ingredient:
-For a deeper more profound flavoring check out an obscure, Indie film from '03 titled `The Despiser'. It also deals with a war in Purgatory in which the ultimate danger is that death in this realm equates to permanent extinction. Sound familiar?

While there are plenty of similarities and comparisons one can make with other films `Gabriel' is still somehow unique enough to carry a distinct flavor and texture all its own that should attract a wide audience of loyal fans. I'm certainly one!
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where angels fear to tread February 27, 2008
I haven't enjoyed a movie so much in quite a while. It's dark, gritty, action-packed, but the action doesn't distract from the great story. I especially loved that it didn't shy away from using actual biblical angel names instead of making up something to avoid offending anyone. This movie can be watched on many levels: just for the surface story or for the deeper view of humanity, good, and evil through the eyes of the main character, Gabriel. Either way, it's a great movie for all angel fans or really anyone up for a dark action movie with a good story.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film February 26, 2008
This dark, orginally unknown film is building a growing, enthusiastic following outside of its cult, low budget origins. Shot in the tradition of The Crow, Highlander and Sin City, it has an artsy, comic book appeal. Excellent production qualities, lighting and sets belie its tiny, independent film budget.

This is fantasy-horror stuff, and it takes awhile to get into the twisted apocolyptic world that the characters inhabit. However, the strong acting and near perfect casting soon grips you into this strong and mystical morality tale.

A truly remarkable find in film making, especially noteworthy coming from a group of relative unknowns from Australia. A great add to your collection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea gone awry April 12, 2008
I had some hopes for this movie when I picked it up, but after about an hour, my hopes became more concentrated on watching the timer drag slowly towards the 114 minute mark. This was a very disapointing film and the twist at the end was pretty weak I thought. All the arch angels of Heaven could not fight the forces of darkness in Purgatory, a place where the souls of people who's fate has not yet been decided go. I didn't know that that is what Purgatory was supposed to be. God can't make up his mind? Anyway, why were the fates of these souls undecided. They were practicing rapists, theives, killers and prostitutes. They were drug dealers and sellers of illegal firearms. They shouldn't have been in Purgatory if the only criteria is that God has not decided on where they should spend eternity. Anyway, the forces of darkness have taken over and arch angels from Heaven (or THE LIGHT as they called it. I guess because they had to be politically correct and not use words like God, Supreme Being, Creator etc.) were sent down one by one to defeat the forces of darkness and bring light back to Purgatory. Six archangels fail and Gabriel is the last one. When he arrives he becomes a warrior in a post-apocolytic looking city or something. I found it troubling that the weapons of choice by angels would be knives and guns and bombs and lead pipes. It was hard to accept this place as Purgatory. Anyway, the movie has it's moments when Jade is rescued, then plays not much of a part any more in the picture and when Raphael is healed. After that, the film is a series of ever increasingly boring fight scenes, including the final climactic one which seemed to take...well, it took an eternity for goodness sake. This isn't really an unwatchable film but I would not recommend it to anyone and for sure would never consider owning it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angels Packing heat! February 25, 2008
I was rather surprised by this film because I expected it to be yet another low budget flop. surprise! It is very good, has a lot of action, gunfighting, and even some special effects that were pretty good.
the story starts off with Gabriel last of the ArcAngels (their spelling, mine is ArchAngel)
well, each time he taps into the "source aka God" for power he not only grows weaker, but alerts all the demons exactly where he is.
as if that's not enough, the last 6 arcangels failed to bring about an end to the darkness and now it is totally up to gabriel to end Sammael's Reign of evil and put an end to darkness and finally release the sun.
a really well done flick but if you are looking for constantine style effects you will be dissappointed. this film has quite a few talkie spots but the story is so compelling you might not notice.
most of the effects are comprised of super strength, speed, some glowy Particle effects and changing eye color. (eyes seem to represent demon (reddish amber) angel (blue) and regular human eyes.)
my only minor gripe with the film was the fact everyone (angels and demons) used guns for fighting and naught else. still great though.

Overall: this is a good film not overloaded with effects, blood and gore etc. it is a gripping story about the final fight for purgatory and the souls of earth and the fallen angels. I'd recommend it.

4 Stars.
Extras Include:
deleted Scenes, and 3 making of featurettes. not bad.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi film for lovers of Constantine, Legion, etc
I really enjoy this film, Andy Whitfield did an amazing job, as well as the supporting cast. Sure, its not high budget, but the film is awesome for those of use that enjoy angel... Read more
Published 14 days ago by S. Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie it is all around one of my favorites . It has a great dialogue . It was written good
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is.
I bought this movie because I became a big fan of Andy Whitfield and his untimely death didn't leave many options to see his work. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Pugwamp
3.0 out of 5 stars Heaven and Hell fighting over Purgatory,
Its a 2007 Australian film set in purgatory.and follows the Archangel Gabriel's fight to rid purgatory of the Fallen angels and save the souls of its inhabitants. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vladislav
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and entertaining
I had never seen or heard of this movie before, so I decided to buy it. It's most certainly a diamond in the rough.
Published 2 months ago by Kyle F
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites
I like the concept of this movie. It is quite violent so is not for everyone. DVD Quality is top notch.
Published 2 months ago by Wendy K. Hoover
5.0 out of 5 stars such a loss
i always wonder what amazing characters Andy Whitfield would've given us especially after his amazing turn in Spartacus, such a loss. this is a charismatic performance as well
Published 3 months ago by C. PETY
I bought this movie only because Andy Whitfield was in it. I can thoroughly saw without a doubt that had he lived, Andy would have become the big screen's hugest star ever ! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sabelle Bloodrayne
1.0 out of 5 stars When Rock Stars Fall
Well, they sure look like metal warriors from the hair band days. I am shocked the sound track did not include RATT, POISON, CINDERELLA, etc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars oh my God
this movie is awesome, it gives you the feel of what is going on in heaven and on earth. some people don't know, but all that is real.
Published 3 months ago by twin2
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