Wednesday, September 14, 2011

365 Movies Day #170 "The Prophecy"

This one is an old favorite of mine. Probably Christopher Walken at his most bad ass and that's saying something. Not his first time to the blog ("KILL THE IRISHMAN" and "THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD"), Walken is fantastic in this as Gabriel, an angel descended to earth with an extreme distaste for humans. His goal is to bring about an end to a long running war in heaven and lets just say he's not on the good side.

Standing in his way are fellow angel Simon, played by Eric "I was almost Marty McFly" Stoltz, and priest turned cop, Thomas Daggett, played by Elias Koteas. Now Stoltz is surprisingly a newcomer to the blog with this film. I have dug him in a lot of stuff that isn't necessarily mainstream film shlog. You'll probably hear more from him later, but definitely not for short-lived Galactica follow-up "Caprica". Koteas was mentioned before for "DEFENDOR" and while this role is one of his best, I will always remember him as Casey Jones from "TMNT". Also new to the blog is Virginia Madsen (sister to Michael and has done flicks like "Sideways" and "The Number 23").

One of the coolest performances is an early sign from the stars that Viggo Mortensen was a talented SOB. He plays Lucifer in this film in a way that will send shivers up your spine. Last time we gave props to him was for his masterful badassery in "EASTERN PROMISES".

This was also director Gregory Widen's first and only feature film, which is sad because it rocked. You may recognize his work as a writer more. No? Well if you're a "Highlander" fan, you owe it all to this guy. He wrote the original as well as "Backdraft". With all the crappy filmmakers out there, THIS is a guy who needed to work more. We miss you Greg, come back.


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