Monday, September 05, 2005

Prophecy, The : Uprising (2005)

Class, please skip the next chapter in horror and go right to chapter 666...

Genre: Fantasy Action Horror Thriller

Starring: Catalina Alexandru, Sean Pertwee (Equilibrium; Dog Soldiers)

Directed By: Joel Soisson

Overview: Angels have returned to search for a biblical tome that could mean an end to the eternal struggle in Hell.

Acting: The crew and their director obviously had a decent budget, obviously had time to shoot and reshoot the odd scenes over to get the moment just right. These guys did their best with what they had, and the occasional element of fear and sadism were well portrayed.
Rating: 7

Cinematography: Slow-mo shots and wide panoramas were something I didn't expect from this production and I was happily surprised at their presence. There was definitely some high art in this. Decent.
Rating: 7

Script: The writing on the other hand was not the best. The issue was one of plot though. How many times can you say the same thing? All this explanation. I think less would have been more for this, and imagine a film where you get what's going on on a basic level, but it's so way over your head there's no reason explaining it. If this had had the silence of 2001, I think it would have done much better.
Rating: 5

Plot: The plot was overall rather weak. It captured none of the mystery like the original Prophecy did. It's like we all knew what the deal was, so they didn't have to rustle us in (another reason why the overall mood suffers). This film was too short, but at the same time not short enough. The plot was the worst part of this story.
Rating: 5

Mood: There were even some recurring themes, like still shots of angelic statues with clouds flying by. The subtle special effects like the shadows of Belial, or that angel that is simply golden rays of light is what made this movie for me and my guest.
Rating: 7

You know what's NOT intimidating to an angel? Average Joe Guy with bug eyes. Nope, they don't even flinch...

Overall Rating: 62% (Predictable)

Aftertaste: Yeah, yeah, straight to video. I've seen Prophecy 1 through 3, it's one of those things I had to watch, cause I like angels and demons that much. I was quite impressed with the look and feel of the production, and as straight to video niche sequels go, it's good, but stand alone? Really, not that exciting. Don't bother unless you're a hardcore fan.