Don’t believe the mediocre rating on imdb.com, Gabriel is a pretty amazing film. Great story, and fantastic set design, on a tight budget and tighter schedule no less. Ah well, what movie doesn’t cry about budget restrictions when they *only* have two-hundred grand to make a feature film? Ha! In Australia, no less.
The story takes place in Purgatory, where a group of angels is sent from heaven to battle against a group of demons for dominance of this middle-ground. The angel Gabriel arrives only to find that the angels who came before him are doing Very Poorly: those who haven’t succumbed to their pathetic humanity have disappeared completely, and several powerful demons are in complete control of Purgatory.
Fans of Gothic films like Blade Runner and The Crow should definitely see this film. And filmmakers will want to watch the “behind the scenes” on the DVD, which are Real Behind The Scenes, and not Production Crew Kissing The Director’s Ass.
It was great to see the guy who wrote the music score for the film whine about getting ONLY ten grand and a year to do it! They should have talked to me, I scored a feature film in a month, on a budget one-ten-thousandth of his!