THE PROPHECY

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Release Date: September 01, 1995

Starring: Christopher Walken, Elias
Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric
Stoltz, & Amanda Plummer

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Audience:

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 102 minutes

Distributor: Miramax Films

Director: Gregory Widen

Executive Producer:

Producer: Joel Soisson, W.K. Border &
Michael Leary

Writer: Gregory Widen

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Content:

(Ab, B, C, FR, OO, L, VV, S, M) Ultimately blasphemous movie with many accurate biblical references describing events associated with the fall, positive references to Christ & the Catholic Church, but regrettably marred by many anti-biblical accounts involving a second group of fallen angels led by Gabriel plus American Indian religious practices & references to the unbiblical transmigration of souls; 10 obscenities, 3 profanities (all chastised) & 1 vulgarity; moderate but gross violence including horrifying visions, knifing, impaling, throwing man out of window, man hit by car, & instantaneous combustion of man; pornography use suggested; and, jealousy themes

Summary:

THE PROPHECY contains some accurate description of Lucifer and his fall from Heaven, but it also contains false, far-fetched ideas of a second angelic fall from grace. When the angel Gabriel comes to earth to find the soul of a deceased war criminal to help him overthrow heaven, a priest-turned-cop tries to stop him. This movie plays "what-if" with Bible stories and ends up being campy, misleading and blasphemous.

Review:

In THE PROPHECY, Thomas Daggett is a priest just about to receive his ordination. At the alter, he is visited with horrific visions and he abandons his faith and becomes a detective. When an angel is murdered, Daggett finds a missing chapter of the Bible which states that there was a second fall of angels in heaven after Lucifer and his cohorts fell. This time, the revolt was led by Gabriel out of spite and jealousy that God gave humanity a spirit and a soul. Gabriel is now seeking to gain control of heaven, by visiting earth and employing the soul of a ruthless war hero. The chilling climax involves a battle between Gabriel, Daggett and of all beings, Lucifer.

For such an interesting premise, THE PROPHECY isn't well-executed. The story would have been much more interesting as a war film between Heaven and the fallen angel factions. While this movie is remarkable in its frank discussion of biblical doctrine and matters of faith, it is ultimately inaccurate. The Bible says not to add nor subtract anything from its pages, so the whole 23rd chapter of Revelation story is blasphemous. Anyone looking for truth should not look to this movie, but to the Bible. Also, this film suggests that American Indian practices can exorcise spirits from humans. It is Jesus Christ, and not Mother Earth, who is ruler over all.

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