Plot: The archangel Gabriel (Christopher Walken) has come to earth to stir up some trouble, thanks to conflicts in the heavens. As he dislikes how God seems to favor humans over his own angels, Gabriel plans to revolt and bring a battle to the gates of heaven, but he needs an army behind him. So he ventures to earth to seek out souls to turn to his cause and racks up a number of low level minions, but he needs real power to have a chance in this conflict. A powerful soul is under the protection of a young girl, but Gabriel won’t allow the presence of innocence to stop his march and he plans to take the soul, by whatever means necessary. But in his path is Thomas (Elias Koteas), a homicide detective with a past in the church and a special connection to the supernatural. Can one man with a past of broken faith make a stand against a force of evil like Gabriel, or is mankind doomed to perish in this epic clash?
Entertainment Value: I appreciate The Prophecy’s attempt to bring some theology into the horror genre, but the movie overall is a rather forgettable experience outside of Christopher Walken’s fun performance. The narrative shows sparks of potential, but fails to make the theological aspects interesting and feels drawn out at times. If you have a real interest in angels, demons, and the like, then you might connect more with the narrative here, but it does little to make use of the depth of potential and just drops a few tidbits of lore here and there. The story and performances aren’t good enough to be taken seriously, but not campy enough to fall into b movie vibes, so we end up with a mediocre result. Walken is the draw here, as he takes the weak script and dials up his performance to make it at least somewhat enjoyable, in an over the top and often hilarious effort. If the rest of the movie could match Walken’s enthusiasm, The Prophecy could have been quite fun, but that’s not the case. Eric Stoltz, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Viggo Mortensen, and Amanda Plummer round out the stacked cast, but no one is memorable whatsoever, aside from Walken. A lot of potential in this one, but a bland, forgettable end result.
No nakedness. If you were hoping for wild, angelic love and lust, no such luck this time around. Not a wealth of bloodshed, but Gabriel is attacked throughout the movie and that yields some splashy bullet wounds. There’s also some gruesome autopsy moments, but nothing too graphic or over the top. I’d rank the violence highlight as some folks that are burned alive in unholy hellfire, which is made even cooler by the fact that Walken is the man behind the flames. So in the end, a some nice gun shot wounds and fiery deaths, but not a lot of bloodshed or violence. The dialogue shows some signs of life, with Walken as a consistent source of ridiculous lines and a mix of simplified theology, wisecracks, and odd moments. I just wish the movie embraced the camp value here, as it spirals back into overly serious tedium too often. As for the insanity scale, aside from Walken, there’s not much wackiness to mention here. But he is over the top enough to earn a couple points all by his lonesome.
Overall Insanity: 2/10