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A group of strangers fight for the welfare of humanity.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 5.0/10 (39,518 voted)
Critic's Score: 32/100
Scott Charles Stewart
Stars: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton
Storyline An out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in humankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner with the Archangel Michael (Bettany).
Writers: Peter Schink, Scott Charles Stewart
Cast: Paul Bettany
Charles S. Dutton
Ice Cream Man
When the last angel falls, the fight for mankind begins.
Opening Weekend: $17,501,625
(24 January 2010)
(21 March 2010)
Did You Know?
The tattoos on Michael (and later Jeep) are Enochian, a language supposedly of the angels as recorded by John Dee and his seer Edward Kelley in the late 16th century, which they claimed was revealed to them by angels.
When Audrey is in the minivan, one of the possessed scratch the window leaving visible marks, in the next shot the scratches are gone.
When I was a little girl, my mother would remind me each night before bed, to open up my heart to God, for He was kind, merciful, and just. Things changed when my father left a few years later, leaving her to raise me and my brothers in a place on the edge of the Mojave Desert. She never talked of a kind and merciful God again. Instead she spoke of a prophecy. Of a time when all the world would be covered in darkness and the fate of mankind would be decided. One night, I finally got the courage to ask my mother why God had changed, why He was so mad at His children. "I don't know," she said, tucking the covers around me, "I guess He just got tired of all the bullshit."
The last 30 minutes undo the previous 70 minutes worth of good will.
I wanted to like this film, the only problem is it has very large shoes
to fill. The two films that come to mind, obviously, are "Tales from
the Crypt: Demon Knight" with Billy Zane (rated a 6.6/10 here) which
tackled the whole "end of the world/standoff in diner/lone hero
fighting alongside the little guys against a legion of bad guys" thing
10 times better and "The Prophecy" with Christopher Walken (also rated
a 6.6/10 here) which tackled the whole "good angel versus bad
angel/showdown on earth" thing 10 times better. Both came out in 1995
and while they didn't have the special effects that this one had, they
had a cohesive story, GREAT acting and believable characters.
The internet is going to crucify this film, so I'm just going to break
it down simply: The first hour or so is pretty good, and if it had
stopped at the 70 minute mark, it could come close to the 6.x rating
it's getting now. The last 30 minutes is a rushed, hatchet job that
will make you regret seeing this film.
Also, SHAME on the editors of the film trailer for spoiling the two
best scenes of the film (the old lady "reveal" and the ice cream man
"reveal".) I hate when you do this. You stole all of the impact those
scenes had and lowered my rating by a point.
Don't pay to see this film, rent "The Prophecy" and "Tales from the
Crypt: Demon Knight" instead.