The Prophecy 3: The Ascent
Dir: Patrick Lussier
Star: Christopher Walken, Kayren Ann Butler, Vincent Spano, Dave Buzzotta
Cert / Year: 15 - R / 2000
Format: DVD R2

Forced to live as a mortal on Earth amongst the "talking monkeys", Gabriel ( Christopher Walken) in a reversal of fortunes and whilst enjoying his human appetites such as driving a car, eating sugar coated doughnuts and sex of course has become an unofficial guardian angel to the nephilim Danyael (whom he tried to kill during The Prophecy 2 ) and has successfully protected him several times. Now as Danyael (Dave Buzzotta) comes to terms with the realization of what he truly is, Gabriel must guide him further toward his destiny as one of Gabriel's former allies, a ruthless angel called Zophael (Vincent Spano) hunts him down in an attempt to stop him from fulfilling another prophecy by preventing armageddon by confronting the angel Pyriel, the angel of genocide.

Thankfully Christopher Walken is given a much broader perspective this time around in order to better animate his superb character of Gabriel. Gone is the absurd looking dyed black hair that seemed to just sit atop his head and now a mane of distinguished grey affords the character an air of a magician..... or a tramp. A far better depiction of this character which is now also afforded some dark humour which also helps flesh him out better. I have to admit that the scene featuring Gabriel driving a convertable down a deserted highway whilst playing his trumpet in accompaniment to "Telstar" over the radio is hilarious. Pointless and ultimately has nothing whatsoever to do with the story, but still an amusing set piece. Vincent Spano provides a reasonable performance for a "try hard" but nothing to get excited about, likewise the dull and generally unimaginative "TV star" type performance of newcomer Dave Buzzotta. Surely they could have gotten someone with an ounce of acting ability for the male "lead"? On the plus side Steve Hytner reprises his role as Joe the pathologist / coroner again, making only him and Christopher Walken the only characters to appear in all three films. Once again I'm afraid that it is Christopher Walken that saves the day and the film.

Prophecy 3: The Ascent is not an irredeemably bad film at all as it does retain a continuity with the first two films. To fully appreciate this film though, just as with The Prophecy 2 you would really need to watch The Prophecy in order for it all to make sense and to appreciate many of the little in jokes. Not as good as The Prophecy but a worthy successor on the whole. The film lacks much of the style and vision of The Prophecy but it does manage some infrequently slick direction and set pieces here and there courtesy of Patrick Lussier ( Dracula 2001) making his directorial debut after a career of editing horror movies for cult director, Wes Craven. This is not a particuarly impressive debut for Lussier and it is surprising he got another opportunity after this.

The ending is painfully predicatable and the significance of the Angelic skeleton featured at the beginning of each film is finally explained. Overrall the film is better paced than The Prophecy 2 but that isn't too difficult, and is also able to afford some of the characters a bit more depth which also indulges a little humour here and there. Realistically though the film is seriously lacking in atmosphere and features some quite poor performances. Even blind religious zealot character played by consumate evil character actor Brad Dourif is underplayed and lacking his usual intensity.


Gabriel: "I'd die every night, if I had the money.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Picture 1.85:1 Widescreen Good clean image
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 Good quality but just doesn't do anything impressive
Features Dull and unimaginative static menu
Theatrical trailer
Verdict A real pity there isn't any noteworthy extras on this release. You would have thought that a big star leading the cast would ensure a decent release instead of this rather poor presentation.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home