Friday, November 16, 2007
I wanted to like Gabriel. Heard the stories about the sacrifices that went into making it, all the favours called in, the commitments made by those who saw potential and believed. I wanted it to work out for them.
Unfortunately it's really really boring. One couple walked out with 30 minutes left to run. I envied their resolve while my need to see the conclusion kept me in my seat bearing witness to the excruciating accent slips in the final scenes. There's one decent fight scene half way through, but the rest of the two hours is little more than f-bomb-laden exposition punctuated with short dull fights. Goths and leather/rubber fetishists will love the costumes, but I'm not sure if fans of The Crow, Dark City, Underworld and The Matrix will appreciate the look of purgatory or judge it derivative.
I can't believe the yanks are going ape over this on the IMDB message boards. I'm with David Stratton; one and a half stars, and only for effort.