84 min., 2000
Written by Carl V. Dupré/Joel Soisson
Directed by Patrick Lussier
My rating: ★
There’s not enough Walken to save this movie.
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The movie picks up a few years after the second with a “flashback” of Danyael and his mom’s house being attacked by people with Molotov cocktails, she dies and Gabriel (Christopher Walken) starts to watch over him from afar. A little later, Danyael (Dave Buzzotta) is now grown up and he is preaching how god has completely forgotten about people. During his speech he is shot by a blind person (Brad Dourif), he dies and then comes back to life and figures out that he needs to find and destroy Pyriel (Scott Cleverdon). But hot on his heels is Zophael (Vincent Spano) who is trying to stop him at any cost.
The first thing I’d like to bring up is the fact that Danyael is clearly Asian at the end of part two, but for some reason in part three he is clearly Caucasian. What the fuck happened there? It seems that they didn’t even try to find someone that is remotely Asian. That is a flaw that is really hard to overlook.
The acting is just terrible with the only good performance being from, surprise surprise, Christopher Walken. Even his performance seems to be just a joke of acting. He seems to be done with this character even before his first line is spoken. Now Vincent Spano as Zophael is actually pretty good, but the main problem is that his character is, for the most part, just a Gabriel knockoff. So even at his best he just looks and sounds like a copy of a well written character that is, pretty much, no more. Kayren Ann Butler as Maggie is the worst of the bunch. As she lies dying, it looks more like she is about to fart or take a shit, than showing any amount of pain or suffering.
The influence of action films is painfully obvious in the movie, with characters jumping through the air with ease, and overly extended chase (on foot and vehicular) scenes that take up way too much time. The first two are more story driven with a little action tossed in for flavor, but this is just an action movie with the tiniest bit of story. With that being said, the effects are okay for what it is, but then again, it’s mainly action effects and any gore that is on screen is way too brief to even care about.
So this movie is trying to “cleanup” everything that happened in the first two movies and bring everything to a close. Do they? For the most part, yes. But was it worth it? Not at all. They just should have stopped with number one. Everything about this one is just even worse than the last, and the ending is just one Hollywood cliché after another and it begs the question, what was the whole point of the movie, if God was going to step in anyway to stop everything. It seemed that it was supposed to be about humans and how strong of will they are. But apparently god knew that Danyael just sucks and felt the need to help out. Lame and just a damn cop out.Have You Read...?