Rachel, a rookie cop, is about to begin her first night shift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter and twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they're there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better. Wrong, on both counts. Six is about to arrive - and all hell will break loose!
Gabriel Goes Grunge
- Let Us Prey review by Count Otto Black
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This movie got some excellent reviews. I can only conclude that the director has a lot of friends and relatives who like writing reviews, because this is yet another no-budget British indie horror film that got a lottery grant because in a desperate bid to revitalize the once-great British film industry they'll throw a wad of cash at practically anything that isn't porn, and then sank without trace because it thoroughly deserved to.
From the ultra-generic synth music and cheap'n'cheesy CGI crows accompanying the opening credits onwards, this ugly, depressing little film demonstrates at every turn why it won't be kick-starting anyone's movie career. As you might expect from the wince-inducing pun in the title, the promotional artwork of a sinister man with big black feathery wings, and everything you see from the get-go, the basic premise is made unsubtly obvious: an angel comes to a small town to judge its resident sinners, and it's not the kind of angel that would look pretty on top of your Christmas tree. And that's about it, really.
Everyone in the small cast (the town seems to be almost deserted for no apparent reason) is utterly vile, apart from the heroine, whose characterization consists of being tough, having something horrible in her past (the nature of which is clumsily revealed far too early), and not being an irredeemably awful person like everybody else. And of course the celestial being, since Liam Cunningham can act better than the rest of the cast put together, some of whom can't act at all. Almost everything done by almost everyone is evil, sordid, irritating, or all of the above, and the cinematography is remorselessly unattractive, no doubt on purpose. The juvenile delinquent "Caesar" (presumably named after the chimpanzee played by Andy Serkis rather than the Emperor of Rome), who gets a great many lines I think we're supposed to find funny, is especially talentless and annoying.
Overall, this movie is drably nasty to look at, very badly written and acted (except for some of Liam Cunningham's scenes), and thoroughly depressing on every level. Don't waste an hour and a half of your time with it, unless you automatically enjoy any film in which nasty people do nasty things before themselves being killed in nasty ways.