I Am... Gabriel (2012 Video)
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For those out there who'll lament that its a Christian film and speaks of God...well just don't watch it and don't b*$#@h about it! I'm always amazed how people can be OK accepting concepts in Star Wars like "The Force", and "Use The Force," yet be totally not OK with the parallel concept of God and Prayer. Really...what's the difference? Anyway, I'm not here to rant or preach, I'm just saying that if you don't like stuff like this, don't watch it and then write a complaint about it. If you do like heartwarming Christian themes, this movie has them--it just has a far too predictable storyline to make it a really good movie. It's more of Christian fairy tale than anything else--but then a whole lot of us grew up loving fairy tales, didn't we? Watch it with the kiddies, the ultimate message is good whether you believe in the delivery or not.
---BELIEVER IN Christ
It is so on so many fronts.
First, the acting is the worst I have ever seen. The whole cast was worse than the worst amateur troupe you could imagine. Sorry for the frequent use of the same word, but I am sure IMDb has a swearing/expletive policy, and I do not wish to fall foul of it.
Second, from the story line I was expecting a proper film and not a thinly-veiled Christian evangelical propaganda film. It is so bad, I would advise watching it with a few beers on board.
Calling this a 'family film' and making children watch it would expose one to charges of child cruelty.
You only get one life, do not waste a second of it on this. I did so you don't have to.
On top of which the writers of this movie basically give you the entire plot in 15mins, thus ruining the entire film.
Where's the suspense? Wheres the build up? Where's the mystery? Kid walks up, they almost hit him, they take him to the doctor, he spills everything. Haven't these writers ever heard "god works in mysterious ways?" Apparently not.
I loved that more then one religion is being interpreted and displayed. And perhaps things are all too obvious and most certainly predictable, but i think it's all about hope in any way, or better the loss of it and how to regain it.
Despite the bad acting there were several moments, that the shivers went down my spine. I'll remember it for sure. And if you are into religion(s), just watch it.
Fantastic acting by the amazing Gavin Casalegno. He brought the Gabriel character to life and seeing him on screen starring as Gabriel it really uplifted me from then on. Great job Gavin.
The story-line itself was very well created and it enlightened and shared a great message. This movie is a #1 recommendation on my end and you will be inspired by it and the message that Gavin's character shares will not only touch your soul, but will change your life but overall the movie will change your life and you will watch this again. This was a great film and you will love it.
Give it watch and you'll be moved.
Boy was I wrong. The movie was just as bad as the other reviewers said. The acting and story were painfully bad. The kid couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. Gavin Casalegno as Gabriel was just out of his league. He might be fine for bit parts and he might develop into something but now, he was obviously barely remembering his lines. Likewise, the husband (Carey Scott) was particular over his head.
The script also was too predictable and painful.
I hate doing anything that discourages Christian independent film makers. We need more of them. But a good Christian movie needs to also be a good movie.
The blonde bloke from "dukes of Hazard" is in it and Dean Cain from Superman is in it. I had much more fun remembering that they were BOTH in Superman!!! Awesome! Anyway, Dukes of Hazard geezer arrives on Set and then Dean cain arrives on set. They look at each other and Dean Cain says "I see your career has gone down the toilet as well". Foul waste of Money and celluloid.
The overall message is that everyone is free to choose, or not to choose His way. That's the Grace He freely gave. I absolutely would recommend this movie to everyone. John Schneider and Dean Cain are extremely powerful in I am...Gabriel. And the actor who portrays The Messenger, Gabriel, deserves more roles like this.
I'm all for Christian movies, but there is no doubt as many have said that this is a B movie. There are some minor doctrinal problems (such as - very minor spoiler - no angel is ever shown in Scripture to have two wings. They have six, four or none). Scripture tells us that there are far more people who will reject the message of God's love through Jesus than accept it, so a whole town that turns to him is at best - not normal.
The story is well-intentioned, the acting is almost adequate though it often appears as if 'lines are being read'. There is no significant tension, no surprise twists, or unexpected responses from people the way real life would present. There is praise always given to God, and that is right and good. With a lot of work this could have been good. I like the aspect of the boy being God's messenger, so there are a number of things that are good about it, but the presentation fails I'm afraid.
And what's the deal with the kid NEVER smiling. Surely the Christian life is full of joy at what the Father has done for us, and most Christians I meet smile a lot. He should be giving us an example of the peace and joy of Christian life.
That's mho anyway.
The Gentle Knight
Most of the time I ignore ratings and reviews (especially for Christian movies because of the bias against genuine Christian entertainment) until I have a chance to judge something for myself. But in this case, I wish I had paid attention to the reviews instead of waste an hour and a half of my time.
In additional to my original comments that I wrote earlier about this film; "I am Gabriel", it is worth watching.
Some of the best Christian movies are made by a film production company named "Pure Flix". Check out a great action drama titled "Courageous" that was out in theaters about three years ago.
However the only thing more I would have like to have seen is a more MultiRacial cast with one or two African Americans, Hispanic Americans and perhaps an Asian American too. After all, there are people in All races that are Christians and believe in God and Jesus Christ / Yeshua too and all races and nationalities should be depicted in every film in this decade.
I would much rather see this type of film than a movie with a lot unnecessary profanity/cursing and abuse on women in every scene.
For those who did Not like the movie and have nothing but negative things to say, I offer the negative critic two comments.
1. It was a Free movie. You did not have to pay to see it. 2. A quote from Pastor Joel Osteen. "Everyone has a right to tell you their negative opinion and you have every right not to listen to it." by Pastor Joel Osteen
The movie has a message and succeeded in delivering it. Definitely a feelgood family movie. Just don't be expecting a Hollywood blockbuster.
Also the part, where the sheriff of the town discovered he was an angel, the way he fell down on his knees showed submission but there was no part, where he was actually led to Christ. This is really important in a gospel movie.
But above all, a wonderful gospel movie... The Director did very well I must say.