June 19th, 2015



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A troubled young man searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.1/10 (77 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Lou Howe

Stars: Rory Culkin, David Call, Deirdre O'Connell

A troubled young man searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit.

Writers: Lou Howe, Lou Howe

Rory Culkin - Gabriel
Emily Meade - Alice
Lynn Cohen - Nonny
David Call - Matthew
Deirdre O'Connell - Meredith
Alexia Rasmussen - Kelly
Louisa Krause - Sarah
Frank De Julio - Paul
Desmin Borges - Rudy
Sean Cullen - Jonathan Norton
Julia Murney - Woman on Phone (as Julia K. Murney)
Chelsea Linder - Diner Customer
Jee Young Han - Girl With Braces
Chase Anderson - Son at diner
Samantha Sherman - Allison

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 19 June 2015

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

Just over twenty years ago, Macaulay Culkin attempted to break away from any semblance of his child actor days with the thriller The Good Son directed by Joseph Ruben. In that film it is revealed that "Henry," played by Culkin, killed his little brother Richard. For just a second in the film, we get a glimpse of Richard, pictured in a frame by Macaulay's then little brother Rory, the youngest of the seven Culkin children. Who knew that parents Kit and Patricia had saved the best and most talented for last? In writer/director Lou Howe's darkly constructed thriller Gabriel, the young Rory Culkin not only manages to build a multi-layered and fascinating character, but allows himself to be among one of the most promising and gifted lead actors seen this year.

Magnetically charged and full of suspense for nearly every moment, Gabriel is about a troubled young man (named Gabriel), who is convinced that reuniting with his first love will bring the stability and love he so deeply craves. When his attempts find missteps at nearly every turn, beginning with objections from his family, Gabriel begins to unravel.

Director Lou Howe makes his feature film debut with this twisted and terrifying look into the mind of an unstable young man. Howe lets the moments linger for what feels like a cinematic eternity, that brings the tension to the breaking point. You'll live at the edge of your seat. Assisted with the dedicated and surprising performance by Rory Culkin, the two embark down a path that will leave you breathless. The 60′s had Anthony Perkins in Psycho, the 70′s had Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver, and now in 2010′s, we have Rory Culkin. A darkly charged performance that is both fascinating and secure, his "Gabriel" has potential to be looked back upon for years to come.

He isn't the only player that makes his mark. Playing Meredith, Deidre O'Connell, probably best known for playing Tom Wilkinson's cheated-on wife in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, takes the suffering and supportive mother role to new heights. O'Connell envelops the essence of loving with fear. Desperately wanting to keep her son with her on the outside but aware of what a free Gabriel could elicit on the world is just the tip of her internal struggle. O'Connell joins the ranks of great character actresses such as Jacki Weaver and Ann Dowd working today. An actress who should be given more opportunities to flourish in Hollywood. It's the best supporting turn this year yet.

Playing Matthew, Gabriel's brother, David Call rises to the occasion in nearly every scene he's in. Showing restraint but frustration as he tackles on the daunting task of caring for his erratic sibling. Relegated to one scene each, Emily Meade, Alexia Rasmusen, and Louisa Krause are not forgotten as bright sparkles in this foggy story that's full of mystery and uncertainty. Lynn Cohen also has a very tender and powerful scene that gives the audience some great insight into Gabriel's mind. I found her just as compelling.

Gabriel is a mesmerizing motion picture. Definitely not for everyone, the film should be able to find a nitch with a key audience that will worship Rory Culkin. Gabriel's actions are quite unpredictable and could make some too uncomfortable. While I'm perfectly satisfied with the ending resolution, as the film continuously builds to this "one moment" from Gabriel, that some may feel differently. If anything, this sets up a long line for Howe's next feature film, whatever that may be. In the end, Gabriel is one of the most frightening and haunting character studies since Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo. It shows the unpredictable and fragile nature of mental illness that we haven't seen before. Intriguing and hooked from moment one, Gabriel is a must-see film.


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November 15th, 2007



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GABRIEL tells the story of an archangel who fights to bring light back to purgatory - a place where darkness rules - and save the souls of the city's inhabitants.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.4/10 (6,265 voted)

Director: Shane Abbess

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Dwaine Stevenson, Samantha Noble

GABRIEL tells the story of an archangel who fights to bring light back to purgatory - a place where darkness rules - and save the souls of the city's inhabitants.

Writers: Shane Abbess, Matt Hylton Todd

Andy Whitfield - Gabriel
Dwaine Stevenson - Sammael
Samantha Noble - Jade / Amitiel
Michael Piccirilli - Asmodeus
Jack Campbell - Raphael
Erika Heynatz - Lilith
Harry Pavlidis - Uriel
Kevin Copeland - Ahriman
Matt Hylton Todd - Ithuriel
Brendan Clearkin - Balan
Goran D. Kleut - Moloch
Valentino del Toro - Baliel
Amy Mathews - Maggie
Paul Winchester - Marcus
Richard Huggett - Max

Taglines: Between heaven and hell lies the fate of mankind


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 15 November 2007

Filming Locations: Heddon Greta, New South Wales, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: AUD 200,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Dwaine Stevenson spent months walking the streets of Sydney at night to prepare for the role. He was originally to play Gabriel in earlier versions of the script.

Gabriel: This is a place, where even angels fear to tread.

User Review

$150,000 Aussie dollars.

Rating: 7/10

I enjoyed this movie. If you have any interest in film making, I would rate it higher than 7 out of 10. It's worth while seeing what can be made for $150,000 Aussie dollars.

The movie may have some flaws, and I think the biggest one was budget. I would have loved to see this movie remade with a better budget. My biggest problem though was the quality of the film on the big screen. Considering it was filmed with a JVC HD101 camera, it's understandable that the film's not going to be as crisp as what people are used to. I hope someone gives the people who made this a chance at another film with a decent budget. At the very least give them a new camera to shoot with.

Acting was not one of the flaws in this film. I have seen many a bad movie with dodgy acting and this was no where near as bad as I was led to believe from people's comments.

Plot wise, it's an interesting tale. Understanding the concept of Purgatory goes along to help people get a grasp of what's going on. I can't believe how people claim this movie has no plot. I found this movie to be more a thinker with some action rather than a straight action film. Their is action in this film, but it is depicted a lot more realistically than most people probably would have liked.

At the end of the day, this is not the horrible movie that the first reviewer is making it out to be. It has plot, solid acting and the sound was fine. The quality of the picture though is probably the hardest thing to forgive. I think it's sad that a lot of people will read the first person's review and not see this film based on someones ability to write 10 lines of text. 10 lines being the magic minimum before they allow people to submit a review.

If you really think this film was awful go and watch "Ultraviolet" and you will truly understand what kind of films deserve to be given 1/10.


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