It's been years, probably decades, that the Angel (voiced by Dennice
Cisneros) fell to earth, and since it has been worshipped in the little
desert community of Sunderland, where worshipping the Angel and following
its wishes has replaced the old faith ... and not surprisingly so, because
the Angel is a real and tangible thing, a tentacled beast with powers to
invade its worshippers' minds quite physically - which ultimately kills
the Angel's followers, but according to the Angel's new religion they just
pass on to a higher plane of existence. However, the Angel cannot possess
just anybody, so it's tested in a ritual who becomes blessed (possessed)
and who's a fallen and will be expelled from the community.
O'Brien) is a youth whose life lacks direction and who suffers under the
possessed state his mother (Sianna Marie Greene) is in - but when he's
accidently shot dead and the Angel revives him, he truly starts to believe
in the teachings of the Angel and wants to study to become blessed ... but
he also falls in love with Cassie (Katie Reed), the daughter of his
teacher (James Petke), who loves him back, but who starts to doubt the
Angel when she finds her (possessed) dying a horrible death.
ritual that might turn David into a blessed, David panics and some of his
fingers are cut off, and if he wasn't saved and nursed back to health by
Cassie, he might have died. But David soon learns that the Angel is to
condemn Cassie to death, but when he tries to interfere, he's expelled to
the wastelands. Cassie, seeing there's nothing that would hold her in
Sunderland anymore, comes after David, and the two and crazed wastelander
Krab (Matt Reed) make up a plan to leave the (fenced in) area for good, a
plan which would include killing the Angel - but without heavy weapons,
and easily outnumbered, that sounds like a suicide commando ...
is quite a remarkable low budget genre piece, as it (without becoming
brain-heavy or confusing) follows no formula at all but manages to, in a
mere 84 minutes, create a world all of its own, with its very own
(oftentimes rather absurd) rules and customs, and yet tell a
well-structured and quite tense if at times almost delirious story all the
same. This is achieved via a directorial effort concentrating on story
rather than spectacle, great derelict locations that work well to support
the story, several outbursts of violence that never seem gratuitous, and a
very decent cast.
Pretty good, actually.