Here is a film with a strong environmental message that manages to be smart and entertaining without being overbearing. A philanthropic doctor is enlisted to study a remote forest in Maine to be the deciding factor in whether the land will be left to the Natives or turned over to the logging community. What he discovers is that mutagens in the water are corrupting all of the living organisms and people of the land, and have unleashed a monstrous beast that is exacting Mother Nature's revenge! What would normally be an issue that is far removed from most people's lives is brought home when the doctor's wife and unborn fetus are potentially afflicted by the deadly Mercury poisoning after eating the local fish. With competent acting from each of the leads (including Robert Foxworth and Armand Assante), the film builds on a serious and alarming foundation, which is then taken to a silly extreme with the giant mutant bear that gores its way through the forest's transgressors. With moderate gore and FX work, this definitely makes for a fun little monster flick, but what detracts from it more than anything is the slow pace and lengthy cat and mouse chases in the third act. PROPHECY comes in at a solid C, worth at least a single view!
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