A contempo gangster extravaganza sufficiently tragic to make the ancient Greeks weep, “An Angel” pours on the violence, sex and betrayal — with a side order of supernatural guidance — from a spout the size of Niagara Falls. An earnest poor relation to the tone and scope of “The Godfather: Part III,” this lavishly lensed, Marseilles-set pic is marketable wherever auds are willing to overlook the pretentiousness to get to the torture and bloodshed.
The day she’s released from prison, Lea (Elsa Zylberstein) is met by her handsome teenage brother, Sammy (Vincent Martinez), who is being staked out by plainclothes cop David (Richard Berry). David, who unwisely has his 9-month-old son in the car, mistakenly shoots Sammy dead and Lea, unaware that he killed her brother, is drawn toward the now-suspended cop, whose son has fallen into the hands of a powerful psychopath, Zak (Pascal Greggory). Zak wants a missing two kilos of heroin Sammy had. Pic devolves into literal overkill at a 90th birthday party Zak throws for a now-blind oracle who built a crime empire on connections with rotten police and politicians. Solemn operatic finish is a hair’s breadth from parody.