These end of the world flicks are always a hit with me for some reason, especially ones that are more along the lines of horror. I don't know why but I always enjoy them and tend to forgive mishaps more for these. This one while not a perfect movie I s very fun one, especially the first half of the film. Also I am a Tyrese fan so that also helped the film out a lot in my mind, ever since his turn in "Baby Boy" I have been a fan. Also any film that has an old lady go crazy and crawl on walls during the trailer is a must see to be honest.
Out in the desert there is a small diner/gas station/auto repair shop where no one would even think is there let alone be a safe haven. But that is what this out of the way place becomes when demons [or so they think] start to appear and are out for blood. In this place are the owner, his son, his cook and waitress and a few motorists that are just passing by [or waiting for their car to be fixed. When old ladies and such start to go crazy and attack people the group starts to panic, especially when all radios and the TV are broadcasting either nothing or warning signals.
Then in comes a stranger with a lot of guns and a plan, keep the pregnant waitress alive, nothing more nothing less. Why you might ask, well because that baby being born is the future of humanity. How do we know that, well because our mystery man is Michael the Archangel who still believes in the human race. He is disobeying God as a legion [hence the name] of angels are sent to kill off the humans and the baby. So this is not only a end of the world flick it is also a horror flick meshed with a survival flick. It is in the scenes were they must survive at this diner that prove to be the best.
Writer director Scott Charles Stewart and writing partner Peter Schink did a good job over all in my opinion with the script especially with the first half to third of this film. Same can be said about the direction the look, feel, and pace of the film is great for the first half to third of the film but starts to loose steam as it goes. While at the diner the film is the strongest when you feel like this is a horror film. After that when it starts to feel more like an end of the world flick it slows down, but still good. Also the effects on this film are real good and I love they way the creatures/angels look.
As far as the acting every one is strong here especially Paul Bettany who plays Michael, I love his look and acting in this film. Of course you know I like Tyrese and he does one of the best and most realistic jobs on this film, I love his characters back story. Lucas Black, Adrianne Palicki, Willa Holland, Kate Walsh, Charles S. Dutton, Jon Tenney, and Dennis Quaid all do great jobs here as do every one else. Another stand out is Kevin Durand as the angel Gabriel who is leading the charge to kill this girl and her baby.
Now before it seems like I am making this out to be the greatest film ever, that is not the case. The film does have plot holes and even at times seems like it does not fit with the biblical themes it is banking on. I would start to list some of these things but that has already been done in many other reviews, a great one being Woopak's review of the film. Speaking of that great review in it he mentions the first Tales from the Crypt film "Demon Knight" [one of my favorite films of all time]. I started to think of that and realized that D.K. is a classic biblical influenced film about people trapped in a building, so watch "Legion" first if you have yet to see "Demon Knight".
Still this is a fun movie and there is a good time to be had with it especially if you like these type of films. Me personally I bought it and I am happy with the purchase, it has some good behind the scenes stuff and special features. So would I recommend this movie to you, yes I would. In fact you may love the film were as I just liked it, different tastes yields different results.
LEGION was never going to be a great movie. But it should at least have been FUN. Sadly, it is a poorly written, poorly acted bore. The concept, while ridiculous, could have led to a crazy, over-the-top action fantasy. Apparently, the angels of heaven have been directed to begin the apocalypse, because God and the angels are just so fed up with how awful mankind has become. (I have to point out that this is kinda what happened prior to Noah and his flood, and after that, … more
Gosh, I just reviewed “The Book Of Eli” last week and here I am about to review a film that portrays a Biblical theme. Movies such as “The Prophecy” have portrayed a very chaotic vision of Heaven and Earth; such a premise is usually very interesting and intriguing, I find movies that attempt to bring the wrath of God into exposition quite enticing. Take note that director Scott Stewart’s apocalyptic action-horror thriller “LEGION” is a not an … more
Pros: Fully armored angels always look cool, good or bad. Cons: Pretty much everything. The Bottom Line: Simply put? I'm not impressed. I don't know when I last gave a movie 1 star, but here you go. Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. "Hey, Nicole, that Legion movie looks kind of cool. Should I see it?" Oh, you mean that apocalyptic-looking movie where the angel … more
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LEGION attracts the viewer because of the cover of the DVD: would Paul Bettany, looking very buff as a cross between evil dark gear under the glow of divine light, betray his fans by making a bad picture? Well, yes. And so is the case for Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Tyrese Gibson, etc. perhaps there just aren't many scripts form which to choose that draws actors of this quality into a unintentionally comical dud. But here we are with over two hours of nonsense that may have at its core a good … more
One line saved this movie from being a complete bore for me: Dennis Quaid: "Besides, I don't even believe in God." Archangel Micahel: "That's fine. He doesn't believe in you either." Aside from being just a great one-two punch back at modern society's pubescent protests against God, that line pretty much sums up the whole point and plot of the movie: God has threw up his arms and said screw it. Let's get rid of these lil' bastards. The last time he did … more
It's entertaining I suppose. It just could have been done better. I remember thinking it was sorta like combining Maximum Overdrive with Dawn of the Dead with the Seventh Sign. Sorta, but not really. Just had that feeling. Anyway, it's not a total waste of time but not a great waste of time either. A "nothing to do or watch so why not?" type.
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Scott Stewart's supernatural thriller LEGION, scripted by Peter Schink, concerns a group of strangers in an out-of-the-way eatery who become the first line of defense when God, believing the human race is no longer worthy of Him, decides to end their existence. This motley crew's only spiritual ally is the archangel Michael, played by Paul Bettany. Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Charles S. Dutton, and Lucas Black co-star in the Screen Gems production.