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 idea but escaped the borders of good taste and character/story development. Scott Stewart wrote (with Peter Schwink - neither with impressive credentials except for 'unlisted special effects' work in prior works) and directed this plodding CGI mess and even Paul Bettany can't save it.
Going on the prediction that 'when the last angel falls, the fight for mankind begins', Paul Bettany as Michael falls to the earth in Los Angeles, cuts off his black wings, kills a couple of sadistic cops, and steals their vehicle to drive to the desert (apparently in Arizona) where dwells a grumpy Dad (Dennis Quaid) and his son Jeep (Lucas Black) in a little trailer hut cum diner/truck stop. The reason for the destination is that here lives the very pregnant tacky unmarried young girl Charlie (Adrianne Palicki), cared for by Jeep, who is apparently carrying the infant that will save the world after Armageddon: Percy the cook (Charles S. Dutton) just looks on. Michael arrives, a lost man (Tyrese Gibson) with a past seeks information about his destination, a cranky couple with daughter (Willa Holland, Jon Tenney, Kate Walsh) complains about everything and the delay in their car repair by Jeep, and Jeep yearns (it's hard to tell his emotions since his acting ability is minimal) to care for the reluctant Charlie. Out of a flock of flies and other insects come a crazy possessed old lady (Jeanette Miller) who climbs the ceiling, an ice cream man (Doug Jones) who morphs into a silly CGI creation, and a whole flock of displaced persons who are driven by the need to kill the baby in Charlie's womb. The rest of the 'story' is pure CGI stuff which becomes almost intolerably boring.
With all of the fascination with the approaching prediction of the end of the world in 2012 it is understandable that everyone wants to jump on board a popular topic. Hopefully a sensitive version will come along, one that makes us think instead of cringe. Grady Harp, May 10
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
Over the years I have watched more horror films than I can keep track of. Within my circle of friends I have acquired a reputation for watching just about anything, no matter how good or bad the film may be. I would even admit to owning some films that have shocked quite a number of people. I thoroughly enjoy the sexploitation films the feature Pam Grier, I seek out b-rated horror films and sometimes find a charm like The Trilogy of Terror, and I even brave those films that have … more
LEGION 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 … 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.
God has lost faith in humanity, something that hasn't happened since the days of Noah. But instead of a flood, He has sent down a legion of angels, who possess the bodies of weak-minded people, turning them into ... certainly not demons, but then again, there's nothing angelic about these people, so maybe there's no other way to describe them. Anyway, it seems the only one who has kept the faith is the archangel Michael (Paul Bettany), who directly disobeys God by protecting what he was sent to … more
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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.