Most of the time the trailers shown before the actual film indicate the type of film the audience is about to see. Prior to the viewing of "Legion" the new apocalyptic film directed by Scott Stewart, a medley of blood-filled horror and fast-car action sequences erupted on the big screen offering the usual fare meant to tantalize 17 to 30 year-olds everywhere. However, "Legion" albeit filled with much killing and scores of hideous zombies, does have a bit of a plot line with the potential for introspective moments that would have played better as a three-night six-hour mini-series rather than a less than two-hour cinema presentation.
The mini-series venue would have given this story time to develop along the lines of William Inge's "Bus Stop" where a group of people congregate at a diner in the middle of nowhere, make connections and find things out about themselves. "Legion" follows a similar game plan, however, the encroaching doom that clones a Terminator series of events from almost the opening credits (the empty playground swings are shown in ominous desolation) accelerates the action and leaves little time for the cast of players marooned in a woe begotten truck stop to come to any great revelations regarding their lives' mistakes.
But what if the characters had the running time of Stephen King's "The Stand"? What if besides the special effects of the zombies and their attack on the humans, there was more time to concentrate on the angels and their motivation and the humans and their histories? The battle between good and evil would rage on with some interesting epiphanies and revelations notwithstanding with maybe some apocalyptic quotes from the Bible thrown in to satisfy the The Da Vinci Code (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) type fans.
Like the Terminator robot in the first two The Terminator films, Angel Michael is thrust to earth and catapults into action. Now Paul Bettany (The Young Victoria, A Beautiful Mind) isn't as funny as Schwartzenegger, but he plays the Archangel Michael with a serious determination that underlines his strength. Plus he's just plain nice to look at--especially when he is shown in all his glory, 12-foot wingspan and all.
Charlie, the diner's pregnant waitress, is the Sarah Connor of this tale--the woman whose child will somehow change history. As a cigarette-smoking mother-to-be whose before apocalypse plan is to put her child up for adoption, Charlie is the Madonna who doesn't want the job in a Bizzaro World twist on The Nativity Story which again is reminiscent of Terminator. Jeep is her Joseph--protector and Wise Man. Dennis Quaid plays Bob, Jeep's father, a Doubting Thomas of sorts who eventually shows that he too is made of finer stuff when push comes to shove. The rest of the cast serves similar purposes. Even the angel Gabriel heralds the advent with his horn and coerces the masses to 'come let us adore Him.'
Like the ensemble Bus Stop cast, the cast of players here in Legion could have been given their due, but alas their time is too short. Too much time is spent on the horrific death scenes--nasty old ladies climbing ceilings on all fours, a man erupting with boils that burn off skin and neck-biting seemingly angelic children--and not enough on the little stories behind the diner's inhabitants. What an interesting mini-series this could have made--but then again, who knows maybe Charlie and Jeep will resurface with the Child and once again the glorious Michael must swoop down and shed a few feathers.
Bottom Line? "Legion" follows the Terminator school of Apocalyptic film. The key elements are all there to create a scenario where a modern-day savior comes to the forefront after much blood and suffering. Unfortunately, the film's makers touch on some introspective ground which if tilled would have made a most interesting composite: humans and angels coming together with their stories and motivations to help protect the ideals of hope and faith. Recommended if you are in the mood for an offbeat Nativity story. Diana Faillace Von Behren "reneofc"
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
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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
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.