Plotholes Galore Leave "Legion" With Clipped Wings
Jan 29, 2010
Upset with mankind's direction and having promised to never flood the Earth again, God sends down his legion of angels to wipe the slate clean and start all over in "Legion." Standing in His way is Michael the Archangel (Paul Bettany), who still has faith in humanity.
So how does Michael plan on preventing the destruction of mankind? He believes that the birth of a child in a sleepy little diner in Paradise Falls, NM is the key. If the child is born, there will be hope for humanity. Why? That's just one of the many plotholes that are never resolved in this film.
A small group has gathered at the diner, whether by chance or destiny, that will eventually be charged with assisting Michael in the protection of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki), the future mother of the mysterious child of hope. The group includes Bob Hanson (Dennis Quaid), a widowed nonbeliever, and his son Jeep (Lucas Black), who feels the need to watch over Charlie even though the baby isn't his and Charlie has no interest in being his girlfriend. Also in the group is Percy Walker (Charles S. Dutton), the diner's one-armed cook, Kyle Williams (Tyrese Gibson), a mysterious father en route to meet his son, and the Anderson family (Kate Walsh, Willa Holland, Jon Tenney), who has broken down and are waiting for their vehicle to be fixed.
All of these characters appear to have met at the diner for a purpose, and we are given hints of all of their respective lives, but not enough to really allow the viewer to really undestand where any of them are coming from.
Granted, this film works best as an action film and no in-depth explanation is usually needed for supporting characters in such a film, but the premise of "Legion" cries for more information to make it work.
Once the core cast (excepting Michael) is in place, an elderly woman enters the diner and tells Charlie that her future child will burn. She then attacks one of the Anderson family and takes on the rest of the group. Her dispatch in one of the funniest moments in the film.
Next, Michael arrives with a ton of weapons. He tells the group to prepare for the first major wave of attacks from God's forces. These forces take the form of possessed humans. Then Gabriel the Archangel (Kevin Durand) comes to finish off God's business.
Can Michael change God's mind? You'll have to sift through the ninety plus minutes of "Legion" to find out.
As stated already, the film's premise begs for more explanation. What's so special about this baby? If God is really upset with humanity, why does He allow Michael to stand in His way? These and other questions leave with the viewer when the film is over.
As strictly an action/horror film, "Legion" works pretty good. The special effects are excellent, and I was particularly fond of the battle between Gabriel and Michael. There's also a decent amount of gore.
In the end, however, "Legion" comes across as a film attempting to be a thinking man's action yarn and fails. It's one of those films that you watch on stations like TBS when there isn't much else on television. It isn't terrible, but it isn't good enough to warrant owning once the DVD hits the shelves.
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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.