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LEGION

A 2010 apocalyptic-thriller film directed by Scott Stewart

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Cranky Old Quasi-Critic Needs a Hug.

  • Jan 25, 2010
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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 this he was only 99% committed to his decision, saving Noah and his family to start again. But now many moons later, man is back to his old antic. Or, to use the exact word employed in the movie, man is back to his old "bullsh*t." And the Good Lord is tired of it. So he's sending angels to just wipe the slate clean. And the only person who is going to stop these angels is the strongest of all angels... Michael.

I love the premise. Love it. Good vs. Good. I'm not exactly sure who I want to root for...

Personally, I'm tired of the bullsh*t too and my first instinct was to secretly root for God. Self-preservation though kicks in and now I find myself rooting for Michael. But then I find out from Michael that he's not really the hope for mankind, but instead some unborn baby sitting in the stomach of a whiny broad who is already getting this savior-child off on the wrong foot by smoking while she's pregnant. Now I'm rooting for God again. Then I find out Dennis Quaid is in the movie with a hick accent, and I realize this is my big chance to forgive and forget his role in G.I. Joe...so I'm back to rooting for Michael. But a few minutes later into the film and I discover that Quaid's son is a brooding fool-in-love who has the hots for the afore mention not-so-virgin-Mary carrying the prodigal son. Now I'm rooting for God again. On top of it all, Tyreese Gibson shows up who I will NEVER forgive or forget his involvement in Michael Bay's Transformers. That does it! I throw my hat on the ground and start praying that God wipes all these idiots off the face of the earth – or, at least, off the screen so that I can go home early.

In fact, I think I just figured out what bothered me most about this flick. I think the angel Michael was really the only character I actually liked here. Dennis Quaid doesn't count since I owed him an apology for insulting him and his role in G.I. Joe. Charles Dutton could have been a great character, but somehow, despite the presence of Tyreese Gibson (grrrrr...) he comes off as a token-black character just waiting to be knocked-off early in the film. The rest of the characters seemed to be pulled right out of an apocalyptic clip-art catalogue of stock characters. Especially our not-so-virgin-Mary. And given the cloth that our unborn savior is doomed to be cut from, something tells me that when the little punk is born I'm not going to like him either. Like I said, I'm rooting for God. Am I crank? Damn right. Do I need a hug? Sure, why not. Should I have waited for DVD? Definitely.

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March 31, 2010
This is one that only gets watched when it shows up on Comcast for free! Way too many CGI angels flappin' around for my tastes. I think I'll go rewatching PROPHECY with Christopher Walken and see a good movie about a pissed off arch-angel.
April 01, 2010
I was trying like hell (no pun intended) to remember the name of "that Christopher Walken movie". All night my friend and I kept diggin' into each other's heads trying to remember and then we forgot about it before we had time to Google it. But there it is... "Prophecy" LOL. That was a good one. I love how he kept referring to humans as "the monkey's"
April 02, 2010
There were the 2 sequels of course, which were of varying quality. I bought them because I like Russell Wong who was in the second and Vincent Spano who was in the third. After that I lost interest in the series even thought they added Jason Scott Lee to the mix.
 
March 02, 2010
You are totally confused, Jordan! Oh well, I understand perfectly. Me too! Better root for God, Lexus, remember? Lexus!!! Hilarious review, you always have a way to make me laugh, LOL!!! Hugs to you, my friend!
March 02, 2010
Hey, glad you enjoyed it. I must admit that I had fun writing this one, and your comments inspired me to give it another read. Boy, between this movie, "The Road" and "2012" one would think that the apocalypse happened in 2009. BTW..thanks for being one of the few who actually follows my reviews. LOL.
March 02, 2010
Keep them coming! Great stuff! :D
 
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review by . January 27, 2010
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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.
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Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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