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.
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
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
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.