Excerpt: I know it’s wrong to judge a book (or a Blu-Ray, as the case may be) by its cover, but I just couldn’t help myself. In one hand there’s “Legion”, with an angel of sorts holding a gun in one hand and a knife in the other. Cool! Then, of course, I watched the movie and, well, let’s just say that the graphic designers who designed the cover art probably took a few liberties.
Excerpt: In a diner in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the locals are joined by a group of stranded passers-by, caught in the middle of the Apocalypse as they're surrounded by the demonic once-human army of a vengeful God trying to kill the baby of a young mother (Adrianne Palicki) who works there as a waitress. Aiding them against the insurmountable odds is a fallen angel named Michael (Paul Bettany) who has given up his wings for heavy machine guns.
Excerpt: Scott Stewart deserves credit for making Legion into a film that could be described as both a blasphemer's delight and a right wing Christian propaganda flick, but I suspect the audience it finds will be closer to the geek/stoner collective, who will take in its self-serious absurdity smiling with glee.
Excerpt: Why is it that almost every religiously-themed apocalyptic film needs to place the onus of mankind’s salvation on the shoulders of a child? It seems like this is one of the most overused of clichés in horror and, yet, people continually employ it for their hackneyed scripts. I can’t think of many times when it has worked with great success, but apparently the writers of “Legion” (2010) thought that it seemed like a great device to utilize.
Excerpt: When God loses faith in mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael.
Excerpt: The core of Legion is a baby, currently inside the womb of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki). That child is the savior of humanity, or at least that is what angel Michael (Paul Bettany) tells the audience. Being one of God’s big time angels, you sort of take what he says as truth, but you think he would have the common courtesy to explain this. Charlie is pretty average, living in a trailer and working at a small diner.
Conclusion: If you really want to give your home theater a vigorous workout, then rent 'Legion.' You can overlook the hackneyed script, ridiculous dialogue, and tired visual effects, and just focus on how good it looks and sounds. (Also, the extras aren't totally abysmal.) Anyone else, in the market for a movie that's not the cinematic equivalent of huffing paint fumes, should probably look elsewhere.
Excerpt: The Film In Legion , the end is sight, but it will take a painful hour and 40 minutes to get there. The basic plot is sort of a twist on similar "end of the world" themed movies - with a mix of The Seventh Sign and The Terminator . In this case the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) clips his own wings to save humanity after god has given up faith and sends a demonic/angelic (who can tell the difference) army to Earth to kill the potential savior of mankind.