January 30, 2010
Review - " Legion " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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family with issues, black father with handgun, etc. - at a diner in the Mojave Desert, where they are caught in the crossfire of
a celestial battle.
Their task is to mow down waves of angelically possessed humans (easy to kill even by zombie standards) and hold off the
mace-wielding archangel Gabriel while waiting for the diner’s waitress to give birth to the child who will save us all. "Legion" is
a mix of End of Days and The Prophecy and its nonstop action from start to finish.
The story in Legion is quite basic the action is intense and "Legion" delivers what most action junkies want. Lots and lots of
action with no long winded speeches or over the top cliché moments you see coming 4 miles away. That all said if you go
into Legion expecting a horror movie you may walk away disappointed. There are plenty of demons, lots of carnage and as
noted at least four times now LOTS of action but "Legion" is anything but scary.
The flick is a bit too biblical for my tastes - there's a plague of flies, a plague of boils, and probably a couple other plagues I
missed (not really being up on my bible these days). There is a savior baby that will somehow "lead humanity our of the
darkness", he is the only thing that stands between human survival and extinction. I wonder if mom will name him John
Connor or Jesus (although she didn't appear
to be hispanic). But if you accept the premise
of God sending a legion of angels to wipe out
mankind I guess you have to expect some old
testament wrath of God shit. And "Legion"
give you plenty of it.
"Legion" is a nice mix of funny one liners,
creepy demons, explosive action and a whole
lot of religious wrath making if a fun experience
well worth watching for those who love a good
flick about God kicking mankind’s ass!
You will have to walk out at the end. Given the
films "R" rating there was certainly opportunity
to play to our salacious appetites. Perhaps a
scene of the not so immaculate conception?
Directed by: Scott Stewart
Starring: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Tenney,
Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black, Kate Walsh, Doug
Jones, Adrianne Palicki, Kevin Durand, and Willa Holland.
There is no shortage of the "end of the world" movies in theaters this
season. I finally Dragged my butt off the couch to hit the theatre and
check out the latest religious apocalypse flick to hit the cineplex -
"Legion". I went into Book of Eli not expecting anything religious but
left feeling ‘anointed’ in holy doctrine. Legion at least when I went in I
knew I was going to be having a religious experience as Angels set
forth to kick mankind’s ass.
Unlike in Book of Eli though "Legion" does not try to preach to you, it
doesn’t try to sell you on the power of religion, it simply unloads with a
big can of whoop ass as the entire world is wiped out. The first time
God lost faith in humanity he sent a flood and in "Legion" God takes it
one step further sending Angels to not just kill off humanity but to
Scripted by Stewart and Peter Schink, the thriller casts Bettany as the
archangel Michael, the only one standing between mankind and an
apocalypse, after God loses faith in humanity. Man's lone hope rests
with a group of strangers who must deliver a baby they realize is
Christ in his second coming.
In “Legion” the world ends not with a bang but with a short stack. The
film convenes a collection of strangers - upper-middle-class white