Monday, July 19, 2010

Legion (2010) - MOVIE REVIEW

Director: Scott Stewart
Starring: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson

Legion is an apocalyptic horror about God's plans to annihilate the human race. The first time, God sent a flood, this time he sent a legion of angels to perform the extermination. Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code) plays Archangel Michael who rebels against God's orders and goes to Earth to help protect the humans.

Sounds interesting right? Yep, this movie had a lot of potential but fell way short of what it could have been. The entire movie is set in a shitty little out-of-the-way diner in the middle of the desert where the unborn baby of a skanky waitress is the target of possessed humans trying to kill it. You see, this baby holds the key to humanity's future. That makes sense right?

Archangel Michael arrives just in time to help the patrons of the diner systematically wipe out thousands of these humans turned creatures which sets up the final battle where Michael must answer to Archangel Gabriel for disobeying God's orders. Unfortunately, that's pretty much all there is to this movie. There was more unanswered questions than an episode of Lost. Why is this baby so special? Why is it the key to saving humanity? Why is God so pissed off with the human race? What's the go with Dennis Quaid and Tyrese Gibson's characters? There were some interesting people in the diner that fateful day but none of the characters were developed. A waste of hired talent.

The battles they went through were pretty unimaginative as well. They pretty much just sat on top of the diner shooting up the creatures before they got a chance to rip some throats open.

Very ordinary movie. The only reason it didn't get less than two stars is because I'm a fan of Bettany and Quaid... Not that Quaid was given much of a role.

The trailer looks awesome. Don't let it fool you though, basically all the good bits are in it, including the scene with the old lady which is my favourite.

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