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A friend introduced me to this film i did not think i would like it all.This film is brilliant. It contains great action, a brilliantly captivating storyline and horror too! Not the sort of horror that makes you hide behind the sofa but enough to make you jump out your seat once or twice. One of the best films I've ever seen and I've seen quite a few.I will not spoil the story for you but in a nut shell, god want's to punish humans so sends angles to do this. One angel (Gabriel) aims to help the humans survive and to protect a pregnant woman who's baby is the saviour. He does this with the use of 21st century weapons. This film is like a action packed Bible story It has a lot of familiar faces in this Paul Betanny from Wimbledon ,Tyrese Gibson( The fast and the furious 2) , Lucas black ( Also from the fast and the furious Tokyo Drift)
Dennis Quaid( G I Joe ) it is a good cast line up.The special effects are very well done and realistic , The sound in the film builds the tension and atmosphere . The front cover is really nicely done , it stands out and gives you a hint at what the movies going to entail.
Price wise you can get it for peanuts really Angels guns and action Brilliant
would recommend this to anyone really
Archangel Michael has fallen and arrived in Los Angeles, he makes his way to an out of the way truck stop where he finds a pregnant waitress by the name of Charlie. He arrives to find the people of the diner in shock. They have just been visited by a demented old lady who has said bad things are coming and the baby will die.
Michael tells the people at the diner that God has lost faith in mankind and they will all die. He has fallen because he refused to kill the baby which Charlie is carrying. He believes that this baby will need to be born to show God that mankind is still a caring race and they deserve to live.
Michael has to train the people at the diner to shoot and defend themselves as evil is on its way. Can Michael keep Charlie and the baby alive and if not what will become of mankind?
I was not overly keen on watching this film as for some reason I thought it was going to be a scary one, fortunately hubby tales me into watching and I am pleased that I did as I really did enjoy the film. I have only given a very brief plot outline for the film so don't think it is as basic as I have said, there is a lot more to the story which will be discovered if you decided to give it a watch. I felt the storyline was very good and I loved how it was put across, I was slightly dubious when I found out it was about angels as I thought it would be a bit far fetched but I am pleased to say it was not. I found the whole use of God and the apocalypse was interested and I was actually told in an easy to follow and understand way.
The acting was very good, the lead role of Michael was played by Paul Bettany. He was very strong and played the role well. I felt I understood a lot about him even from the few facts we got to know about him. He showed great strength and courage which he managed to portray and get into the other characters. He was not what I was expecting an angel to look like, he had tattoos and seemed very at ease with the guns and fighting. I loved the different sides he showed and felt he was the perfect choice for the role. He worked well with the other characters and he seemed genuine when delivering his lines and showing his emotions. The role of Charlie was good and she was not a vulnerable girl as I thought she would be, I felt emotional towards her as she was fighting for a child she was not even willing to keep as she was having him adopted and I thought she got the powerfulness of this and her feelings across very well. She showed strength and courage and I did warm to her. We did have some other very good and strong actors in the film. Denis Quade played a very good role and he did bring a little humour to the start of the film with the way he treated his television and I also loved the role of his son, played by Lucas Black.
The film was set at an out of town diner and truck stop. I felt the setting was good as it meant we did not have a lot of different locations to worry about and wonder where we actually were all of the time. The way it came across was very remote and basic and I did enjoy this aspect. There was a lack of technology and high powered items which meant that the lifestyle was very slow paced. I felt this came across well and I loved seeing how they all had to change and toughen up when evil came. The desert surrounding the diner was lovely and we did get one or two nice scenery shots, that was at the start of the film before the action started. The costumes were all good and fitting for the film and so to were the props. We did have a lot of weapons in the film and they all looked good and real. I loved how they were taken on by the regular people and how they came to be at ease using them.
The film is packed full of special effects and I found them to all be of a very high standard. The gun fights all looked excellent and very real and some of the things the possessed people did looked gruesome and stomach turning. I thought a lot of time and effort had gone into producing these effects and it really did pay off as they all fitted effortlessly into the film. The music was also very good and we had quite a mixed soundtrack which I enjoyed. I did find the classical music worked slightly better as it helped with the drama and tension of the film.
The running time of the film is 1 hour and 36 minutes long and I felt this was a great length with the story moving at a good steady pace form start to finish. The rate is a 15 and I strongly agree with this. There is a lot of bloody and strong violence and bad language throughout. I would not recommend this film to younger viewers. The DVD can be bought for £5 in a variety of shops and I do think it is well worth this price tag.
I am more than happy to give this film a good solid 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the acting was also of a very high standard. I would have to say so of the scenes were overly gruesome but I think this helped me to understand the immensity of what was happening in the story. This film gets a high recommendations from both me and hubby.
The benchmark for a bad film....I make dinner whilst im watching it ! Which is exactly what I did whilst I was watching this. In a way the film is pretty cool but id say only the first hour really held my attention.
Synopsis: Paul Bettany plays Michael (the arch angel Michael- like in the film, michael with John Travolta...except this has more guns), who once held the hifghest position amonst angels. When God loses faith in man he decides that its all over and so he sends he apocolypse. The apocolypse in this case being a huge army of angels that have come to destroy the human race. Except mankind has a way it can redeem itself to god. If we show real love and if a baby is born on the day of the apocolypse, the baby will be our savior. Michael disagrees with gods plan in this instance and so sheds his immortallity and races o help the mother of the yet unborn child. The mother, charlie, works as a waitress in a roadside diner and this is where mankind makes it last stand against the arch angel Gabriel and his army of angels.
Paul Bettany does a good job as arch angel gabriel with a rather unusually tough silent role for him. I wouldnt have thought he couldve pulled it off. Kevin durand is big and burly as usual but he does well...the only problem is that his english (apparently all angels are english cool ey) is bloody terrible and his voice is just too deep. Plus he looks a bit too tanned ! Lucus black and tyrese gibson are fairly good too being both ex fast and furious bods, gibson is pretty tough and black does a good stint as the doormat who holds the key to salvation. And Dennis quaid does his usual man sucking on a sherbert lolly impression. Surprisingly Charles S dutton pops up and I havent seen him since alien 3 !
Rather far fetched obviously, you get what you pay for, seems strange to hold the last salvation of man.
The effects of the flies, the angels in people and the physical anomolies are pretty good. The horrific ways in which some people are dispatched is pretty nasty.
Not great, I thin Scot stewart left it too longs in betwen some scenes and after the first hour and up to the final battle I really did tune out...too much dialoge that was trying to justify a silly plot, when really he need not have bothered.
Come. ye children, listen to me. I will teach you the fear of the Lord, Psalms 34:11.
Paul Bettany, Angel Michael
Kevin Durand, Angel Gabriel
Dennis Quiad, Bob Hanson
Charles S. Dutton, Percy Walker
Adrianne Palicki, Charlie
Lucas Black, Jeep Hanson (Bob's son)
Tyrese Gibson, Kyle
This movie plot starts off with Michael being rebellious against God's wishes to go after Charlie whose baby is chosen to be the next Messiah. Michael cutting off his wings and robbing a gun and ammunition store makes his way to a truck stop in the middle of the dessert to Paradise Falls where Bob Hanson and his son Jeep run this business. Percy Walker is a bible fearing cook who is Bob's right hand man. The first sign of trouble is this sweet little old lady comes in and orders a raw steak. As she mocks Charlie and another lady customer, the husband tries to make this lovable old lady to apologize and she devours half his neck in one bite. The whole dinner freaks out when she climbs the walls and the ceiling and is finally gunned down by Kyle.
As Michael enters their lives they do not know the reasons why he is there to protect them until total mayhem starts with zombie style creatures start attacking the dinner. The first is a ice cream truck man that when he begins changing bodily formations they see devislish behavior patterns exsist and rattle off 20 rounds in his chest.
"When I was a little girl, my mother spoke of the prophecy when all the world would be covered in darkness and the fate of men would be decided. One night I got the courage to asked her why God got so mad at the children? I don't know she said, I guess he's just tired of the bullsh*t."
Scene after scene they question how God can be doing this as Michael explains it to them that God wants the human presence on Earth to be terminated. Why we as humans can not or will not get along between races, riches and everything else that we live by. As the following scene becomes into light, the devil like zombies hold sacrifice of the husband you tried to defend his wife crucifying him on a upside down cross, as his wife hears and sees him she does everything in her powers to get to him. She runs outside to be with him as Percy grabs her and brings her back in the husband explodes and the hot acid from his body melts the back of Percy and he dies right there.
After they see that Angel Michael is putting up a terrific opposition to God's wrath, Gabriel is sent down to finish what Michael could not do. Gabriel's first victim is Bob Hanson who puts up a good fight but with the protection of his wings wards off any bullets Bob shoots at him and Gabriel disposes of him with his razor sharp wing in the belly. One after another Gabriel is held back from getting this Messiah son now born premature because of Charlie being hit a few time by Gabriel. Michael will not let Gabriel have this child and they go all out after one another and finally it looks like Michael will defeat Gabriel and he has the upper hand Gabriel reaches down and activates the spear that goes through Gabriel's shoulder and body then pierces Michael's heart. The ending of the movie is quite mellow dramatic...Not !!! It's almost perdictable as the Sun coming up every morning.
Overall I did like this movie for certain degrees. Paul Bettany you know as the crooked monk in the Da Vinci Code. Movies like this with some aspirations of knowing there is hope out there. Movies like the Boondock Saints or Constantine where there is hope and faith there is a way. Yes this movie has a couple lazy scenes in it and and almost perdictable in a few scenes. For Director Scott Stewart I feel he didn't use his full potential as to the radifications of why God would do such a thing or making his presence there with the angels. I did like the music score by Jonn Frizzel because it had more dramatics than the movie did. I give this movie a three on the teedler line between good and bad just because of my faith. If faith is lost there is no enlightenment of Hope and that is what this world is missing now is those two words, faith and hope.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
"Legion" (film only review)
Certificate: 15 (UK & Ireland) / R (USA)
Running Time: 100 minutes
When you are going to watch a film where angels come down to Earth to do battle over the future existence of humanity with assault rifles, the chances are you are not about to witness deep characterisation, complex human drama or Oscar-worthy acting. Having now sat through Legion, I can confirm that this is indeed the case - unfortunately, someone forgot to tell first-time director Scott Stewart this, as he seems to be under the impression that he has created the thinking viewer's version of Armageddon rather than just a messy and confused low-grade action film.
You can tell a surprising amount about the film from just the first few minutes of it. We see a figure (Paul Bettany) falling from the sky into downtown Los Angeles on December 23rd, then get to his feet apparently unfazed by the enormity of the drop he has experienced. He removes his coat to revel a large set of wings, which we assume to be elegant and impressive, except we only see them in silhouette. The figure pulls out a knife and proceeds with the blasphemous act of cutting off the wings and treating his wounds in the nearest seedy public toilets, except we don't see much of this either. Then, fully patched up, he locates a nearby arsenal with remarkable ease, breaks in, and helps himself to enough weaponry to equip a battalion of soldiers, before making his exit by blowing a cross-shaped hole in the wall just as a pair of cops is driving past. This sequence appears to be an attempt at showing without revealing to the audience, but falls flat on its face as it is perfectly obvious what has just fallen to Earth, and there is no need to hide the shocking nature of the wing dismemberment given the certificate of the film. But what puzzled me most is why this figure - which turns out to be the Archangel Michael, the commander of the Army of God, no less - needs to make such a dramatic exit from the mysterious weapons cache when he clearly just walked in through a door. But such is Legion, and having things happen that make sense is apparently not its prime concern. Anyway, having armed himself in an entirely improbable way - and stolen the car from the cops (apparently breaking the Ten Commandments no longer matters by this point) - Michael proceeds to drive out into the Mojave Desert.
Meanwhile, in a remote diner called Paradise Falls (paradise falls, get it?) in said desert wait the seedy owner Bob Hanson (Dennis Quaid), his improbably named son Jeep (Lucas Black), the pregnant waitress Jeep loves despite the fact he is not the father of her child (Adrianne Palicki) and a host of B-list customers, none of whom are particularly happy to be there. Amidst all the bickering and unpleasant atmosphere, something strange happens: the TV cuts out, only to be replaced with the Emergency Broadcast System (which is very odd indeed, given that this system was replaced with the Emergency Alert System in 1997). Just as the diner residents start to wonder if something bigger than their individual desires to get home for Christmas may be happening in the world, a car pulls up outside the diner, and a little old lady enters. She calmly orders a steak, before telling them they will all burn in hell, growing fangs and biting the nearest customer, and then literally climbing the walls. Being rural America, plenty of guns are fortunately to hand and the demonic granny is fended off. Given this experience, though, our cast understandably seem a little wary when Michael shows up heavily armed and declares that humanity is being wiped out on the orders of God because he has got fed up with our disrespectful behaviour. The demonic people are apparently being possessed by the lesser angels sent by God to destroy everyone, and many of them are heading to the diner in a bid to kill a certain resident who is the only hope for the salvation of mankind. I'll let you work out who that is (clue: it is blindingly obvious). The stage is thus set for a kind of supernatural Assault on Precinct 13.
I wasn't really sure what to make of Legion. It seemed a promising idea around which to base a film, but didn't seem to know what the audience would be. There was plenty of action, but too much talking to make this a successful action film (and to be fair, what action there was consisted mainly of actors yelling and firing guns at off-screen enemies). It wasn't scary enough to be a survival horror film or subtle enough to offer mystery or suspense. The lack of imagination and laughable special effects also stop this working effectively as any sort of fantasy film. I can't imagine the idea of angels with guns appeals much to people who believe in the Bible, either, although the viewers are clearly meant to have some knowledge of it as there is never any context given as to who Michael is. Given the number of reviews I have read about this film that query how one angel can stop a force of hundreds, clearly something pointing out Michael's martial tendencies would have helped enormously with the clarity of the story. But then, for a film purportedly based on Christianity, there is precious little religion in it. In fact, it is about as closely related to the Bible as Wallace and Gromit are to an engineering textbook.
The result is a mess. Poorly scripted, clumsily leaping from one scene to the next and with some of the least convincing and hammy dialogue I have heard in a long time ("I see you, Jeep. Fifteen years old, your mother leaves", says Michael. "Your father withdraws from the world and you spend the next five years of your young life helping him find his way home. You love a woman who bears the child of another and you love her with no thought of yourself, even though you know she may never love you the way you love her. You, Jeep... you are the reason I still have faith."). I, incidentally, had lost all faith in the film by this point.
Then there is the fact that film doesn't seems to have an internal logic. If God wants to kill humanity, surely he has enough power to be able to manage this without needing to send down an army of angels to Earth to do it in such an inefficient manner? Why not just wait until Revelation? Surely God has the power to know the future, so why did he not see the failure of his plan coming and still go ahead with it? If angels are supernatural beings with power, why do they need to possess humans to be able to attack and why can they be killed with guns? This is before I even mention that the story line is bad and derivative, the plot predictable and the musical score plays like a small child who wants to get as much attention as possible by being as loud and in-your-face as possible. Subtle it isn't.
The actors try to lift the film off the bottom of the barrel that is being scraped - and Kevin Durand as Gabriel does get quite close to managing this - but ultimately they have so little to work with that the best cast in the world could not have made this anything other than a B-movie. Paul Bettany has unfortunately already been filming the next Stewart film. I can only hope it is an improvement on this one as I was starting to like Bettany and it would be a shame to see his career Costner-ed by such poor film choices.
Legion is ultimately the cinematic equivalent of a takeaway coffee cup: an empty vessel designed for unenthusiastic consumption that will quickly be disposed of, but which provides the purveyor with a quick profit. It is bad in just about every way imaginable; you cannot even take guilty pleasure from the "so bad it's funny" element of proceedings. Every time you think it can't get any worse, it somehow manages to. It was with great relief that the credits rolled, and I just hope that the gap the film left for the possibility of a sequel is one that I will never live to see filled.
"Legion" is a 2010 Fantasy - Horror film starring Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson and Dennis Quaid.
The film opens with the Archangel Michael ( Paul Bettany ) falling to earth in Los Angeles, once here he cuts off his wings and raids a gun store for a cache of Automatic weapons, however he is disturbed by two LAPD officers, but one of them becomes possessed and kills the other, then Michael kills the possessed cop, which gives us a heads up that something supernatural is coming to earth
The film cuts to a roadside diner out in the desert where a pregnant waitress named Charlie ( Adrianne Palicki ) serves an old lady who walks into the diner, also present in the diner is a single father on his way to LA ( Tyrese Gibson ) the diner's owner Bob ( Dennis Quaid ) and his son Jeep ( Lucas Black ) and an well to do married couple with their teenage daughter
Before long the seemingly pleasant old lady turns nasty and begins to taunt the patrons of the diner, along with Charlie, when one of the patrons tries to reason with her she rips his throat out and becomes possessed, however one of the patrons kills her with a gun he was carrying and Bob and Jeep attempt to take the injured man out to their car, however a swarm of horseflies prevents them from making it to their car.
Knowing something is going very wrong the people inside the Diner are very shortly confronted by Michael and he informs them that god has lost faith in mankind and he has sent down his angels to destroy the human race, however the baby Charlie is carrying is deemed the saviour of Mankind and must be kept alive, even though the angels and the Archangel Gabriel ( Kevin Durand ) in particular have been sent down to kill the baby, Michael and the band of unlikely people in the diner must fend off heavens army and save mankind
I had high hopes for Legion as I do enjoy Paul Bettany's work as an actor and think he's a fine example of british acting talent right now, also the movies plot did intrigue me as having God lose faith in mankind and ultimately want to destroy us is while borderline Blasphemous, a unique approach to an antagonist for a movie.
However the problem with Legion is not the idea for the movie, but in the execution, in particular the script and story which is at most times confusing, the acting is good enough and while alot of the story is formulaic, the story is confusing and not enough time is spent explaining facets of it, I would in particular like to have had a good explanation as to how Charlie's baby is the saviour of mankind, and why God had lost faith in us, even the movies ending was confusing and didn't give us a clear idea of if the whole thing is over, or if indeed mankind is still at war with god.
Legion is very disappointing and only worth watching if you simply have nothing else to watch.
'Daybreakers' the vampire-flick DVD I just reviewed here might've been a pretty bad film and thoroughly clichéd but even so, it did have a story - of sorts - which sort-of kept the viewer watching till the end, as you felt a mild kind of curiosity to find it all might've turned out. In this respect it was not nearly so awful as the DVD of the film 'Legion' which was horrible, mean-spirited throughout and so bloomin' awful I couldn't even bring myself to watch the end of it.
I should've known from the picture on the front of the box - which shows the actor Paul Bettany wearing wings like an angel, only a DEAD HARDCASE angel because angel wings are both black and (as we find out to our cost in the film) presumably made of metal (from the metallic 'ping' they make when the bullets ricochet off them) - that this film was going to be a dud. But I quite liked Paul Bettany when he played Geoffrey Chaucer in 'A Knight's Tale' and as there was nothing else I could think of getting for my £1 unlimited DVD rental trial from 'Blockbuster' I rented 'Legion' this week. This was an annoying, if inexpensive mistake.
So. 'Legion' is exactly like 'Night of the Living Dead' type films, only somewhat in reverse.
In 'Night of the Living Dead' type films, the form is usually that a disparate group of characters end up trapped together by accident in some isolated outpost, while crowds of living dead type zombified / virus-infected / supernatural creatures converge upon them, picking off the people one by one.
In 'Legion' a disparate group of characters end up trapped together by accident in an isolated desert diner, while crowds of zombified / supernatural creatures converge upon them, and proceed to pick the people off one by one. The difference in 'Legion' being that the living dead type creatures here are only possessed by none other than -
THE SPIRIT OF GREAT GOD ALMIGHTY, THE GOD OF THE HEBREWS, WHOSE NAME SHALL BE KNOWN AS 'JEHOVA' etc.
So you see this could easily be counted as being something of the opposite of the usual problem - the clue to the religious content of the film being the obvious and scarcely-concealed involvement - as is clearly evinced by the DVD's cover picture no less - of the whole Heavenly Host.
Yes, it has also got the Archangel Gabriel, as a bad guy, in it.
The story of 'Legion' is basically that God has gotten so almightily hacked off with the human race that he's decided to get rid of the lot of us. Instead of doing this at one fell swoop and all instantaneously like you might expect He'd do, in the film He chooses the surprisingly inefficient, not to say inhumane, option of clearing the earth pretty much one person at a time, each for maximal gory effect. For some reason this plan will be somehow thwarted if the pregnant waitress who works at the desert diner I mentioned earlier succeeds in giving birth. The Archangel David (Paul Bettany) comes to earth all Terminator-style to fight for her right to bear children. Or something. The angel, pregnant waitress and sundry minor 'B'-characters were all still holed up together in the desert diner (which as a point of potential fleeting interest turns out to be run by a surprisingly rough-looking Dennis Quaid) battling zombies when I could bear to watch no more.
Now, I'm not religious, but if I was a practising Christian, I'd be pretty offended by the notion of God in relation to the content of 'Legion'. As somebody who had hoped to watch a half-way decent film, I was thoroughly offended by the content of 'Legion', which I thought was pretty dreadful. It wasn't even a good way of wasting an hour and a half as I couldn't even bring myself to watch it all the way through.
When God decides that mankind is no longer desrving to rule the Earth, he decides in his infinite wisdo to wipe man out. But this time around, he dos not use a flood but instead sends in his army of Angels to smite all Humans from the planet and wipe the world clean so he can start again!
Archangel Michael thinks that God is wrong! Unlike his brother, Gabriel, he is not prepared to just follow orders and sets out to show that Humanity is worth saving leaving just him to face off against all God's armies. He learns of one child, a single unborn baby, who is Humanity's last hope. If this baby is born, Michael can show God that humankind desrves a second chance. But Gabriel is determined not to let that happen.......
With a plot heavily borrowed from The Terminator but with Angels instead of killer Cyborgs from the Future, I had low expectations of Legion but was pleasantly surprised! What I anticipated and what I saw here was vastly in contradiction and the result is a highly accomplished fantasy/ horror that impresses on a number of fronts. Once action moves from L.A to a small roadside Diner where the final battle wil be held, things move at an incredible pace and we are introduced to a cast of very likeable characters thrown together in what seems like an impossible situation. Paul Bettany excells as the Archangel, Michael and is supported in every scene by a very strong cast. Not for one minute here did I grow bored and I was quite literally blown away by what I was watching! This is one of the best action films that I have seen in a while and is, in equal measures, both dark and highly entertaining. By making the Angels the bad guys we are left not really knowing who we should be rooting for and what we are left with is a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions!
Truly one of the best films of the year so far, this has to be seen to be believed. In one word.....awesome!
Released onto DVD and Blu-ray on the 9th of August this year Legion was a film that I was eager to see and had great expectations for. I had watched the trailers online and read a plot summary for the film and all in all it held massive appeal for me and I was delighted to see that Lovefilm had included the film within my latest rentals. As is often the case though and much to my disappointment the anticipation proved to be somewhat unfounded as the film failed to live up to my high expectations.
There's not really a lot that I can say about the plot as it really isn't that complex, however for the sake of trying to do the film *some* justice I'll briefly cover the outlandish premise:
God has become disillusioned with mankind and has lost faith in humanity so has ordered his Angels to come to Earth and bring an Apocalypse. Michael, one of Gods most trusted Angels defies the order and flees to Earth before the oncoming Legion of Angels can strike. He has a plan, and aims to save a single unborn child who he has faith in; the child could be mankind's best hope at survival if Michael can only save him.
Meanwhile a pregnant waitress is serving meals and drinks in a remote diner in the desert, she is nearing the end of her pregnancy and along with the owner, his son and their cook they are attending to their customers. When the TV, radio and telephones suddenly become out of order and a a big, black cloud is seen on the horizon it soon becomes apparent that there is something wrong and into the diner enters a seemingly frail old lady on a walking frame...
Can humanity be saved? Where is Michael? Legion has the answers but will you want to find out?
My brief summary up-to the entrance of the old woman and what happens immediately after her arrival are without doubt the best parts of the film. Up to this point time has been taken to introduce the characters, the premise of the film and I was enjoying the film immensely. The plot is as far fetched as they come of course, but that's the fun with horror films especially apocalyptic ones, they are escapist and fun to watch and whilst they predictably follow the same 'rules' the good vs bad battle than ensues is generally satisfying with a nice amount of bloodshed and generally features some great effects. It was all going so well with Legion but then it lost its way.
This is where the problems began. The first 45-50 minutes build expectations up and you are waiting for the Apocalypse to begin, the unsettled feeling and some nice set pieces have drawn events to the inevitable confrontation and just when you think that its all going to kick off.... it doesn't. What does happen is that some protracted dialogue takes place between Michael and Gabriel (the leader of the Angels) and the film turns into a clone of the 'Terminator'. This time its not John Connor who is seen to be mankind's hope but the unborn child of the waitress - why she is chosen to carry the new age equivalent of the messiah is never revealed nor quite why is God so unhappy with the human race. There are fleeting references to the relationship between Michael, Gabriel and God but nothing is ever explained, we don't know if Michael is still an Angel or not (his wings have been removed - we don't know by whom) but yet he possesses super human strength and abilities. In a nutshell and to continue with my Terminator analogy, Michael is the equivalent of Sarah Connor and Gabriel the T3.
Incredibly the film focuses on just the people in the diner and does not address the goings on in the outside world, there was scope here to make this film feel epic, the whole of the human race is about to be obliterated and there should have been shots of the chaos you would expect to be taking place. By having no radio/TV broadcasts the filmmakers copped out of showing the word-wide devastation instead we are expected to believe that all of mankind's hopes rest with a single child - I could go along with this if I knew *why* , I don't know if something was cut out of the final edit or whether the filmmakers didn't feel it was relevant to tell us but as the whole film is built on this single premise then much more relevant detail was needed in my opinion.
There are two extremely good set pieces in the film and if you have seen it you will know what I mean when i mention the 'old lady' and the 'Ice Cream man'. The special effects used in these segments are very good and certainly appealed to me, however if you have seen any trailers for the film you will have already seen the best bits and I incorrectly assumed that these were included to whet our appetites for more of the same, sadly this wasn't the case and the trailer simply spoils all the most effective moments in the film. At the risk of repeating myself, mankind is about to be wiped out, only a baby can stop the oncoming Legion of Angels (don't ask me why, I still don't know) and yet an old lady and Ice cream man are the two 'possessed' entities who come after it before Gabriel steps in and attempts to take matters into his own hands. Stupid, and an insult to the audiences intelligence as far as I'm concerned and the reason why what started out as a 4 star film will end up receiving just 2 stars from me.
The stupid plot aside the casting choices are perfectly fine in Legion and they all give great performances, Dennis Quaid as the fatigued diner owner holds the younger cast together well and Kyle Williams as his adult son (Jeep - what kind of name is Jeep for a kid?) is typically leading man material. Adrianne Palicki as the pregnant Charlie adds a touch of prettiness to the proceedings and everyone else does the best they can with the material given to them.
Not really no, if you have seen the trailers for the film then you have seen the best parts of Legion already. The first two thirds of the film is very good I admit but the final 30 or 40 minutes are a complete let down and you will be left with many unanswered questions in your mind. It is a terrible shame as the film could have been so much better than it turned out to be and really should have been better than it ultimately is. I seem to share the same opinion as other reviewers and commentators of the film although their ratings are harsher than mine and IMDB voters have ended up awarding an average score of 5 out of 10 from almost 19,000 voters.
The film can be purchased on-line from Amazon for just under £10.00 but if you are desperate to see it I would suggest it as a rental only. If there were any extras on my rental disc then I didn't notice them as the film was far too much of a disappointment for me to even consider watching anything else associated with it, this has therefore been a film only review.
One star is too harsh, three is too generous therefore from me Legion comes out with a poor 2/5 rating. Not recommended.
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The idea of God having had enough of the human race abusing its own existence is a good enough one, especially when the result brings angels down to bring about mankind's destruction. Director Scott Stewart has a really good idea to work with here, with the capability in an impressive if not A list cast list, and should really have given us better than the dark, brooding and rather slow film that we get on screen.
Set in a diner in the middle of Nowheresville, US, we meet a motley crew of characters, some local, some not, one of whom is pregnant with a child that (we learn) will be the saviour of mankind. God, unhappy with the human race, has decreed that this child not be born, and has dispatched the angel Michael to kill the woman and unborn child. However, Michael disagrees with his master's orders, so cuts off his wings and pledges to protect the birth against any other emissaries sent to do the deed.
What then ensues is a mixture of the macabre and violent. Various everyday folk are possessed by others trying to do what Michael had refused to, and this element of the storyline fulfils a horror element that is quite creepy. It's done well for the most part, despite some elements it's a bit far fetched. The old woman scampering up walls and ceilings and launching with her jagged teeth should really be scary, but it's just a bit weird, really.
Kevin Durand is cast as the angel Gabriel, leader of angels, as we would expect, but his involvement is so small and is left far too late for him to really be considered the big villain, as it were. Save for some impressive fighting between him and Michael, I found his involvement to be one of the most underused and missed opportunities in films of late. Paul Bettany does a decent job as Michael, but lacks a certain gravitas that the role needed, a lot of the conversations taking place with minimal lighting and virtually no facial expressions.
Other cast members, such as Dennis Quaid, Kate Walsh and Tyrese Gibson are used quite well, and in a sort of Dawn of the Dead type of way, each character having their own distrust not just of Michael, but of each other and of any newcomers. Protection is key for a great deal of the film, and there are a few welcome twists and explosive scenes. The fact that most of the film takes place in the dark means that viewer concentration is needed just that little bit more, and I found this lessened my enjoyment of a film that really does aim to entertain without needing to think too deeply beyond what you get.
The religious element of the film is explained quite basically, with a conversation between Gabriel and Michael doing most of the explaining. It really is a case of God deciding the human race doesn't deserve to exist, and he makes arrangements for this to happen. One of his advisers, Michael, disagrees, and this film is the result. Nothing more complicated here, but if you want to look at it as the fact that there are certain elements of our race that displease Him, then go for it. I didn't, andeven so I found it to be rather lacklustre.
I suppose the main issue is that there is just too much conversation going on. The supporting characters are laid out along the same echelon, with only Bettany's Michael taking a more lead role. There is little distinction, and even the usual pained expressions from Quaid seem rather forced. Sketchy at best, there's no real impressive elements in this for me, and I really don't think that they've managed to nail this one as they should have. The plot and script no doubt hold a lot of potential, but it just fails to deliver for the full length of the film. Far too dark overall, and Gabriel just comes into it too late to have the impetus he needs to bring. Passes the time, but not one I can say I'm glad to have bothered with.
When God was fed up with the human race many, many years ago, he decided to send a flood - a massive, long-lasting one that spared only the ones he chose to save. The year is now 2010, and God is angry once again. Apparently, he is fed up with man's b***s**t (their words, not mine) so much so that he decides to annihilate the entire human race, sparing no one, it seems. This time, he is using angels. Strong, powerful angels with menacing wings, humongous weapons and everlasting loyalty towards God that is never questioned. Game over for humanity. But there is a small ray of hope. Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) still has faith in the human race and is determined to save them from the fierce attack that God has put together for them. He arms himself with guns, lots of guns. Taking refuge in a remote, American diner, he fends off God's attacks and is forced to face off against his buff brother angel, Gabriel (Kevin Durand).
The concept is unbelievably daft. The writers (Peter Schink and Scott Charles Stewart) have come up with one of the most preposterous, illogical concepts ever with plot holes big enough to have a sky full of angels fly through. Okay, God is not happy with the humans. That's fine. Using the angels to carry out this global disaster is also a smart move too, since angels are known to be effective and mighty. One of the many aspects that don't make sense is how one angel is enough to stop an army of angels. Surely God, the omnipotent creator of the universe, can single handedly take out the one slightly inconvenient rebel getting in the way of his plan? According to Schink and Stewart, God is either not powerful enough, or he cannot be bothered. And how do these angels go about killing humans? Brace yourselves for this one, because this is truly the worst, laziest, and lamest part of the film: they possess normal human beings. The humans turn into zombie-like creatures that walk slowly, make odd noises and have a craving for human flesh it seems. Why on earth would angels do this? With a single swish of their wings, can't they eliminate dozens and dozens of helpless humans? Why didn't they think of this? Why didn't God, the omniscient one, specifically instruct the angels to approach the matter with as much efficiency as possible? The brief glimpse of His holy army you saw in the trailer? Hardly significant in the film. Used in a flashback, it is truly the most shockingly wasted sequence in this film.
More ridiculous (yes, it can get more absurd) is that the action is limited to that single diner. The writers try to cook up some excuse for this, too. They tell us that a heavily-pregnant waitress (Adrianne Palicki) working at the diner is in fact carrying the saviour of the human race. So why should we believe this? Because Michael says so. That is all we have to go on. Don't sit through this film expecting an explanation. You're not going to get one. Why is the baby so special? Does he/she have some special power? Nope, nothing is ever addressed. The mission is, save the baby - no matter the costs. And Michael does put up an impressive fight against the incredibly tame creatures, the possessed humans to be more exact. The actors try to add intensity to their performances, but the characters are written without the goal of being appealing even in the slightest. It's worrying that the main guardians of the unborn saviour are two of the most useless characters from the long list of uninspired cast. If the group stranded in the diner represents mankind, no wonder God is shocked and appalled by his creation. Dennis Quaid is the weak leader-figure, Palicki the waitress is an annoying, selfish girl, Lucas Black is the utterly charmless romantic interest for the waitress, Tyrese Gibson is the clichéd gasta-badass with a big handgun, and of course, there's the dysfunctional family (Jon Tenney, Kate Walsh, Willa Holland) that realises they really do love each other once faced with an apocalyptic disaster such as this one.
So the action between the humans plus one angel versus a crowd of zombies is deadly plain. It's obvious the inspiration came from "Night of the Living Dead," or "Assault on Precinct 13," the idea of isolation and no electricity being the main factors in trying to stir up some sort of suspense. "Legion" has the setting, but the execution is all wrong. There may be some cheap thrills, again from using so many clichéd horror film ideas (little girls covered in blood are really not scary anymore), but the director (Scott Stewart) doesn't know what to do with the well-armed characters. They have fancy, high tech weapons but not many of the characters get the chance to use them. The much anticipated duel between Michael and Gabriel is appalling - a bland, forgettable experience that is made even worse by the ridiculous weapon that Gabriel carries around. It's a mace that suddenly turns into a chainsaw. So incredibly childish. The action is always abrupt, restricted and never fun or exciting to watch. We see a lot of empty shell casings hitting the floor, but the actual shooting is not shown. An odd place to put the camera for sure, and because of this nothing is ever exhilarating enough to grip the audience.
When there is a break from all the "action," the characters decide to indulge in philosophical discussions concerning life, death and other religious topics. This does not work for even a second - the dialogue is so flat and shallow that whatever the characters have to reveal about themselves are all painfully unoriginal, and it's hard for us to care for any of them and therefore, it's even harder to take anything they say seriously. The endless conversations interrupt what little action there is in the film and shows that the director is taking the subject matter far too seriously. Often the lines are so bad that they border on the pretentious side, which makes this even more dull than expected. The more than adequate actors have been well-cast in their limited roles but with the slow-paced script and atrocious setting, even they cannot find anything to salvage. "Legion" is a complete and utter train wreck, and even the brilliant cameo from Jeanette Miller as the possessed old woman shouting obscenities at the diner towards the beginning isn't worth watching this film.
In a small diner named Paradise Falls, huddled alongside a heat-soaked, dusty highway a small group of people finds themselves thrown together by circumstance. The proprietor Bob works alongside his son Jeep and a war veteran named Percy. The waitress, Charlie, is heavily pregnant, but has no intention of keeping the child, much to the dismay of Jeep who is deeply in love with her and wants them to bring the child up together. A couple from the city, Howard and Sandra, are isolated at the diner with their daughter Audrey, waiting for Jeep to fix their car. Finally, Kyle Williams arrives at the diner, looking for fuel and refreshment.
First, the TV, radio reception and phones lines fail and they find themselves cut off from the outside world. When Jeep goes outside to tend to the broken down vehicle, he sees a dark, mysterious cloud gathering in the distance and then a dear little old lady named Gladys arrives. But there's more to Gladys than meets the eye. God has lost faith in humankind. The last time this happened, he sent a flood. This time, he has sent angels. Lots of angels....
Filmmakers seem rather enamoured with the idea that when he is displeased, God has one hell of a temper. 'Biblical Horror' isn't perhaps the most over-exposed sub genre out there, but writes occasionally toy with this idea that God is so displeased with the human race that he decides to just wipe them out. In Legion, this is exactly what is happening and what follows is ostensibly a sort of zombies versus the good guys movie, set in an American diner in the middle of nowhere. The location isn't accidental. The diner represents neutrality. It's between one place and another; an honest to goodness business that simply helps the weary traveller on his way. It's not the first time this has been done either. Tales from the Crypt ran a similar feature film years ago, starring Billy Zane and that was pretty much the same deal. Legion is like a bigger budget, ballsier more attention-seeking version of that film but I can't help thinking that the attention received is rather more negative than the attention sought.
Watch the trailer and you'll have seen nearly everything that Legion has to offer - and that's no exaggeration. Despite it's reasonable 100-minute running time, and in spite of the fact that this is a story about impending apocalypse, Legion is has a surprisingly stunted narrative that seems to bounce between a short, effect-laded action scene and a protracted period of sombre dialogue. It's an extremely difficult pace to accustom to. The action scenes are tense and exciting, often the result of something eerie or unpleasant taking place and there's a genuine sense of the unexpected here. But then, after some guns blazing or grenades launching, it all just slumps back in an exhausted heap, as though the crew is gathering its breath before the next assault.
The core premise simply doesn't hold water. An angel named Michael, sent by God to kill a baby that could save mankind, opts to defy the Almighty and dedicates himself, instead, to the protection of the unborn child. That protection consists of fending off hordes of human attackers, who have been possessed and/or turned into vengeful angels. What follows is a series of combat scenes as one or groups of these angels turn up at the diner and try and kill the child. It's a terrible stretch of plausibility. Why, for example, would somebody as powerful as God decide to kill the human race in such an intimate complicated way? He has the power to inflict floods and plagues - why send individuals in to the work for him?
The other question, of course, is why somebody who is associated with all that is good, would choose to act in such an unpleasant way. In Legion, God is very much the bad guy and you can't help empathising with a Christian audience that might find this concept rather offensive. Whilst the narrative is essentially about hope and the unbroken spirit of good in mankind, the whole 'God wipes everyone out in nasty ways' idea just doesn't seem to sit well with the principles of the religion and actually feels slightly anti-Christian. Writers are entitled, of course, to that opinion, but when the lines between good and evil, angels and demons, God and the devil become so blurred, it actually makes for a rather unsatisfying movie. The plot is peppered with holes too, with convenient developments occurring simply because the situation seems to merit it and the limited setting actually constricts the story line rather than focusing it. The diner (and its inhabitants) simply aren't a striking location for this kind of stand-off and the purpose of Michael and the destiny of the unborn child seem to be skirted around such that nobody quite knows what's going on.
It all *feels* very overblown. The score is full of loud, epic classic pieces, complete with shrieking choirs and dramatic strings - it's a little like an Old Spice advert. The dialogue is largely stripped of any kind of humour, but there are sly little laughs to be had from a particular song playing on the jukebox or the way in which a dear little old lady turns into a demonic psychopath.
Director Scott Stewart takes a leaf out of Zach Snyder's book here. Snyder directed an extremely effective remake of the classic zombie movie Dawn of the Dead, essentially re-inventing it within the action genre and maintaining the horror elements to darken the whole thing down. Stewart takes a similar approach here, stuffing the thing with notable action sequences, generally worsened by the addition of some nasty bits to keep the horror fans amused. In this, he is actually quite successful.
Legion promotes itself around a handful of vivid, imaginative and horrific set pieces where we bear witness to some of the 'angels' sent to do God's dirty work. The trailer showcases these quite prominently and there are two sequences which are likely to capture everyone's attention. It's quickly plain to see that this is Stewart's first time behind the camera and that his experience lies in the special effects department. Old lady Gladys is an absolute triumph though, turning a character on its head and providing the film with it's most effective sequence, complete with Exorcist-themed special 'scuttling' moves. The arrival of an ice-cream van prompts the debut of a similarly grotesque creation, although 'The Ice Cream Man' has far less screen time than Gladys (and is generally a little under used).
Whilst the film was released with a 15 certification it's sporadically quite nasty and there's even one use of the c word, which I thought pretty much guaranteed the 18 certificate these days, but apparently not. It's not, however, a particularly frightening spectacle. The premise of good versus evil is so obvious and force fed here that the conclusion seems almost entirely assured and whilst there are obvious triumphs and tragedies along the way, when the final credits roll, you'll not be able to resist thinking that it was all a bit predictable. That doesn't mean it doesn't yield surprises because there's certainly plenty of imagination going on here, but the central plot is surprisingly conventional and (dare I say it) actually a bit tired now.
The film also suffers from some predictable and tiresome characterisation. It's obvious, for example, that all the diners at Paradise Falls have been assembled to swell the supporting cast, providing cannon fodder to be picked off throughout the film's running time, their dwindling numbers representing mankind's dwindling hope of salvation.
Some of them are very irritating. City couple Howard and Sandra (Jon Tenney and Kate Walsh respectively) are there simply to cause trouble. Sandra is characteristically bossy and impatient and therefore least likely to listen to reason (a sure fire recipe for disaster later on). Daughter Audrey (Willa Holland) is a little slutty and therefore provides the requisite mother/daughter conflict that such dramas must always contain. As characters, however, none of them is more irritating than diner owner Bob, Dennis Quaid in full 'redneck' mode, who continuously states the obvious and does his best to come across as a complete idiot. Quaid really overacts here, such that he seems to be considering himself for the part of the redneck idiot in The Simpsons if a live action version where ever to be made. Son Jeep (what kind of a name is Jeep?) is only a little more likeable, largely because he's easier on the eye. Speaking of which, Tyrese Gibson really just plays himself here.
Conversely, the angels are rather more successful. Paul Bettany seemed like a curious choice for an action role but takes it all in his stride with some genuine presence and a cool, reserved manner that complements his heavenly status rather well. Bettany's English accent seems entirely appropriate here, contrasting him perfectly against his American charges and it makes a change to see an Englishman playing a good guy He looks the part too here, having buffed up considerably for the role and making the use of those slightly unsettling eyes perfectly. The make-up effects here are good too - I like the tattoo work that covers Michael's body. Brother Gabriel is reasonably effective too, portrayed here by muscle-bound Canadian Kevin Durand (Martin in Lost and The Blob in X Men: Origins). It feels as though Durand has to concentrate on what he is saying a little too much (I'm not convinced that he had to act that hard to play the brainless Blob in the X Men movie) but he still looks and feels the part pretty well. Gabriel looks pretty cool - the way in which his wings are created here is excellent, doubling up as both weaponry and defence.
Special mention should also go to Doug Jones' Ice Cream Man, showcasing Jones' capability to play weird people (he was also the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth and the Fish Man in Hellboy). But the most impressive performance must come from elderly actress Jeanette Miller, who, as Gladys, is easily the most terrifying thing here.
These are the extras provided on the iTunes US download. The iTunes US presentation of extras features reflects the extras on the region 2 DVD release, with the exception of one exclusive iTunes extra.
* Creating The Apocalypse is a (surprisingly) interesting documentary with interviews with the director, writer and effects supervisors outlining how various things were brought to the screen. Special attention is paid to The Ice Cream Man (quite cleverly realised) and Gladys in the diner and it's quite interesting to see how these effects were realised (less dependency on computers than you'd imagine.) Some things discussed are not immediately obvious either - it never occurred to me that the baby was a robotic model until they mentioned it here. Discussion around Bettany's stunt work is a little less insightful (and rather sycophantic on the director's part) but otherwise this is quite a neat feature.
* Humanity's Last Line of Defense is a shorter, and arguably less interesting piece that looks at each of the characters trapped in the diner. It's generally a shorter, much more schmaltzy insight into the film's stars (who all seem to fawn over each other). The biggest shock is that actor Lucas Black (Jeep) wasn't putting on his accent and sounds just as dim in real life.
* From Pixels to Pictures is a ten-minute feature that outlines how the visual effects were put together. It's a snappy, relatively interesting look behind the scenes, particularly if you're interested in filmmaking. The transition from storyboards to compute simulations to real action is quite interesting to see but there are probably few genuine surprises here.
* Weapons and Wings is a conceptual art gallery, largely just featuring sketches of what some of the film's weaponry and one for the fans only.
There are several memorable visual treats here, notably from Gladys and the Ice Cream Man, but they serve only really to expose the inadequacies of the plot. Bettany is a likeable and convincing lead, let down by a disinterested support cast and a threadbare plot. The extras are quite good though so if you did like the film first time round, the DVD/download might be for you.
Okay let's begin with the facts; Legion is a film of 100 minutes long, it was made in USa and released on 5th March 2010 in the UK, and the 21st January 2010 in the USA. It was rated R in the USA and 15 in the UK for strong bloody violence and language. It stars Paul Bettany, Lucas Hanson and Adrienne Palicki, along with Dennis Quaid, Kate Walsh and Kevin Durand. IMBD rates it at 5 out of 10, whilst Amazon has a slightly 2 out of 10 and gets only a measly 19% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Okay facts aside and opinions at the ready. Truthfully I enjoyed this, although I can understand the review ratings, because however much I may have been personally entertained the film is by now means a great showing of cinematic genius.
We'll start with plot so beware of spoilers ahead. The basic idea for the film is: God gives up on mankind, which is sort of understandable, and sends his legion to bring about the next apocalypse, a little less understandable. Our favourite archangel Michael decides he's not so fond of this idea, and chooses to save mankind, with the belief that God is wrong to loose faith in humanity. After his fall and self destruction of his wings he heads off to save the unborn child of down on her luck waitress Charlie. The unlikely battleground for this fight is the ironically named Paradise Falls diner, and it's unlucky patrons are caught in a battle for their lives, and the entire existence of the human race, battling demonic angels and a unexpectedly sinister Gabriel it's not much of a surprise that many do not make it out alive.
Now from the synopsis this is the sort of film that sounds good to me, which is why I got it. However what you don't get from the above are the existence of plot holes the size of a small continent. Number one, the entire reason behind Michael's expedition to Paradise Falls, to save Charlie's unborn child, why her child? Oh erm, well that one isn't ever actually mentioned, what's special about Charlie or her baby? Again not ever answered. The insinuations are there about her child being the next messiah, but it never really makes any proper sense - no immaculate conception or anything. Other problems range from demonic angels, explained by possession of the weak minds by minor angels, however the old woman in the diner is nothing short of from hell itself, especially with her language and the wall climbing. The film rarely gives proper explanations for things, and despite its use of religious themes repeatedly ignores areas of Theology which entirely contradict it's plot (Genesis 8, 21-22). This last point I can let go, in the same way the Matrix defies the laws of Gravity, the film is entitled to ignore what it will from religion, however complete lack of explanations for anything - not so forgivable.
So putting plot-holes aside for the moment we'll look at characterisation, truthfully I found it rather weak. Charlie was whiney and a little annoying, her saving grace as a damsel in distress was that fact that she was probably a fair representation of any normal person in her situation. Charlie's prospective paramour Jeep was however worse, perhaps it's personal opinion, but it seemed to me that Lucas Hanson has just about one expression, and it all it says is he barely knows who he is, let alone what film he is in. Minor characters showed some more interesting perspectives, I warmed to Audrey and her family, despite her mother's neuroticism, Kate Walsh a familiar face from early Grey's Anatomy, does a pretty good job with a small role. Now to our main character: Michael. I liked him, perhaps the posh British accent was a touch stereotypical, yet he seemed the most human character of them all, ironic really since he wasn't. Gabriel presented a sinister foil to Michael, but I felt both did good jobs with what could have been essentially unemotional roles. I've mentioned Dennis Quaid but I struggle to remember what he actually contributed to the film, his performance was probably quite good, if a little unmemorable.
The soundtrack was once again a little unmemorable, although I do remember 'The End of the World' by Skeeter Davis playing at one point and appreciated the irony. The filming is done so the whole atmosphere seems a little grimy, I'm not sure whether this was simply the desert setting, or a deliberate choice to reflect the state of man during the film, if it was the second I applaud the clever intermingling of media, of the first then they had a lucky coincidence, as it does add atmosphere.
Now despite the negativity of this review, if you remember I did actually say I enjoyed this film, right at the top, second paragraph I think. And it's true I did. Despite it's failings I was entertained, I'll probably even watch this film again. As I said it's not a brilliant, but the conceptual idea was very original, something which is depressingly rare in these genre films. They took a different direction from other similar genre films touching on the religious, and I like a little original thinking in my films. I felt the touches of irony were clever, and that Michael and Gabriel made the film more than watchable. Unfortunately even being entertained, if discussing the film you find yourself scratching your head, wondering quite why certain things happened, and if you ever really got a proper explanation - you didn't.
Legion is an apocalyptic thriller film that was released in 2010. The film is 100 minutes long and has a rating of 15 due to strong bloody violence and a lot of bad language.
After being given an order from God that he cannot carry out, the angel Michael falls from the sky and cuts off his wings. God has decided that he no longer has faith in humanity and wants the Apocalypse to happen. Michael however still has plenty of faith and descends on Earth to find and save the one person who can save the entire planet. The saviour of the world hasn't even been born yet, although the time is close so Michael must find the mother and protect her.
In the Nevada desert in a little diner called Paradise Falls, Charlie (the baby's mother) is a waitress. Having already decided that she will give the baby up for adoption, son of the owner of the diner, Jeep is trying to persuade her otherwise. Strange things are happening in the diner that day though with the radio and television completely out of order along with a possessed elderly woman turning on the customers and staff. When Michael finally arrives, needless to say everyone is quite on edge and have a hard time believing his story.
All sorts of crazy, possessed people start to arrive at the diner with the intent to kill Charlie before the baby can be born and it is all down to Michael and Jeep to make sure that she and the baby survives.
Paul Bettany as Michael
Tyrese Gibson as Kyle Williams
Charles S. Dutton as Percy Walker
Dennis Quaid as Bob Hanson
Adrianne Palicki as Charlie
Lucas Black as Jeep Hanson
Kate Walsh as Sandra Anderson
Kevin Durand as the archangel Gabriel
Willa Holland as Audrey Anderson
Jon Tenney as Howard Anderson
After reading so many negative reviews of this film, I was quite reluctant to watch it. I do love anything along the lines of this plot though so I was determined to give it a fair shot, especially considering that Tyrese Gibson and Paul Bettany are in it.
The story itself wasn't really that great. This story has been done so many times before that to do it again and be successful would need a certain edge to it. I didn't feel as though the plot had that special something to make it stand out from other films that are very similar. Regardless of the fact that there is nothing really unique about the story, I still liked it. There are quite a few important (in my opinion) bits of information missing to make the story whole. I would have really liked to have known who the baby's father was, why God lost his faith in a race that he created and surely if God wanted to destroy the Earth wouldn't the Devil have had a hand in its destruction? Due to these things being missing, I never felt completely satisfied when the film ended.
99% of the film is set in the diner in the middle of a desert. For a film with such a big budget (around $26 million) I did think that this was kind of silly at first. After watching the whole film, I thought it was actually quite a brave, interesting and also intelligent move. I like when writers think about the little aspects of a film and here, it is clear that this has been thought about. If a crazy amount of possessed humans were about to come after you, would you really venture out into the night and take them on? I think not. This kind of thing is what really gets me in horror films because you really wouldn't run straight into a closed room with no way out. I think it is fair to say that as an angel, Michael would have been blessed with some brains and therefore able to think about what he was doing and what would be the best thing for everyone. At least being stuck in a little diner provides them with more protection than the windows of the car.
Now Paul Bettany is certainly not someone that I would have ever pictured as the angel Michael. After seeing him in roles that are so laid back and comical, I was sceptical about how his performance would go in this one. Legion brings us a completely new and improved Paul Bettany complete with different coloured hair. If I hadn't previously known that he was one of the main characters in this film, I wouldn't have even recognised him. His character is a very strong one that you would clearly not want to mess with and even though he doesn't really speak all that much, what he does say is of a lot of importance.
The rest of the cast do a good job too. Most surprisingly was seeing Willa Holland (of The O.C) and how strong of a character she played. Not many people will even know who she is but comparing her to the role in The O.C, I have to say just how much her acting ability has improved and I was glad to see her move onto the silver screen. The scenes that she shares with Tyrese Gibson were fantastic and strangely, some of my favourite. Gibson is well known now for playing the tough guy (Transformers and 2 Fast 2 Furious) and while I think he suits these roles very well, I would love to see a different side of him now. On a quick note, after seeing Lucas Black in Tokyo Drift, I thought his southern accent was put on and extremely badly done. It now seems that the accent was real and he really does sound quite stupid.
There are also some quite amazing action scenes although considering the budget for this film, they could have probably been done better. This film isn't action packed throughout but is still impressive all the same. I loved how the possessed humans started to turn up one by one, quite slowly then the speed escalated and it turned into a full blown ambush.
My main problem with this film is the way that the humans are possessed. I didn't really understand why they looked the way they did after this happened and I didn't think it fit the film very well at all. I could understand completely if it had been the Devil possessing humans but for God's angels to do it made it very hard to believe. In one scene in particular, this possession wasn't even done very well. When the old lady began to climb the walls, it was so badly done that it really made me laugh.
Overall, I enjoyed this film quite a lot and although it isn't anywhere close to perfect, I don't think that it deserves all of the negativity that it has received since the release. I think one of the biggest things that is getting people to talk about this film is the Religion side of things but really, it's a film and fictional so people should see it for the entertainment value that it holds.
Just like with most films that I hadn't heard about before coming to the cinema I went on line and watched the trailer, well the trailer was definitely one to remember especially the old woman at the beginning of the trailer, I have to say I did not see that coming.
The trailer left a good impression in my head with a strong story that you could do a lot with.
God is displeased with mankind once again.
The first time he sent a flood, now he sends his angels to eradicate them and make the world over once again.
Archangel Michael still believes in love for mankind and disagrees with the extermination of the human race, so Michael falls to earth and cuts off his wings now making him human to help them fight back.
God sends his angels to earth to lead by archangel Gabriel to kill a prophecy child that if not killed will ensure the survival of mankind.
Michael becomes the protector of the pregnant waitress who is due to give birth to the prophet child and ensure she gets away to allow the child to grow and give mankind a chance for survival.
Paul Bettany as archangel Michael
Tyrese Gibson as Kyle Williams
Charles S. Dutton as Percy Walker
Dennis Quaid as Bob Hanson
Adrianne Palicki as Charlie
Lucas Black as Jeep Hanson
Kate Walsh as Sandra Anderson
Kevin Durand as the archangel Gabriel
Willa Holland as Audrey Anderson
Jon Tenney as Howard Anderson
Now for me that story sounds very interesting and there is so much meat there to sink your teeth into that you can go anywhere with this.
Well the movie ended up being a shoot-em-up zombie film because the whole film was set in a gas station ( or for us Brits a petrol station) with possessed people trying to kill this un born child.
There was one battle scene with Archangel Gabriel and ex-Archangel Michael which kind of picked things up a bit but on the whole it was (for me) a big let down. all the best bits were in the trailer and that always annoys me.
It had a good story with Gabriel always trying to please god and Michael defying god, there was a lot of substance and it ended up showing nothing.
As you got to the end of the movie Michael ends up telling the waitress Charlie and her friend and soon-to-be-protector of the child, that they have to go and hide so that he has the time to learn the scrolls that will be shown to him for the survival of mankind.
So they are leaving the film open for a second film to be done but the way this film went down ( like a lead balloon) what would make you think that you should waste your money on a 2nd failure.
The film was shot mostly at night and the 2 angel battle was in a darker setting too and I liked that, I liked the way they showed that, rather than your typical White lighting of what you expect angels to be in, even there wings are in black.
The acting was really a no brainer and it seemed Denis Quaid was over acting just a little bit.
I understand that when you don't have much to play with you make the best of what you have got but he really looked awkward, not like him at all.
Paul Bettany played the part of Michael with just the right amount of skill, although I couldn't get use to seeing him play a bad ass after seeing him in "A knight's Tale", but he had just the right amount for this sort of movie and there was no over acting.
Also another floor in the film is that these angels with bullet proof wings and blades for feathers have had no problems with gods wishes if you have heard any stories from the bible dealing with whole armies and all that but apparently they are having problems from A diner owner, A one-handed cook, a waitress (that is pregnant with what is supposed to be the savior of humanity.) A handy man/mechanic/future protector of the saviour child, a mother daughter and husband out on a family trip and
A fallen archangel ( now human) leader of this group.
Surly this movie should of been over before it began.
The only good thing that came from this is that it came from a comic book and as much as I disliked this movie I'm sure the comic will be much better and more detailed and I'm sure there is more imagination with it.
The film runs for 100 minutes
And what's even more surprising is the budget was
surley they could of done something with that money.