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Legion (2010)

  Tags: action, Adrianne Palicki, angels, apocalypse, archangels, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Quaid, Doug Jones, God, Jon Tenney, Kate Walsh, legion, Lucas Black, messiah, Paul Bettany, religious, Scott Stewart, Tyrese Gibson

Your rating: None Average: 6.3 (11 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
5

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Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Scott Stewart
Runtime: 
100 minutes
Cast: 
Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Tenney, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland, Doug Jones


Legion is a film that I've been greatly anticipating since I read the premise years ago, and the 5-minute restricted trailer only fueled my anticipation. With promises of action, badass characters and a possible epic battle between angels -- how could it go wrong? Hmm... Well, how 'bout the script? Although Legion isn't exactly a movie you see for the story, when you're thrown several plot-holes and a lack of character development, it becomes clear early on that the filmmakers were trying way too hard to make a badass movie and totally forgot about having any sort of proper storyline to go along with it.

The premise couldn't get any simpler -- God has lost faith in humankind and decides to just wipe everyone out. Instead of doin' the ol' flood thing again, he decides to send forth an army of angels to do the dirty work. Amidst the chaos a pregnant woman is close to giving birth to a child whom will somehow be the "savior of mankind". Thus, legions of angels set forth to kill the woman, but have to go through the Archangel Michael and his arsenal of weapons first.

The film poses many questions from the start, most of which will sadly never get answered. Unlike other films that leave the audience to come up with their own answers, it seems that the ones asked in this movie are simply plot-holes thanks to the poorly-written script. Like for instance what exactly makes the baby special? Michael gives us a potential explanation as to why, but it's definitely some thin, half-assed reasoning, and in the end it's still only speculation. Legion also isn't the most original movie, as films like Prophecy and Gabriel have already tackled similar themes, but we already knew that going in.

For one reason or another, the angels have to possess human bodies and use them as hosts to do their father's bidding, which is fine, except for the fact that they're greatly underdeveloped. Sure there's focus on maybe a few key "possessed" people, but their screen time is entirely too short. The rest were just simply there to be gunned down by Michael and the other survivors. Then we've got this group of survivors which we know very little about, as there's no character development with any of the people.

Another greatly underdeveloped aspect of the movie is the extinction of the human race that occurs outside of this secluded diner. At one point we hear a broadcast over the radio that indicates that it's happening around the world, and there are hints given to us by Michael, but that's the extent of it. Because of this it never really fully feels like it's the apocalypse or a worldwide extinction.

On the plus side of things, I was entertained from the start. It had some good action when the scene called for it and Michael (played by Paul Bettany) is definitely a great character. I also liked the key possessed people, despite their short time on the screen. The rest of the movie, however, is a bit of a mess thanks to the script and the numerous plot-holes that are hard to overlook.

Legion is a film that had potential to be great, but failed when they set out to make a badass movie and forgot to plug the numerous plot-holes within the script along the way. There are many key elements in the movie that are just never explored and certain underdeveloped aspects that could have been executed better. If you can somehow look passed the several plot-holes and forget all the unanswered questions then you may find yourself enjoying the movie. I wouldn't recommend seeing the movie otherwise.

Posted on January 26, 2010 - 7:11am | FrighT MasteR

 

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