Just got back from a preview of the new flick ‘Legion’ starring Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Dennis Quaid & Charles S. Dutton. It’s essentially a biblical apocalypse story with a thinly guised homage to numerous other genre films thrown in for good measure.
Bettany plays the archangel Michael, who’s been cast out of Heaven (a la Terminator – the first of numerous scenes that are heavily influenced by those films) for siding with the humans against God. Seems the Divine has decided we’re all worthless again and instead of flooding everything, this time he’s sending his ‘legion’ of angels to destroy us all.
Dennis Quaid & Lucas Black play a misfit pair of father/son who own & run the ironically named (but not really) Paradise Falls diner wherein works an expecting waitress named Charlie (Adrianne Palicki). Oh, and she’s carrying some ‘messiah’-like child in her womb that Michael swears to protect and God’s legions are sent to destroy. Cue scenes from ‘The Mist’ as strangers are trapped in the diner along with the above named cast while an army of possessed zombie/angel people try to break in and gut the waitress. Nice eh – boy, when God get’s pissed he REALLY gets pissed.
Redeeming performances by Charles S. Dutton as kindly, religious cook Percy (& probably the strongest character portrayal of the movie), Tyrese Gibson as reformed thug Kyle and Kevin Durand as the archangel Gabriel do help keep one interested, but there’s plenty of slow spots to trudge through before the final reel. Lots of unlikely plot twists are thankfully tempered with sizable amounts of action (especially if you’re a fan of car explosions), building up to a so-so ending that also borrows heavily from James Cameron.
There are some good creepy scenes however; the possessed granny and the ice cream man give some genuine chills but no mention of any demons or devils through-out the entire film. Yep – the apocalypse starts and apparently Ole’ Scratch was nappin’. Or maybe holding out until the sequel. In either case, not a terribly bloody film and worth a watch if you’re into this type of thing (like I am). However, I have to add that I thought the similarly themed ‘The Prophecy’ was better. And it HAD the Devil in it.