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It sounds like from an old John Carpenter movie: the world's fate decides on the residents of a desert diner, who desperately fight for their lives as God's army is trying to get to a pregnant woman among them. Because, you know, God had it with this crappy Earth and only one of his arch angels is on our side. What promises creepy fun or cool stand offs is sadly rather dumb. The film misses out on bringing biblical motifs or characters to the mix and instead throws ice cream truck drivers, grannies and kids obsessed by demons at the protagonists. That's lame and never really exciting. Things get a tad cooler when Gabriel comes down from heaven to take on his brother Michael. The showdown is better than the first half but only makes you realize how many opportunities for a fun apocalyptic ride have been missed here. Meh.
- ironclad1609, Wednesday, May 30, 2012
An isolated diner is besieged by a horde of the possessed intent on killing an unborn child who is prophesied to be the saviour of humanity. Another hokey action thriller based on religious mythology, Legion is actually pretty good fun as long as the bullets and fists are flying. Paul Bettany makes quite a charismatic holy warrior and the entire cast are pretty good in their roles as the usual Romero inspired zombie holocaust survivors. The format is very much in the vein of a heavily armed Night Of The Living Dead and it provides some stylish and exciting violence that's basically Assault On Precinct Exorcist. The biggest problems with it are that Kevin Durand makes a pretty bland nemesis and the fact that nobody ever bothers to tell us what the prophecy is or why the child is so important. This makes for a very unsatisfying ending that makes the film feel like the pilot for a non existent TV series. Still, it's a lot better than the dismal End Of Days and fans of TV show Supernatural will no doubt lap it up. And it's worth it just to hear a white-haired old granny drop the c-bomb!
- garyX, Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Archangel Michael comes to Earth to protect a pregnant woman after God has given up on the human species. When the film opens with "I asked my mama about why God was so angry, and she said, 'I don't know. Maybe He just got tired of all the bullshit,'" I thought this would be a film in the tradition of The Prophecy, but it's much more action-packed. And the action scenes are indeed quite thrilling and well-choreographed, but there are multiple other problems with the film that all the fun with guns can't hide. First, the scenes between the fighting are meant to build characters, but I can't say that any of them rises beyond cliched types. Second, if God and/or Michael can see the future - that Charlie's kid is important enough to save (the term "new baby Jesus" was used by one reviewer, but because this comparison isn't used in the film, I think "new John Connor" is a better term) - then don't God and/or Michael know the end of the film? The knowledge that is typically attributed to God makes futile any conflict against Him (in the film, "He" is the only term used, though "She" or "It" are probably just as appropriate). What is more, if God is all-powerful, then surely God isn't restricted to using possessed humans, who behave like a cross between zombies and Gumby, as his weapons. Wouldn't God at least be able to make the firing pins in Michael's guns malfunction every now and then? What's the use of being all-powerful if your minions are vulnerable to a Glock nine-millimeter? My final point may contain spoilers. Michael says, "The first attack was to test our strength; the next one will test our weakness." So what is human weakness according to God? Apparently, it's our compassion. Percy and Kyle specifically are killed off because they care about others. Jeep is lauded for his self-sacrifice vis-a-vis Charlie, but the same treatment isn't showered upon other sacrificing characters. At best, the morality inscribed in this film is inconsistent; at worst, it is unethical because it exhibits God calling compassion a weakness, Overall, for fans of pure action films and senior citizens who use the C-word, this is a good film, but for those of you who pay attention to plot, character, and thematic consistency, you might want to look elsewhere.
- hunterjt13, Monday, July 25, 2011