Thursday, January 28, 2010

Review: Legion

Grade: B-

God has lost his faith in the human race once again. This time, rather than sending a flood or a shower of fire and brimstone, he sends hordes of angels to destroy the world. A diner in the middle of nowhere then becomes an unlikely battleground for the salvation of the human race as a group of strangers help protect a girl who is pregnant with mankind's savior against the onslaught of angels with the help of the archangel Michael. Michael has cut off his wings and become human because he still has faith in mankind.

The plot of this movie sounded so very awesome to me, it has so much potential. Unfortunately whoever wrote this movie failed to realize that potential. The movie, in my opinion, focuses far too much on each of the characters personal drama, which in turn fills the movie with pretty boring dialogue that doesn't have much to do with the crisis at hand. Also, considering that the apocalypse is happening and all the angels in heaven are trying to kill one person there are huge gaps of action that appear to take place hours apart from each other, makes no sense.

Paul Bettany (Da Vinci Code, A Knight's Tale) plays the lead role of Michael. I really enjoy Paul Bettany and was excited to see him enter the world of action movies but he does surprisingly little given that he is the main character. Relative new comer Adrianne Palicki plays Charlie, the pregnant diner waitress. Palicki did a pretty good job for her first major role. Dennis Quiad (G.I. Joe, Pandorum) plays Bob, the owner of the diner. Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wild Hogs) plays the angel Gabriel and he did a pretty good job with the role. The movie also features Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Charles S. Dutton, Willa Holland, Kate Walsh and Doug Jones.

If you like sci-fi action/horrorish movies than you might enjoy this. I did enjoy it I was just pretty disappointed in all of the wasted potential. It is worth seeing but it can easily wait for DVD if you want.

Great quote: "I knew he'd send you, Gabriel. You were always so eager to please him."

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