Legion

 
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When the last angel falls, the fight for mankind begins.

A lonely diner becomes ground-zero for the apocalypse as a group of survivors attempt to stave off the apocalypse with the help of the Archangel Michael.  Believing that the unborn child of a local woman may be the key to saving humanity, Michael faces off with the armies of heaven as they attempt to wash clean the Earth of the failed mistake of humanity.

The last time God punished humanity he sent a flood.  This time, he enlists his entire choir of angelic creations to wipe clean the Earth of the failed mistake of humanity.  Arriving on Earth to prevent the imminent Apocalypse, Michael sets forth on a mission to protect what may be humanity's last chance, the unborn child of a small-town woman.  Finding her at a lonely diner, Michael makes his last stand to defend the survivors and convince God that human kind is worth saving.

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A Legion Of Missed Opportunities
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Apocalypse films are a dime-a-dozen and treading the religious aspects of such is no original feat. Unfortunately, even with the superb visual effects and actor Paul Bettany's incredibly built physique, Legion can't seem to find its footing.

Playing on the concept that Mankind has once again lost favor with the Creator and He decides it's time to pull the plug once again on the whole experiment "Noah Style", Legion finds the Archangel Michael fallen to Earth to protect the unborn child of a young woman as she and her friends are trapped in an off-road diner, the angel-fueled apocalypse descending around them.

While interesting on paper, the film simply can't get over itself. What could have been a solid interpretation of man's failing relationship with God turns into a smarmy, bloody, bullet-laden action flick. And while the film does have its moments, it's a shame to see star power like Paul Bettany, reknowned for his breadth and depth, reduced to an emotionally charged yet one-note character. But really, how much can you bring to the protrayal of an Archangel. Entertaining as the film might be in small doses, overall it misses the mark.

Three bright notes are the overall scoring which lends a fantastically ominous ambience to the entire situation. The audience is made more than overtly aware that God is up there and he is terrifically pissed with his creations and their devolvement into the base animals we were intended to rise above. Secondly is the performance of the always underrated Kevin Durand as the Archangel Gabriel. I've watched Durand's work improve and grow since Stargate SG-1 and his remarkable talent is expressed exceptionally well here. Thirdly is the always enjoyable Charles S. Dutton whom I believe can make even the worst of scripts come alive and breathe.

Sadly, these two bright spots simply can't compensate for lackluster pacing, a cheesy attempt to spawn a sequel at the end, drained and somewhat silly dialogue throughout (even Dennis Quaid is less hammy with this script and that's saying something), and sadly underused talent. Give a look for the impressive visual effects, but there's no need to stay in this burnt Eden for long.

-Jarod
JW
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