By Chad Wilson, Publisher
When I saw the previews for the movie Legion earlier in the year, I really did not want to see it. At the urging of my significant other, arm twisting is more like it, I decided to give it a chance. Three words come to mind when I think of the opening sequence: Angels With Guns. It is a motif that sticks with the movie throughout its entire 1 hour and 40 minute run time.
It seems God is mad at humanity, just as he was during the time of Noah’s flood, and wishes to do away with all of us once again. It makes me question what kind of God is so wishy-washy that he wants to destroy humanity every 10,000 years or so. Michael, played by Paul Bettany, was originally slated to kill the chosen child but decides to go against his maker and try to save the child, and thus humanity.
From the cross-shaped hole blown in the wall to campy one-liners (such as Dennis Quaid’s character, Bob Hanson, declaring, “We’re closed for business,” as he blows himself up along with his dive diner), Legion has very corny effects, as well as very bad acting . . . for the most part.
It started with the wooden acting of Adrianne Palicki who played Charlie, the pregnant, cigarette smoking (yes, she did), jaded woman who was the soon-to-be mother of the chosen one. However, I found myself liking her less and less as the film went on. I disliked her character so much that I was hoping that humanity would be wiped out by the end of the movie.
Legion is a bad showing in the acting category. Charles S. Dutton (Percy Walker), Tyrese Gibson (Kyle Williams), and Paul Bettany (archangel Michael) played convincing characters, but other than that, most of the rest of the cast left a bad taste in my mouth. Dennis Quaid, with his over-the-top acting, was the worst offender in this movie. Even the above-average acting of Bettany could not save this film. This movie’s extremely superficial feel can be lumped onto the Director, Scott Stewart, who also co-wrote the movie.
I do think Legion could have been a good movie if done right, but I think it suffered from bad writing from the start. Co-written by Peter Schink (writer of such classics as Barb Wire . . . cough), and Scott Stewart (who also directed this bomb), Legion is one of the worst movies that I’ve ever seen. I really wanted to walk out of the theater during the movie, and if I had been at the theater alone, I would have done so.
I give this movie a rating of 1 out of 10 archangels. Wait, let’s bump that up to a 2 for gun action alone.
I have one word for those going to see this movie . . . “DON’T!”