LEGION Movie Review – Is It Worth The Rental Fee?

by on July 2, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Legion

Legion, starring Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Adrianne Palicki, Dennis Quaid, Kevin Durand (Robin Hood, X-Men Origins: Wolverine; on TV: Lost) et al. is about God giving up on humanity and kick starting the Apocalypse to clean up this mess of a society. This movie review of Legion is focused on the fun of it, bot the artistic representation or what not of how it reflects on society or what not. (Keep that in mind!)

The story of Legion is focused on the birth of one child and, with the angels doing God’s bidding to destroy humanity, they come to stop the birth of the child.

The previews for the movie give up most of the action scenes. There are a few subtle (or not) disconnects in a few scenes that just lose a tiny bit of continuity, but overall, it’s a good film for kicking back and chomping down your popcorn or choice guilty pleasure munch-snack.

The developing character dialog was used well to develop past, present and upcoming scenarios.

This film contributed to a wonderfully thought provoking phrase: “You gave him what he wanted. I gave him what he needed.” In the context of the film, that will make perfect sense why it is a thought provoker.

If you’re a Dennis Quaid fan, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It wasn’t his best, but he did what he could with what he was given and played the part of the failed husband and father, Bob Hanson, well. Kate Walsh (Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy) wasn’t a focused major player, but she always has a presence no matter where she shows up. I’ve never complained about anything Adrianne Palicki is in, and more or less, everyone delivered well.

As the angel Michael (Paul Bettany) forsakes his oath to God, he becomes the protector of the humans and his brother, Gabriel (Kevin Durand) is sent to dispatch the mother (Adrianne Palicki) of this newborn that needs to live to save humanity.

The one actor whom I’ve enjoyed over the years is Kevin Durand, who played Gabriel. In everything I’ve seen him in, he’s played the bad guy that you really love to hate. Being Gabriel, he’s not quite the butt wipe he usually is, though he is the bad-guy angel that comes a callin’. I loved the angel battle techniques. That was probably some of the best bits of the film and I am going to presume that these fight sequences will lend themselves to future angel fight scenes. Wonderful work indeed.

Despite a few small nits, there was one seriously glaring issue I had with the film and that was the ending.

YES, SPOILER, SERIOUS MOVIE ENDING SPOILER

When Jeep (Lucas Black) and Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) survive the whole ordeal and they’re standing there, looking down at the carnage, the movie should have ended there. But noooo, someone decided we needed one more scene of them in a vehicle, smiling blissfully at each other and the camera pans back through the back of the SUV and we see the collection of guns stacked up in the back. It reeked of the closing scenes from the original Terminator movie and this scene alone diluted what little emotional satisfaction I had derived from the end.

End Spoiler

Creative Team Debut:

This is Scott Charles Stewart first directorial gig, and what looks like his first written screenplay. It’s possible a more seasoned director / writer would not have put that final scene in there. And discovering this was Stewart’s directorial debut, I get the few glitches I’ve noticed. If that’s the case, this was then a good start for Stewart. Peter Schink co-wrote the film, but again, his first credit as such.

Final Thought:

Over on IMDb, it has a rating of 5 / 10. I’d go a touch higher and say easily a 6 out of 10 scale. None the less, if nothing else appeals to you on the pay-per-view menu, I’d recommend it, if you have plenty of popcorn!

This movie review brought to you by Cinema Static on Brusimm.

Legion on Amazon

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