30 Mar

Title: Legion
Year: 2010
Director: Scott Stewart
Writers: Peter Schink and Scott Stewart
Starring: Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton, Jon Tenney, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland, Kate Walsh, Dennis Quaid
MPAA Rating: R, strong bloody violence and language
Runtime: 100 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 5.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 20%

Blegh, what a horrid disappointment Legion was, I remember when I first heard and saw the sneak peek of it, I though I would be in for a thrill ride when I finally got around to seeing it, but instead what I got was a really uneven flick that even though does provide a great cast and does indeed give us some thrills is, for the most part, over-thinking and over-estimating itself, thinking it can try to be smart by confusing its plot, when in the end it just makes it all a mess, and thinking it can be more than it is by filling the film with completely unnecessary dialogue instead of more cool action scenes, and I don’t mean that in the good Tarantinoesque excessive-dialogue way, I mean it in the bad Legionesque excessive-dialogue way.

The film throws in a couple of really cool references to movies it attempts to emulate in one way or another, Terminator, Evil Dead and Aliens were the referenced films I took notice of, though I reckon there are plenty more. The film has that whole apocalyptic vibe, although in this one angels have descended upon us and all hell breaks loose (like the divine pun there?), its us against the angels as we have a group of humans trapped in the diner where the girl who apparently bears that child that will save us all is located.

See? That’s what I mean, this could have been a fucking cool action film with more than a few thrills in the middle of it all, but instead the horrible script made it be a film where more than a few good actors go to waste, even though Bettany is actually quite okay, but then again he always is, and fill this one in with way too much stupid dialogue. Yes, there are some moments that are pretty fun to watch, and it’s not totally bad, but the thing is that it could have been really good, but it thought of itself more than it should have. A real shame.

Grade: C


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