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Legion
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05.05.2010 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Scott Stewart

Actors:
Paul Bettany
Dennis Quaid
Tyrese Gibson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
God’s had enough of humanity and this time he isn’t using a flood.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I always associate Paul Bettany with being a serious dramatic actor (not to mention the lucky SOB that gets to go home to Jennifer Connelly every night) , so it’s kind of funny seeing him play an angel who does kung fu with a machine gun. But as you would expect, Bettany give the role his all and makes a pretty decent and convincing action star, doing the whole “John Woo meets cherub” thing nicely.

And surprisingly Bettany isn’t the only star they managed to rope in to LEGION. Dennis Quaid shows up for a few days worth of work, and is given some seriously embarrassing things to say. (My fave: “Show me your teeth!”) Kevin Durand (SMOKIN’ ACES, Keamy on “Lost”) seemed like inspired casting as the villainous Gabriel, but unfortunately he doesn’t show up until the end in a limited role. Until then you can enjoy the rest of the cast, including Tyrese, Lucas Black and his southern drawl, Charles S. Dutton and Kate Walsh.

Unfortunately, even with the surprising cast and the cool premise, the film doesn’t live up to its potential. It’s got a good setup with the characters and the setting but only a decent, very generic execution. There’s some good action beats, with the whole thing feeling like a cross between NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and a video game, with its single location and nonstop onslaught of bad guys. It desperately tries to be deeper with talks of faith and free will (if you have any semblance of a religious background the whole thing seems kind of a silly and very Old Testament), but is hindered by the constant clichés and stilted, amateurish dialogue. (“Are you asking me to explain the behavior of the motherf*cking pestilence?”)

LEGION is cheesy, predictable and nothing really new, but it’s fairly enjoyable for what it is—a low-key angel actioner about the end of days. And the cast helps to elevate it somewhat. If it had all no-name actors it would definitely border on direct to DVD territory.
THE EXTRAS
The extras were actually pretty chock full of good stuff without much fluff.

Creating the Apolcalypse (23:42): A look at the physical effects and action in the film from the Ice Cream Man to the animatronic baby to Gladys, and interviews with everyone, including Paul Bettany who admits it was fun doing some action for a change.

Humanity’s Last Line of Defense: A standard featurette on the cast and building their characters.

From Pixels to Pictures (10:57): A basic overview of approaching visual effects on set, after which the crew takes you through each major effects piece and shows you how its done.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
LEGION is a decent actioner with the standard clichéd story and cheesy dialogue, but it works thanks to a fun setup and a surprising cast.

Extra Tidbit: Doug Jones, known for his creature work in stuff like PAN’S LABYRINTH and HELLBOY, plays the Ice Cream Man monster here and is seriously wasted.
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