LEGION (2010)


Legion (2010)

Actors: Dennis Quaid, Paul Bettany
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Sony Pictures
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
Run Time: 100 minutes

Extra Features:

  • Creating the Apocalypse - Behind the Physical Effects
  • Humanity's Last Line of Defense - The Cast and Characters
  • From Pixels to Picture - A Look at the Visual Effects


In Legion it is God Himself who tries to destroy mankind and not the Devil for a change . . .

As the opening narration puts it, it seems that God is tired of mankind’s bullsh*t (He must have spent too much time in morning traffic it seems) and decides to wipe us all out.

Instead of opting for something “easy” such as a giant flood or perhaps making the U.S. President go mad and making him to launch those 5 000 plus nuclear warheads, God sends His angels down to Earth to kill us off one by one.

There is hope however: an angel named Michael (Paul Bettany) hasn’t given up on mankind and goes rogue. For some reason never quite explained in the movie an as-yet unborn baby will save humanity from SkyNet, er sorry, God’s wrath. And just where is the little savior fetus? Hanging out with his mummy who is a waitress in a rundown diner in the middle of nowhere in the Mojave Desert.

Soon the scenario is set for an old-fashioned Western showdown as Michael and the all the people hanging out at the diner has to face hordes of the living dead. Think Assault on Precinct 13 crossed with the Terminator. But instead of terminators we have angels with actual wings.

The folks in the diner are seriously outnumbered and after a cracking opening featuring an old auntie who isn’t what she appears to be, Legion promises to be one heck of an action ride. It is not to be alas. There is some chat and some more chat as the movie becomes Waiting for Godot, except not as existentially insightful. Normally we’d complain about the lack of characterization in a movie, but the time spent in “developing” the characters in Legion is a waste because the characters really aren’t all that interesting or particularly likeable even.

The end result is a movie that is at times enjoyably OTT but only sporadically entertaining. A pity. It could have been so much better.

WORTH IT? Too much chatter and not enough action. Not as lousy as some critics made it out to be, but a letdown regardless.

RECOMMENDATION: A rental if the good stuff is out.



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