There is nothing like the wrath of God. Just ask the folks over in Sodom and Gomorrah. Oh, that’s right; you can’t because God brought down all that fire and brimstone on those cities but good. He went in the other direction the last time he lost faith in human kind, having it rain for forty days and forty nights and flooding the Earth. In the new movie, “Legion”, God is unhappy with the way things have turned out on Earth once again, but this time decides to use his loyal servants, angels, to bring the destruction of us all.
Adrianne Palicki plays Charlie, an eight-month pregnant waitress who works in an out of the way diner in the Mojave Desert and still smokes cigarettes. She is surrounded by an all-star cast that includes Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Charles S. Dutton, and Paul Bettany who plays the fallen angel, Michael. Michael shows up at the diner to protect Charlie and her unborn baby, who if it is born, can save all Mankind.
The folks in the diner spend most of the film fighting off people possessed by angels, including an old woman who can crawl up walls like Spider-Man, an ice cream man with really long limbs and a real angel, Gabriel (Kevin Durand). In-between these action sequences the film tries to build up some character development as everyone trapped in the diner sits down and gets to know one another. This is the weakness of the film.
Writer/director Scott Stewart has a long history working with visual effects. Some of the movies he has worked on include “Iron Man”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. So it comes as no surprise to find him being a more of a technical director than an actor’s director. Some scenes when the characters are supposed to be sharing a moment in deep interaction can be painful to sit through. The veteran actors do the best they can with the script, but it appears they relied very little on their director to reach their emotional highs and lows. Stewart tries to let his audience know they are watching a serious moment in the film by cueing up some string music and piano play to help “bring the audience in”, something he probably saw in other movies, but that never works for him. There is one nice scene between Dutton and Gibson when they are on lookout together when there is no music playing, but it quickly gets ruined when Stewart brings up his musical score again. Some blame will have to be thrown John Frizzell’s way, as he composed the music; but, the ultimate blame lies with the director.
The action and special effects sequences are quite enjoyable. The accompanying music and cinematography works really well in these parts. Much of the film takes place at night, but things are never too dark to see what is happening on screen, something other films suffer from when night sequences are shot. As much fun as some of these scenes can be, it’s not enough to save this film: certainly, not enough to plop down $10 to go see it in a theater. It is rated-R for bloody violence and language.
For more info: http://www.legionmovie.com/