Legion Movie Review
Legion is an utterly predictable movie about the world coming to an end, unless the unborn child of a white trash waitress can be saved. Blah, blah, blah. Nothing new is done here. The extremely tiny bright spot is Paul Bettany playing the angel Michael.
Jeep Hanson (Lucas Black) is in love with Charlie (Adrianne Palicki). Charlie is pregnant with another man's baby and is a waitress at Jeep's dad's diner. The diner is out in the middle of the desert. It is a normal day at the diner, housed by customers that are stuck there due to a broken down car . Howard (Jon Tenney) and Sandra (Kate Walsh) Anderson are on their way to Scottsdale with their rebellious daughter Audrey (Willa Holland). When an elderly lady enters the diner and tells Charlie that her baby will burn, all hell literally breaks loose. It's not till a man shows up with an abundance of ammo are they finally clued into what's really going on.
The story is campy at best, but probably isn't trying to be. It pulls out all the stops to fulfill cliches and stereotypes. There is the down on his luck diner owner. The bickering couple with the daughter who dresses herself as a whore. And a wide eyed young man who loves the girl who doesn't love him. Nothing new comes out of this story. And the actors aren't any better. Lucas Black as the wide eyed Jeep couldn't across any dumber. He is supposedly the hero but its hard to root for somebody who acts like he doesn't have a brain. And while he has a Texan accent (as he did in Friday Night Lights), dad doesn't. What gives? Kate Walsh as half of the bickering couple couldn't be anymore stiff. The tiny bright spot is Paul Bettany as the angel Michael. He is believable as the not of this earth man trying to protect all of mankind. But that's where the real acting stops. Just like the story, the background is filled with well-worn visuals. There is the run down diner with a television that has a dial on it its so old. People turning into demons with black eyes and huge teeth. And even going to the extreme by using an elderly lady and an ice cream man to represent evil.
There are too many things and not enough words to detail what can be done to improve this movie. It shouldn't have been made from the beginning.
Legion wants so badly to be taken seriously. With its story of God losing faith in mankind and taking out the human race and an angel who still believes in humans coming to save them. But it is nowhere good enough (even mediocre is a compliment) to be remembered. A campy horror flick such as Demon Knight or From Dusk till Dawn are much more fun to watch, and they definitely don't take themselves so seriously. And will somebody PLEASE start giving Paul Bettany better roles?? Please??!!