Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Legion



Well, this was certainly a disappointment. Absolute waste of a good cast: Dennis Quaid, Charles Dutton, Paul Bettany, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Kate Walsh (WTF?), etc. Basically, God is in another one of his moods and wants to wipe out humanity. A lone angelic dissenter tries to protect the pregnant young waitress whose unborn child has the potential to be our savior. Ninety percent of the film takes place at a run-down diner, smack dab in the middle of nowhere. A bunch of folks at the wrong place, at the wrong time, also find themselves in the middle of the battle...

Don't let the cast, trailer and $26 million budget fool you, Legion is barely a step above one of those most-dangerous-night-on-television SyFy movies -- but totally lacking their B-movie charm. Limited location stories are all about character, without that, all you have is.. well, a bad film like Legion. Every ten minutes or so, a dumb character does something stupid and someone dies. It's not satisfying on an action and special effects level either. The possessed look silly (The Ice Cream Man!) and are apparently dumb as a box of rocks -- you outnumber them! Instead of standing around, attempting to look intimidating, how about storming the diner? With guns? Maybe set it on fire?

The concept is a cool one, but the ridiculous plot just let me down.

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