Legion is a 2010 American apocalyptic Fantasy-Horror film, with a directorial debut from visual effects specialist, Scott Stewart. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Adrianne Palicki and Dennis Quaid and explores themes of biblical world ending. Michael (Bettany) is a former Angel who has arrived to protect the unborn child of a poor waitress (Palicki) in the middle of nowhere. God has grown tired of mankind and has sent an army to destroy them all and kill the unborn child, which remains mankind’s only hope.
It’s hard where to begin with this abomination of a movie. With the solid ‘C’ list cast, I was expecting more from a film with the potential to explore vastly philosophical biblical themes. However, from top to bottom, the film is a complete mess. The acting is beyond awful, and this can be attributed to the shocking script with some of the worst writing I have ever seen.
First time director, Scott Stewart, has an impressive resumé in the field of visual effects, including Iron Man, Sin City and Blade Runner. However, his rewriting of Legion’s script could potentially ruin all this good work. It’s fairly shocking to see an actor as impressive as Paul Bettany not only appear in this production, but sign up for an almost identical project due next year called ‘Priest‘.
The story is incoherent and lacks any form of legitimacy and order, the script keeps the actors wooden and plot tools are ridiculously obvious and unhidden. The only redeeming features of this film are the hilarity a film of this standard produces. Credit should also be given to Charles S. Dutton who plays short-order cook Percy, he is the only member of the cast who leaves this mess of a movie without a negative comment.