Friday, 29 January 2010



Dir: Scott Stewart - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Adrianne Palicki, Lucas Black, Kevin Durand, Tyrese Gibson, Kate Walsh, Willa Holland, Jon Tenney
USA, 2010

Seen: January 25, 2010

Reason to see: Apocalyptic, Paul Bettany, Angels... I'm there

Legion placed #8 on my list of Most Anticipated Films of the Year, which is quite a feat for a January release which is often full of not the best horror films and festival/awards spill over from the year before which made it all the more fun to trek out to the theatre and be genuinely excited about what I was about to see.

I didn't know a lot about the story going in other than that it had angels, action, inferences to an upcoming apocalypse, probably a prophecy and starred Paul Bettany and all of that sounded great to me! Although I could easily sit here and pick apart the film, especially when it comes to images or ideas that very familiar from other films, that doesn't change the fact that it was really fun to watch. In fact, it's a great film to mull over afterwards because you can pull the parallels to other films but it also raises several of it's own questions and ideas.

I do wish Legion had focused a little more on character development, although several of the actors brought a lot more to their characters than I would have expected. In particular, Tyrese Gibson does a great job throughout the film giving us a something different that I would have expected. But when it comes to characters, Paul Bettany as the angel Michael is the heart of the film bringing us strength, courage and defiance - a temperamental trio that is bold and brewing.

In terms of supernatural/religious based thrilled, it's not up to the level of Constantine being more action centric and not as unique in it's art direction, but it's still a fun ride and one I know I'd be happy to see again and again.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll buy it
I'd recommend it as a fun action film of the supernatural flavour

15 minutes of preshow including 3 commercials and 5 previews: Season of the Witch, Kick-Ass, Hot Tub Time Machine, Death at a Funeral (2010) and Takers

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Suzie Ridler said...

Well now I do want to see it Shannon. I think it'll be worth seeing just for Paul Bettany and because I love all things paranormal, although I am kind of tired of the whole angels thing. Good to know it still has merits!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I hope you like it if you see it Suzie, I seem to be the 'Army of One' in support of it.

Angels keep seem to pop up in pop culture eh? I've never really been a fan but some of the new spins I've enjoyed.

Suzie Ridler said...

I think I might go on my own to see this one and love that you are its defender!

It's kind of creepy how angels are now seen just as warriors!

8gb micro sd said...

A cartoonishly grim supernatural thriller that could stand a lot less talk and a lot more thrills.

Unknown said...

I still believe with all my heart that Paul Bettany SHOULD have been Constantine instead of Keanu Reeves. I still enjoyed it, but Bettany would have been better. My apologies for accidental alliteration.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Wow - really Renerd? I'd never thought of that. I really liked Keanu as Constantine, it might be my favourite of his roles.

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