Director Scott Stewart (who also had a hand in writing the script) brings us a fun, lively action horror movie about a diner besieged by possessed people who want to ensure the death of a yet-to-be-born child and subsequently spur on the end of mankind. The angel Michael (Paul Bettany) wants the baby to be born and so helps the humans fight back the malevolent hordes.
I thought this film was a blast from start to finish and am surprised by some of the negative reviews I’ve seen. Bettany is absolutely kick-ass as Gabriel, a performance that’s just as much terminator as guardian angel. The rest of the cast may not stand out but nor do they cause any great stink. I always like watching Dennis Quaid on screen, Charles S. Dutton is just fine, Lucas Black is an endearing character, Adrianne Palicki (as the expectant mom-to-be) is good enough, Tyrese Gibson does just fine and there is fine support from people such as . . . . . well, the little old lady who makes a memorable appearance in the diner, a freaky ice cream van driver and anyone else involved.
Even Kevin Durand is okay as Gabriel though perhaps someone a bit more memorable would have improved that role, an important one in the grand scheme of things.
It’s essentially a siege movie for most of the running time but there are plenty of enjoyable little moments throughout to please both action movie fans and horror fans. I’ve seen it noted that the movie grinds to a halt in the second half and, while things certainly slow down, I disagree. There is a bit of an impasse reached but the film is still building tension and providing us with enjoyable company until we get to the inevitable face-off finale (which is full of more little, cool touches).
I had a great time watching Legion and would happily watch it again almost straight away. Others disagree, in great numbers, but I urge people to give it a go and to make their own mind up about it.
DIRECTOR: SCOTT STEWART
STARS: PAUL BETTANY, DENNIS QUAID, LUCAS BLACK, ADRIANNE PALICKI, CHARLES S. DUTTON, KEVIN DURAND, TYRESE GIBSON
RUNTIME: APPROX 100 MINS