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Scott Stewart's supernatural thriller Legion, scripted by Peter Schink, concerns a group of strangers in an out-of-the-way eatery who become the first line of defense when God, believing the human rac... read more read more...e is no longer worthy of Him, decides to end their existence. This motley crew's only spiritual ally is the archangel Michael, played by Paul Bettany. Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Charles S. Dutton, and Lucas Black co-star in the Screen Gems production. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010

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  • June 16, 2010
    Okay .. neat premise .. okay action . . I am pretty sure this is full of at least 2 dozen plot holes. BUT I had fun watching it. Not bad not good. I would almost say they tried very hard to not piss anyone off when it came to religion. Where they may have been able to go overb... read moreoard one way or the other. In the end, like I said, I had fun watching it.
  • September 28, 2013
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  • January 9, 2013
    Legion is a supernatural biblical horror flick that had the potential of being so much better than what it turned out to be. The film's biggest problem is that it relies more on special features than on story, thus the plot itself suffers from lacking ideas and undeveloped charac... read moreters that really doesn't pay off. Legions had a very interesting concept, but it really didn't ended being a boring, unimpressive ride that simply failed at being a memorable and ultimately enjoyable film. There are a few chilling moments, but it's not enough to make for a memorable horror picture. The end of the world aspect of the film really didn't tie in to the overall story and I felt it was pretty sloppy. The way it was thrown in to the movie, seemed lazy and out of place, as if the filmmakers just needed some leverage to the films plot. The film's downfall is aided by a wooden cast of actors, and the somewhat good start quickly falls apart and becomes a train wreck. If the film had a better plot, and didn't rely entirely on special effects, I think that this would have been a more compelling film to watch. As it stands, Legions is a poor horror tale that is quite forgettable in the long run. The film is defi8nitely not worth your time, and it's just an effects extravaganza that lacks plot, good characters and memorable chills. Legions fails in terms of a horror film with religious overtones, and the potential in making a great picture is wasted after the first thirty minutes of the film when the film relies more on effects. Legions is a film that lacks substance and good direction. This is not a film worth your time, and it's a poor attempt at creating a biblical horror yarn.
  • May 30, 2012
    It sounds like from an old John Carpenter movie: the world's fate decides on the residents of a desert diner, who desperately fight for their lives as God's army is trying to get to a pregnant woman among them. Because, you know, God had it with this crappy Earth and only one of ... read morehis arch angels is on our side. What promises creepy fun or cool stand offs is sadly rather dumb. The film misses out on bringing biblical motifs or characters to the mix and instead throws ice cream truck drivers, grannies and kids obsessed by demons at the protagonists. That's lame and never really exciting. Things get a tad cooler when Gabriel comes down from heaven to take on his brother Michael. The showdown is better than the first half but only makes you realize how many opportunities for a fun apocalyptic ride have been missed here. Meh.
  • September 14, 2011
    An isolated diner is besieged by a horde of the possessed intent on killing an unborn child who is prophesied to be the saviour of humanity. Another hokey action thriller based on religious mythology, Legion is actually pretty good fun as long as the bullets and fists are flying.... read more Paul Bettany makes quite a charismatic holy warrior and the entire cast are pretty good in their roles as the usual Romero inspired zombie holocaust survivors. The format is very much in the vein of a heavily armed Night Of The Living Dead and it provides some stylish and exciting violence that's basically Assault On Precinct Exorcist. The biggest problems with it are that Kevin Durand makes a pretty bland nemesis and the fact that nobody ever bothers to tell us what the prophecy is or why the child is so important. This makes for a very unsatisfying ending that makes the film feel like the pilot for a non existent TV series. Still, it's a lot better than the dismal End Of Days and fans of TV show Supernatural will no doubt lap it up. And it's worth it just to hear a white-haired old granny drop the c-bomb!
  • July 25, 2011
    The Archangel Michael comes to Earth to protect a pregnant woman after God has given up on the human species.
    When the film opens with "I asked my mama about why God was so angry, and she said, 'I don't know. Maybe He just got tired of all the bullshit,'" I thought this would be... read more a film in the tradition of The Prophecy, but it's much more action-packed. And the action scenes are indeed quite thrilling and well-choreographed, but there are multiple other problems with the film that all the fun with guns can't hide.
    First, the scenes between the fighting are meant to build characters, but I can't say that any of them rises beyond cliched types.
    Second, if God and/or Michael can see the future - that Charlie's kid is important enough to save (the term "new baby Jesus" was used by one reviewer, but because this comparison isn't used in the film, I think "new John Connor" is a better term) - then don't God and/or Michael know the end of the film? The knowledge that is typically attributed to God makes futile any conflict against Him (in the film, "He" is the only term used, though "She" or "It" are probably just as appropriate). What is more, if God is all-powerful, then surely God isn't restricted to using possessed humans, who behave like a cross between zombies and Gumby, as his weapons. Wouldn't God at least be able to make the firing pins in Michael's guns malfunction every now and then? What's the use of being all-powerful if your minions are vulnerable to a Glock nine-millimeter?
    My final point may contain spoilers. Michael says, "The first attack was to test our strength; the next one will test our weakness." So what is human weakness according to God? Apparently, it's our compassion. Percy and Kyle specifically are killed off because they care about others. Jeep is lauded for his self-sacrifice vis-a-vis Charlie, but the same treatment isn't showered upon other sacrificing characters. At best, the morality inscribed in this film is inconsistent; at worst, it is unethical because it exhibits God calling compassion a weakness,
    Overall, for fans of pure action films and senior citizens who use the C-word, this is a good film, but for those of you who pay attention to plot, character, and thematic consistency, you might want to look elsewhere.
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    One of my new favorite bad films for script and acting, but in terms of action it actually is a lot of fun too.
  • March 6, 2011
    Archangel Michael appears at a roadside diner in the desert to save the unborn child of a waitress, on whose survival the Apocalypse rests. It seems that God is sick of the human race's corruption and debauchery, and intends to end it all with a fight to the death between good an... read mored evil. For a horror movie about the end of the world, it wasn't very horrific. The only reason I watched it was because Paul Bettany is in it, who I kinda like. But he takes it all far too seriously, which makes things even worse. It's pretty bad when the best part of the movie is in the first few minutes, and is a scene where an elderly woman with a walking frame calls another woman a "f***ing c**t, and then bites a chunk of meat out of the other woman's husband's neck. And the movie went downhill from there.
  • February 1, 2011
    God has lost faith in mankind (don't blame him!), so he's ordered an extermination and kickstarts the apocalypse, but a small group of survivors band together with the help of the archangel Michael who has defied God's order and tries to ensure the survival of humanity. It's got ... read moresome cool action sequences now and again and a show-down between Michael and Gabriel at the end. It's two best moments though were of the possessed old lady and Ice-Cream man - creeepy!! Unfortunately the majority of the characters were unlikable so the slow talky moments in-between the action were meaningless as it only provided more justification for God's annoyance of humans! Overall it's overblown and doesn't maintain a scary atmosphere but it's decent entertainment.
  • January 22, 2011
    Had so much potential, didn't turn out at all what I thought. I had high expectations for this, and it turned out to be a dozen awful actors put into a horror movie.

    Grade: F

Critic Reviews


Nigel Floyd
March 5, 2010
Nigel Floyd, Time Out

Celestial tosh of less than Biblical proportions. Full Review

Michael Phillips
February 1, 2010
Michael Phillips, At the Movies

[A] mediocre picture. Full Review

A.O. Scott
February 1, 2010
A.O. Scott, At the Movies

There's a lot going on, a lot of theology, a lot of bad horror movie effects. Full Review

Ernest Hardy
January 27, 2010
Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

The down time between action scenes is deadly dull and the film's hoary cinematic shorthand (i.e., a young Black man enters the film to the sound of hip-hop and fights with his baby mama) is more terr... Full Review

Cliff Doerksen
January 27, 2010
Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader

This feature debut by writer-director Scott Stewart may sound like an enjoyably goofy theo-horror romp, but it's a serious penance. Full Review

Keith Uhlich
January 23, 2010
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

Often resembles a prime John Carpenter thriller -- call it Assault on Manger 13 -- until an overcaffeinated angel-fu climax significantly lowers the intelligence quotient. Full Review

Robert Abele
January 22, 2010
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Legion may traffic in signposts of the apocalypse, but the whole affair mostly indicates that we're in the movie wasteland that is January. Full Review

Mike Hale
January 22, 2010
Mike Hale, New York Times

There are no orgies of planetary destruction; the action almost never leaves the diner, which may be just as well, since a short scene in heaven looks as if it were filmed on the set of a community co... Full Review

Tasha Robinson
January 22, 2010
Tasha Robinson, AV Club

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

Frank Scheck
January 22, 2010
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

A ridiculous piece of hokum that is far more fun than it has a right to be.

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Facts


    • Charlie: When I was a little girl, my mother spoke of a prophecy, of a time when all the world would be covered in darkness and the fate of mankind would be decided. One night I finally got the courage to ask my mother, why God was so mad at His children. "I don't know," she said tucking the covers around me, "I guess He just got tired of all the bullshit."
    • Michael: When God chose your kind as the object of His love, I was the first in all of heaven to bow down before you. My love, my hope for mankind was no less than His. But I have watched you trample that gift. I have watched you kill each other over race and greed... waging war over dust and rubble and the words in old books. And yet, in the midst of all this darkness, I see some people who will not be bowed. I see some people who will not give up, even when they know all hope is lost. Some people, who realize being lost is so close to being found. I see you, Jeep. Fifteen years old, your mother leaves. Your father withdraws from the world and you spend the next five years of your young life helping him find his way home. You love a woman who bears the child of another and you love her with no thought of yourself, even though you know she may never love you the way you love her. You, Jeep... you are the reason I still have faith.
  • This movie was seen playing in the diner's television.
  • Referenced from the line Michael says: "Come with me if you want to live."
  • When the last angel falls, the fight for mankind begins.

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