On Christmas Eve, a group of strangers are stranded at a diner in the Mojave Desert. Cut off from the rest of the world, they are forced to band together with Michael the Archangel (Paul Bettany, Iron Man, A Knight’s Tale) against a demonic horde of the possessed.
There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of this film, and there’s a damn good reason why. It’s terrible, plain and simple. I’m not a religious person, but even I can see that this is borderline blasphemy. The entirety of the plot is that God is causing the apocalypse, and we’re given no reason as to why, apart from “He just got tired of all the bullshit”. Apparently, the only hope for humanity is the unborn child of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki, Red Dawn, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), but the audience is never told any more, just that it’s really, really important. Legion tries to create a tone of fear, but it just turns out hilariously bad. And the way they go about bring the end of the world is really inefficient, with angel’s possessing the weak minded. Surely it would have been simpler and easier to cause a natural disaster or possess the people with access to nuclear launch codes. But instead, they send an old lady that climbs ceilings and an ice-cream man.
To call the acting in this film wooden is an understatement. Bettany was woefully miscast, delivering his poor dialogue with a remarkably straight face. The other cast members don’t fare well, throwing together Dennis Quaid (Inner Space, The Day After Tomorrow), Tyrese Gibson (Transformers, Fast Five) and Lucas Black (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Jarhead) as characters that I had absolutely no feeling for, it felt as if they were there just waiting to die. They try to give them some character development, but it’s only mentioned once.
Legion is a film with poor direction and editing, a stupid plot with ridiculous holes and abysmal acting. Don’t waste money or time watching this. Avoid.