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Dios ha perdido la fe en el ser humano, así que ha decidido enviar a su legión de ángeles a la Tierra para exterminar a la raza humana por segunda vez en la Historia. La única esperanza recae sobre un grupo de rebeldes escondidos en mitad del desierto, que recibirán la ayuda del mismísimo arcángel Miguel (Paul Bettany)... Ópera prima en la dirección de un veterano de los efectos especiales.
Dios Ha Perdido La Fe En El Ser Humano, Así Que Ha Decidido Enviar A Su Legión De Ángeles A La Tierra Para Exterminar A La Raza Humana Por Segunda Vez En La Historia. La Única Esperanza Recae Sobre Un Grupo De Rebeldes Escondidos En Mitad Del Desierto, Que Recibirán La Ayuda Del Mismísimo Arcángel Miguel (Paul Bettany). Ópera Prima En La Dirección De Un Veterano De Los Efectos Especiales.
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What I find fascinating is that, for a film that comes across as nothing more than a violent, gory supernatural thriller, "Legion" tells a thoroughly absorbing story, one that, oddly enough, sends a message more hopeful and satisfying than the one sent by the duplicitous "The Book of Eli." I suspect few will latch onto this, since more time is spent on bloody shootouts and cornball dialogue; a basic shot consists of Bettany toting heavy artillery while someone over his shoulder swears loudly. Another basic shot shows a possessed person transforming hideously, and yes, this includes the overhyped scene of the old woman in the diner. And yet, in spite of all this, the subtexts are there, and there are moments of compelling character development.
Consider the relationship between Charlie and her boyfriend, a simple but decent mechanic named Jeep (Lucas Black); he wants to provide for her despite not being the father of her child, which she finds difficult to understand since she doesn't believe herself to be all that good of a person. She has no plans for the future. She contemplated an abortion, and even in her eighth month of pregnancy, she smokes. "Why do you have so much faith in me?" she asks Jeep, as if to suggest that it's wrong to care for someone who doesn't have it together. "Am I another one of your lost causes?" Jeep then leaves, refusing to indulge a woman who spends every moment feeling sorry for herself.
Another important relationship is examined. Jeep and his father, Bob (Dennis Quaid), haven't been getting along too well lately, although we quickly learn that Bob is really not a bad guy - he just doesn't want his son making the same mistakes he made, mistakes that left him without a wife in a poor desert town working a dead-end job. Although he has difficulty showing it, he sees the good in Jeep and wants him to put it to better use than fixing cars in a rusty garage.
From Michael's point of view, Jeep is a sign that, in spite of wars, injustice, bigotry, greed, and waste, humanity is indeed worth saving. But it won't be an easy fight; even if Charlie's child manages to be born, it will still be vulnerable to the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand), leader of the angel army on Earth. Unlike Michael, he believes that if God gives an order, it should never, ever be questioned. Needless to say, he and Michael are now enemies, although one gets the sense that, deep down, Gabriel wants to side with Michael.
I'm probably in the minority here, but I think that there are deeper aspects to "Legion." I also think that they redeem the disappointing screenplay, parts of which seem to have been written by a potty-mouthed sixteen-year-old. Some of the worst dialogue is given to Quaid, who at times portrays his character as nothing more than a country/western stereotype. And then there's Charles S. Dutton as a God-fearing veteran with a hook for a hand, who at one point recalls his father's words of wisdom about dying before waking up. It wasn't profound by any means, but the fact that he tried to make it seem like it was caught my attention.
"Legion" is not a great movie, and will never be seen as one. But I do think it's better than some have suggested. It tells a Christ-inspired fable that consistently kept me interested, and in spite of some bad dialogue, ridiculous action sequences, and overly gory special effects, it had surprisingly good depth of character. Its greatest accomplishment was its ability to tell a hopeful story without having to cheat at the last second, which is more than I can say for Denzel Washington's latest movie. Keep in mind, however, that this is coming from the guy who loved the critical flop "Knowing" and hated the much praised "Babel," so maybe my priorities aren't yet straight when it comes to spiritual parables.
I knew nothing about LEGION before we started, but as I watched it, it sure felt like a Stephen King novel: a group of strangers, stranded at an isolated diner, must fight off hordes of evil. And even though it is NOT based on a King novel, I was just as completely absorbed by LEGION's story.
I took a look at what the critics on Rotten Tomatoes had to say about LEGION, and they hated it. Loathed might be a better word. And I think most of the comments are justified, although some are just snobby. Is this a perfect movie? No. Are there clichés and genre cross-overs? Yes. Did I enjoy watching it? ABSOLUTELY. LEGION is definitely one of those films where the whole is much more than the sum of its parts.
The film's setting in a desert cafe is the battleground and a small gathering joins in the battle.
Aforementioned plot holes aside, the movie uses its premise effectively with a good cast and visuals. Maybe hokey but fun!
This was an apocalyptic film. The basic premise is that God is tired of the Earth humans trashing the Earth and each other with wars, killing, etc. God calls his army of angels together, led by Archangels Gabriel and Michael, and tells them to go down to Earth and kill us all. Gabriel orders Michael to kill the unborn baby of a certain girl, because this baby represents hope to mankind. Michael is torn between God's order and Michael's own love for mankind. Although many humans are not behaving as God wants, Michael still sees a few good and loving people who will not give up. So Michael decides he will give God what He NEEDS, not what He says He WANTS. Michael descends to protect the pregnant girl and ensure the baby is born.
The story begins with Michael leaping down to earth on December 23 at about 1 a.m.. Shortly after that, he cuts off his wings, grabs a whole bunch of guns and ammo. Confronted by 2 police officers, he tells them, "It's starting. There isn't much time." After a brief negative encounter, Michael heads off in the police car, which the officers no longer need. (What the heck???)
We switch to a scene in the California desert. There is nothing around for miles except a very simplistic diner, called "Paradise Falls" owned and operated by Dennis Quaid. His son works there too, as a handyman. A young girl also works there and lives in a small trailer on the premises. She is 8 months pregnant by someone who is gone from the picture. The son is a good and simple soul who is crazy about the girl and wants to take care of her and the baby.
Slowly, a small diverse collection of people begin to make their way to the diner. As another reviewer said, it would have been nice if the movie had taken a little time to background the people. No sooner do people get in place than the sky begins to darken. Then sweet little Granny Packer comes in and turns into the terror from Hell. She tells the pregnant girl her baby will burn, sinks her pointed teeth into a customer's neck, and climbs up the wall. You cannot help but cheer as the cook bounces a frying pan off her head!
As a couple of people try to get help for the injured customer, they see thousands of flies everywhere (yuk) and cannot drive. Everyone is stuck at the diner when Michael arrives and tells them that we are "running out of time" (as if Granny Packer wasn't a clue.) He explains that the last time God lost faith in man, he sent a flood. Shortly after that, the group has to begin fighting zombie creatures that were once human, but ain't no more!
This movie is NOT for children, because of the gore and because of the message that God would send his angels to destroy humanity. Although I do not believe that my God is vengeful and I do not see my favorite angels, Gabriel and Michael, ever in this kind of role, I enjoyed the movie as pure FICTION, although I would never have written the story line this way. I guess it is an attempt to tell people to wake up and act right before you lose it all. Regardless of what you believe about God, I think almost everyone will agree that the human race is not acting in a way that ensures its continued existence.
I enjoyed the first time but would I watch it a second time? Probably not. Note: I did buy the DVD for my 37 year old son and he has watched it several times already.