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Legion (2010)

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20

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 81

Despite a solid cast and intermittent thrills, Legion suffers from a curiously languid pace, confused plot, and an excess of dialogue.

29

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 10

Despite a solid cast and intermittent thrills, Legion suffers from a curiously languid pace, confused plot, and an excess of dialogue.

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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 race 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

May 11, 2010

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All Critics (101) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (81) | DVD (7)

Celestial tosh of less than Biblical proportions.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[A] mediocre picture.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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There's a lot going on, a lot of theology, a lot of bad horror movie effects.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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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 terrifying than anything else served up.

January 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This feature debut by writer-director Scott Stewart may sound like an enjoyably goofy theo-horror romp, but it's a serious penance.

January 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Often resembles a prime John Carpenter thriller -- call it Assault on Manger 13 -- until an overcaffeinated angel-fu climax significantly lowers the intelligence quotient.

January 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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An utterly ludicrous entry in the biblical-horror subgenre.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Why spend your money watching an extended trailer?

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

I really enjoyed this stupid movie.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Heaven help these fallen angels.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

A bold faced rip off of the "Terminator" films...

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A few minutes shorter, and an ending that doesn't outright quote the beginning of the movie, and we might have had something here.

December 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

...a disappointingly uneven and thoroughly pointless horror effort...

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

"It's a labored, darkly photographed, cringingly acted hodgepodge of fanciful geek-bait genre ideas and hideous connect-the-dots scripting. Who knew the end of the world could be such a screaming bore."

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Inane dialogue, a bad, derivative storyline and evil angels make up this overblown, poor-man's would-be Terminator in which an exploding upside-down crucified man is one of the low points. Just when you think the film couldn't get any worse, it does.

May 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's up to the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany) to save the human race - or at least the denizens of a desert diner - after a disappointed God loses his temper and sets off the Apocalypse.

May 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comments (2)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

While entertaining--and you do get the Angel Explodo--it does stretch its silliness factor just a bit much.

April 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

Ah well. At least we know Paul Bettany's mortgage is covered.

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World | Comments (2)
News of the World

Strangers thrown together by fate are trapped inside an isolated diner as zombies converge outside %u2014 an army sent by God to clean out humankind.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine | Comments (6)
Moving Pictures Magazine

Oh, what a wacky bunch of stereotypes in this diner! There's a rich guy, a black person and even Dennis Quaid!

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Weekly

In the end, you're left wondering why the Almighty has so much trouble disposing of a small group hiding out in a diner and why Paul Bettany signed up for such a pointless venture in the first place.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Legion has the audacity to set itself up for sequels without giving the audience enough compelling reason to care about this first installment.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Could have been T2 with seraphs, or Assault On Precinct 13 crossed with Revelations. Instead, it's a lazy genre bore. Doesn't bode well for Priest, the next Stewart/Bettany film in the pipeline.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The sort of confused mess liable to provoke an apocalyptic cull of humanity by any rational supreme being with an interest in cinema.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Bettany's job: rescuing the modern Mary, a skanky waitress, and saving her unborn child. Our job: holding back the laughter.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

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September 28, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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 characters 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.
January 9, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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 his 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.
May 30, 2012
ironclad1609

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    1. 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."
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. 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.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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