Legion (2010)



Critic Consensus: 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
R (for strong bloody violence, and language)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Paul Bettany
as Michael
Lucas Black
as Jeep Hanson
Tyrese Gibson
as Kyle Williams
Charles S. Dutton
as Percy Walker
Jon Tenney
as Howard Anderson
Kevin Durand
as Gabriel
Willa Holland
as Audrey Anderson
Kate Walsh
as Sandra Anderson
Dennis Quaid
as Bob Hanson
Jeanette Miller
as Gladys Foster
Cameron Harlow
as Minivan Boy
Doug Jones
as Ice Cream Man
Josh Stamberg
as Burton
Yancey Arias
as Estevez
Danielle Lozeau
as Teenage Girl
Luce Rains
as Raggedy Man
Bryan Chapman
as Football Player
Denny Pierce
as Minivan Dad
Kaye Wade
as Elderly Woman
Chuck Hicks
as Elderly Man
Stephen Oyoung
as Warehouse Guard
Tyra Danielle
as Woman With Presents
Django Marsh
as Minivan Boy
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Critic Reviews for Legion

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (14)

Celestial tosh of less than Biblical proportions.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

[A] mediocre picture.

February 1, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

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

February 1, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2010
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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2010
Chicago Reader
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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… | January 22, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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