Legion Review: As Cliché as Avatar, Without the Big Budget
Coming in the wake of Avatars cultural tsunami and its controversial take on among other things earth and ancestor-based spirituality, Legion is decidedly old-fashioned in its monotheistic Bible-thumping and fear-mongering.
While director Scott Stewart (who penned the script with Peter Schink) obviously cant compete with James Camerons mega-budget visuals, he does share with Cameron an affinity for cliché-addled story lines. Unbeknown to eight-months-pregnant, cigarette-smoking waitress Charlie (Adrianne Palicki), the baby shes carrying is coming to save us all. The heavily tatted, gun-toting angel Michael (Paul Bettany), drops from the heavens to act as protector, with a cavalry of demons (theyve got a secret) in fast pursuit, setting the stage for a bloody biblical showdown.
This wan rebooting of the Christ tale has decent acting, serviceable if familiar visual effects, a few jump-in-your-seat moments, and the always crowd-pleasing gimmick of a senior citizen cussing up a storm. But the down time between action scenes is deadly dull and the films 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.
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