Legion can be described as Terminator with angels. It seems as if God has been pissed off with humans, sure took him long enough, and decided it was time for our extinction. Rather than using His divine powers to simply end life with the snap of a finger he has his angels possess humans and wipe us out one by one. Why rush things eh? One angel, Michael, rebels and just to keep things on a small scale the whole outcome of the apocalypse revolves around a diner in the middle of the desert. The name of the diner is Paradise Falls so there, if that wasn’t an omen, I don’t know what is. So here’s this diner filled with a couple of people who work there and guests who are there by coincidence and they have to fight off possessed people with the aid of Michael.
Though Legion is pretty biblical in its set-up the execution is not. Of course Michael and his nemesis Gabriel find their roots directly from the source material that is the Bible, but the angels in this movie have metallic wings that can reflect bullets and the possessed people reminded me of movies like The Exorcist. There is a pregnant woman in the diner whose baby is of some importance, if he dies all hope is lost Michael notes on more than one occasion. Compared to Twilight Legion is much more blunt in using religious themes. Sadly the movie is so small scale that it’s hard to believe that the fate of the world lies in the hands of Dennis Quaid and a rogue angel. Peter Jackson could have made a three hour epic about the apocalypse.
Legion does have some positive points to be mentioned. Some of the possessed are pretty cool, most notably the old lady and the ice cream man, so are the metal wings of Gabriel. There is a relative talented cast consisting of the aforementioned Dennis Quaid, but also Chales S. Dutton is here. Other familiar names include Paul Bettany, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Durand and Kate Walsh. But Legion lacks a soul and decent pacing, making it a disappointing movie compared to the cool synopsis.