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    February 3, 2010

    MOVIE REVIEW: LEGION

    LEGION (English/18PL)
    Genre: Action/Thriller
    Release Date: 21 January 2010
    Distributor: Sony Pictures (screen Gems)
    Running Time: 100 mins.
    Director: Scott Stewart
    Producers: David lancaster, Michel Litvak
    Writer: Peter Schink, Scott Stewart
    Casts: Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Kate Walsh, Dennis Quaid
    Plot: After terrifying biblical apocalypse descends upon the world, a group of strangers stranded in a remote truck stop diner in the Southwest unwittingly become humanity's last line of defence.



    THE VERDICT

    When God loses faith in humanity, He send flood to the Earth. But in the latest model, God and angels look so much deviated from the norm we always knew of. The angels, suited in black armored dress code, with paladin wings that act like an armor and they have weapons does not sounds like something we are familiar off. Welcome to Legion because there is nothing you have known will be portrayed here.
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    Two days before Christmas, a restaurant becomes the last station for a group of strangers. It happens following an apocalypse when God decided to exterminate the human being because of their bad virtues. However, Angel Michael (Paul Bettany) defied the orders of God to help the human by coming to the Earth to protect Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) whom is eight month pregnant and her child is the only saviour for humanity.


    For Christianity, this movie goes the opposite road. It can be labelled as a total anti-Christ movie but looking at the bright side, this is a fantasy feature that take things over as a fiction, merely fiction I repeated. The problem about this movie is that the writers are trying to embody a huge complex backbone story. Apocalypse, faith to God and human survivor; the three themes that transformed into a heavy movie to be accepted. At times, the movie lost its focus on what the anchor story supposed to be. It is very obvious that no one will really understand what the movie is trying to execute here in the beginning.

    The pace of the movie is so slow and the explanation only occurred on the final twenty minutes. You can expect a lot of action and punch-thrilling on the first hour. The dark vibes were heavy throughout the movie but the actions and thrills were completely halted midway of the movie. Not so much of an action but the film decided to go more into talking and words exchange that does not served any answer to what intriguing the audience earlier.

    The ensemble casts are powerful although they are more like a B-class casts. With such a prolific casts, led by Paul Bettany, the acting does not disappointing at all. They have their share of moments of character development and the history behind them prior the gathering at the restaurant. The other cast includes Adrianne Palicki, Lucas Black. Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson and Kate Walsh.

    I would have to say the studio did a decent moderate job in terms of the visual effects and the cinematographic play. It made the movie a playable one and convincing. However, the whole mood of the movie was dampened so much because of its confusing plot, sloppy pace and over-dialog. Be ready to get confused!!


    THE RATING:
    Story - 2.5 stars
    Casts - 3.0 stars
    Cinematography - 3.0 stars
    Effects - 3.5 stars
    OVERALL - 2.5 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 10.7





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