There was series of extremely well made “direct to video” movies called The Prophecy where Christopher Walken plays the arch-angel Gabriel who comes to Earth to collect a certain soul that is key to a war in heaven.
The movie was quite good and definitely a gem to seek out on DVD. At least four sequels followed and all were kind of hit and miss.
LEGION reminds me a lot of those movies unfortunately it is about as good as one of the Prophecy sequels.
The movie follows the angel Michael (Paul Bettany) as he comes to Earth after God has given up on Man and wants to destroy him. Michael believes that the unborn child of a diner waitress (Adrianne Palicki) is the key to man’s survival. Michael helps the people in the diner fight back the demons, archangels and psychotic ice cream men sent to kill the child.
For a schlock-horror-action film like this the filmmakers have assembled quite the cast. The cast besides Bettany and Palicki include Lucas Black (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift), Tyrese Gibson (Flight of the Phoenix), Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), Jon Tenney (The Closer), Charles S Dutton (Alien 3), Willa Holland (Gossip Girl) and of all people veteran actor Dennis Quaid.
Most of the great ensemble cast is wasted but still is amazing to see all these faces in a basically “who will survive” blood-bathed horror flick.
The biggest wastes are big stars like Bettany and Quaid. Bettany throughout the movie looks like somebody just slept with his wife and now he wants to kill them. But it’s just schtick. The man is great and this is sad to see. Quaid is an actor who has made a career out of playing the everyman and here well he is a diner owner who is in way over his head. What is he doing in a movie like this? Does he owe his bookie money?
I think I may one of the few who actually likes Lucas Black as a leading man. I know he has no range of emotion in his acting and no matter how hard he tries can never hide his thick Southern accent. But the guy is vulnerable and screams everyman so there is something to cheer about when it comes to him.
LEGION is what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. As each star meets a grueling death the movie falls apart and concludes with one of the most laughable conclusions I have seen in recent memory.
Personally if it were me, I’d be looking for Prophecy at the videostore than this flick. God, I wish this flick could have been good!
1 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer