Directed By: Scott Stewart
Written By: Peter Schink and Scott Stewart
Staring: Lucas Black, Paul Bettany, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton, Kevin Durand, Jon Tenney, Willa Holland, Kate Walsh, and Dennis Quaid
I knew He’d send you, Gabriel. You were always so eager to please Him. -Michael
The trailer for this film had me moderately interested but admittedly I assumed it would be one of those movies that would be just crap, and I was very wrong. Legion was tense, had genuine moments of fear, good enough acting for it to be believable, and well done fear mongering. I’m not going to say this film will ever be a classic, but going in with essentially no expectations and receiving what was a very well paced and simple horror flick was enough for me to be happily sustained as a viewer.
The genius of the actual fear in Legion is started with characters that would normally be easy victims, not the predators. We are manipulated with an elderly woman, and even a child as tools for scaring. Using this unlikely technique actually plays in Legions favor, instead of becoming another typical and forgetful horror movie, it gets our attention, keeps it, and makes us remember it, if for nothing else those moments.
Legion wasn’t without it’s hiccups. There were plenty of areas where the film wasn’t successful. It becomes a source of annoyance as to why this particular baby is so important and there is no real explanation. I’m not asking for Shakespeare, but throw me a bone. The dialogue wasn’t particularly noteworthy, even though the pacing built up the tension and fear really well, it wasn’t properly balanced with characters. Even the acting that sold the melodramatic reactions to what was happening lacked. In particularly Lucas Black, Dennis Quaid, and Adrianne Palicki were incredibly awkward. If not for Paul Bettany, Tyrese, and Charles S. Dutton’s charismatic, but also smartly acted roles all could have been lost. In the end it is Bettany who really makes this movie worth watching.
The first half of the film is eerie, definitely exuding the creepage, but after awhile it turns from the subtle and smart scares and goes for the more obvious. The possessed humans suddenly feel more like zombies and the film turns more action. The action is fun, and but with the initial creepy and violent moments I expected more brutal carnage. Blood and gore were remarkably absent and replaced with gun toting violence and some fight scenes.
Legion is a one note trick pony, but entertaining enough to forgive all the whoopsies it makes along the way. I’m happy I didn’t spend the big cash at the theatre, but it was a worthy rental. Paul Bettany shows he can do some action work and sell it. He’s not Jason Statum, but a worthy option for future action movies. For a light scare and not much more Legion is worth your time.
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