A messenger of the Almighty is coming to announce the
end of days on earth on DVD and guess what, he's British
and possibly an obstetrician. And packing crates full of
Uzis. Which makes this supernatural thriller quite a blast
as a dark comedy, but as horror, not so much
Part theological terrorism and part revenge of the
rednecks, Legion finds rebel angel Michael (Paul Bettany
doing Darwin and a Dirty Harry assistant deity simultaneously
at plexes across the nation right now) descending into LA
just before Christmas Day, covered in tattooes and on a
mission to save humankind from God's wrath. Well actually,
one human, a California desert waitress (Adrianne Palicki)
at a truckstop called Paradise Falls, where it's not uncommon
to serve bloody steak with flies, and who is about to give
birth to somebody or other's love child. And if you have
no idea where this movie is going by now, then bets are
on that you never heard of Santa Claus either.
Meanwhile, possessed motorists with potty mouths keep
turning up for a little home invasion of the premises, walking
on ceilings and biting people when not causing the one armed
cook (Charles S. Dutton) to scream for his bible. And it's
all because God has become fed up with the wicked ways of
humans, and is issuing vacate orders for everybody on the
planet. But running interference is his defector angel Michael,
who's more of a give them second chance kinda guy, while
holed up with assorted panicked humans, including grouchy
diner boss Bob (Dennis Quaid).
More often than not sensitive male thespian Bettany
isn't half bad getting in touch here with his macho side
in this 'if you can't join 'em beat 'em' born again bad
guys doomsday thriller. And while fairly adamant as a parental
rights advocate, even when facing down what seems like an
entire population of pro-abortion busybodies in his midst.
Legion is packed with spooky surreal ambiance, courtesy
of visual effects maven Scott Stewart (Iron Man, You Don't
Mess With The Zohan) turned director, who maybe should have
stayed that way. Though faith based spiritual shoot 'em
ups of biblical proportions with god guns, and angel wings
as weapons of mass destruction inducing at times otherwordly
wardrobe malfunctions, border on silly beyond secular belief
small screen sermon madness.
DVD Features: Featurettes: Creating the Apocalypse;
Humanity's Last Line of Defense; From Pixels to Picture.
Blu-ray Extras: Bringing Angels To Earth: Picture-in-Picture;
movieIQ+sync and BD-Live connect you to real-time information
on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie;
A Digital Copy of the film (for PC, PSP®, Mac or iPod®).