With the passing of May 21st, 2011, Baltimore’s residents are still carrying on with their daily lives. The idea of the coming of the rapture has dwindled, much like the apocalyptic film, Legion. Scott Charles Stewart directs this film and decided not to allow critics to view this film until opening day. The reasoning behind this becomes very clear as soon as you watch it. Legion is probably one of the worst apocalyptic films to date. The story is an old one from the Bible. God is angry at mankind and decides to wipe them out, but this time he uses zombie like minions instead of an epic flood. Paul Bettany plays Michael; the rebellious angel who believes mankind’s only hope for survival rests in the womb of Charlie, played by Adrianne Palicki. The unborn child is believed to be the new messiah so Michael joins forces with a group of strangers at the isolated diner Charlie is a waitress for. Some of the people who make up this group are Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, and Baltimore’s own Charles S. Dutton. The rest of the movie consists of the battles taking place at the diner which quickly begin to decrease any hope for mankind.
The atmosphere is supposed to be dark and dramatic, much like anyone would think the end of days would be. It is not. The setting comes across as unbelievable and comical due to several overly dramatic scenarios. Though it may not seem possible, the acting is worse. The ridiculous lines, over played emotions, and the complete acceptance of Michael’s theories leads the viewers to believe the entire film was shot in one take. Some say the atmosphere and poor acting were merely a comic relief or ease of tension from the severity of the main plot of this movie. In its defense, most zombie movies do need a few humorous points in order to let the audience accept the highly unbelievable scenario. However, in order to deliver a good apocalyptic film, realism has to be the main priority. So ultimately, Legion, could have incorporated both aspects, and still held its own. Instead it seems the focus was aimed towards the ridiculous for the majority of this movie. The gore is okay, which is unfortunate because it had some promise. Not many movies highlight a demonic grandma climbing walls and biting throats. But then again, not many zombie films have as little gore as Legion did. If you are looking for the perfect background movie, or of what not to do while making a horror film, it is worth a look. If you are expecting anything at all from this film, you should look elsewhere.