‘Angels with machine guns!’…that is how co-writer/director Scott Steward describes the film Legion. And that is how the film has been approached by critics. According to various sources the film could provide what was asked for…but instead of a band of angels with machine guns you find one angel with a machine gun in a war that determines the fate of mankind. Actually the movie should have been a matter of a few seconds, but somehow it managed to drag and last 100 minutes.
One would find the film a little funny with absurd ideas and plot premises, but filmmakers know how to present them and keep the audience glued to their seats for that time period plus and asking for more. The featured length movie ‘Legion’ at 2nd position at the box office chart for its first week is about God’s lost faith in humanity. That actually takes place in the middle of nowhere and God sends the Archangel Michael (played by Paul Bettany) to kill the baby that is destined to save mankind otherwise. But Michael disobeys and decides to protect the baby instead and declares that he is giving God what he needs and not what he had asked for. And for his disobedience, God sends his armies of angels to fight this one man army and complete the task which Michael won’t let happen.
The occupants of the diner include Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Tyrese Gibson, Kate Walsh, Lucas Black, Adrianne Palicki and Willa Holland. Bettany is getting loads of credit for the role though his choice of signing films is known to all. This is his first movie role with an action stud plot. Stewart also took the risk of co-writing the film with Peter Schink who has the writing credit of "Gotham Cafe" an adaptation of a Stephen King novel.
Stewart is known as the visual effect master of Hollywood and he has worked in some previous movies like the The Orphanage, Iron Man, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Thus as expected his director debut would be full of enthralling visual effects that would make the movie more like a video game. But the audience have no qualms as long as he entertains them with his ideas.
Overall it is a good movie but it could have been a better piece of work had the plot been a little more closely knit with a bit more flow.
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