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LEGION

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  100 minutes, three making-of featurettes, trailers

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, French, English SDH

 

STUDIO:  SPHE/ Screen Gems/ Bold Films

RELEASE DATE:  5-11-2010

Archangel Michael falls to Earth to save a waitress and her unborn child from a legion of angels intent on destroying humanity.  God has lost faith in humanity and Michael hasn’t lost faith in them.   The battle is set at a diner in the middle of nowhere desert.   Jeep loves the waitress while his father wants Jeep not to make the same mistakes that he did.  A married couple and their teenager daughter are also at the diner as they wait for their car to be fixed.   Soon all hell breaks loose as the people working at the diner and the customers have to survive the angels who can possess the bodies of the weak minded.

 

LEGION is an entertaining action film with emotional resonance.   The scene between Jeep (Lucas Black) and the Archangel Michael(Paul Bettany) has to be my favorite as Michael says he had faith in humans due to Jeep wanting to protect a woman who may never love him (and being lost on the way to being found).    Bettany and Black are the standout actors in this film in addition to Willa Holland doing all she can with what little she was given for the role of a sexy teenager.   The trailer did make the movie just feel like a dime-a-dozen horror film.   However, I’m glad I checked the film out on DVD and the trailer misrepresented the film.   It’s the emotional moments between the characters that save LEGION from just being another genre action film with I know that actor and this actor.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

CREATING THE APOCALYPSE- a look at the making of all of the physical effects in the film from prosthetics to stunts to car stunts

HUMANITY’S LAST LINE OF DEFENSE-   the cast and crew talk about the actors and the characters they play.

FROM PIXELS TO PICTURE- a look at the visual effects of LEGION

 

Rounding out extras are previews for other Sony titles including A PROPHET and HARRY BROWN.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   LEGION is better than what the trailers let on about the film.   It makes for a decent rental at least.

 

This DVD review is 5-15-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com