The above sentence was to be my mini-review in its entirety, but I suppose I owe you all more than that.
Legion was simply lame. It could have been so much more interesting, but the premise itself was fundamentally flawed. Apparently God loses faith in humans and sends his angels to possess and kill everyone in horrific, creepy, demonic ways. And Michael, the archangel himself, defies God’s orders to kill the unborn child who will be the savior of humanity, out of sheer pettiness or whatever. It’s a mess. The plot holes were a mile wide on this one. I can usually overlook blasphemy and messy plotlines if the story is engaging enough and the graphics look great on my 52″ LCD HD, but Legion was just really, really bad. Gabriel’s trumpet was badass, however, but even a badass trumpet does not make up for an empty, disjointed, pointless story.
Michael tells the humans to have faith, but, as I asked Mr. HG, in what? A God who wants to kill you because he’s bored with you? In each other? I mean, having faith in humanity is laughable. We’re a bunch of monkeys with guns, apparently. Have faith in a deviant angel? Well, we’ve been down that road before.
When Michael was giving one of his little speeches about how much more empathetic and faithful he was than the Big Guy, I kept hoping that Peter Stormare’s Satan from the overlooked Constantine would show up and teach him a thing or two about rebellion. I like my angelic rebellion to be interesting and slightly greasy, a fallen angel with style and tongue planted firmly in cheek. None of this emo, “I hate because I love too much” crap.
Ultimately, I think that the writers were trying to convey their utter contempt for “religion” and their belief that the only hope in this world lies in humanity. A sad and lonely concept, that. We muck up everything we touch. Including big budget supernatural action films.
If you must see some good angel/devil action, rent The Prophecy or Constantine, two of my very favorite films of the genre. There’s also Wings of Desire, but that’s not exactly in the same category. I like it, though Faraway, So Close! was a big disappointment.
There. Promise kept.