Sunday, October 24, 2010

Legion

Had a movie night last night with the missus. Her choice of film was Legion, which was one of several biblical themed movies that came out earlier in the year. This one was a siege type movie where a group of people are trapped in a remote truck stop where they are under siege by some evil force while an ex-angel gives them the key to surviving what might just be the apocalypse.

I didn't know too much about this movie going in and it had suffered from some bad reviews so far. It was an entertaining enough affair. Not the best movie of the year by a long shot but it starts firing on all cylinders early and keeps you moving right until the very end. The whole people under siege by evil routine is always a fun one, from NOTLD, to Precinct 13, to a ton of others, it is always a plot I enjoy and this one does it well.

The cast is well acted, with Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid leading the pack with support from Roc and some chick from Private Practice. They do what they can with the material and we're treated to some pretty gruesome deaths along the way, which is never a bad thing in my book. Bettany in particular is quite the bad ass in this film, liberating a bunch of automatic weapons early on that are put to good use in ventilating their enemies. A couple of the characters fall for some stupid crap or act stupidly in the movie, and I'm always annoyed that the sensible people don't just let them die for being dumbasses. It doesn't happen too many times though and it doesn't seem as bad as the chick going to rescue the dog in the Dawn of the Dead remake, so I'll give them a pass.

Good popcorn flick, easy on the eyes with nothing heavy to think about, save why they use the same damn quote from a character to open and close the film. They would have been better off starting it in the beginning and then finishing it at the end, since it's got a punchline that is wasted right off the bat. Oh well. Decent enough.

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