I can’t say I’m surprised at Hollywood’s current obsession with apocalyptic movies. We are perilously close to the last date on the ancient Mayan calendar, and, many religions are braced for their particular interpretation of Divine Judgment. It’s a climate that has fantasy and action writers in a creative frenzy.
Scott Stewart’s version of the end is definitely different than the ones preached from house to house, or shouted from street corners by various evangelists. His movie “Legion” depicts a divine extermination of humankind sparked by God who is “just tired of all the BS.”
I would have been too offended to watch a movie like this a few years ago. Anything that didn’t meet the narrowly defined religious beliefs I’d adopted was taboo. More recently I’ve discovered my own creativity is stimulated as I expand the boundaries of what I allow myself to be exposed to without judgment. Still, I understand this approach to life is not for everyone, and I respect those who choose not to venture beyond the safety of their own beliefs.
In the movie, the archangel Michael is on a mission to save humanity. He disobeys the command from God to destroy mankind. After graphically discarding his wings he stocks up on an arsenal of weapons, and sets out to protect the unborn child that is mans only hope. The other angels are dutifully about their job, possessing the bodies of the weakest humans, and then killing off the rest.
Most of the movie takes place in the California desert at a remote diner called “Paradise Falls”. That’s where the pregnant waitress, Charlie, and Jeep the young man who loves her (not the baby’s daddy) works. There’s an assortment of other people at the diner, including Jeep’s Dad (Dennis Quaid), and the cook Percy played by Charles Dutton. But, once the killing starts most of the other characters aren’t around long enough to mention.
Michael (Paul Bettany) arrives not long after the group manages to kill a demonic Granny who climbs on the ceiling and wreaks general havoc for the frightened customers. The angel explains more possessed hordes will come, because God has sent his angels to kill off all humans, and that he is there to protect Charlie’s baby which will save the world of mankind. The confused cook Percy who apparently never heard that version of the Apocalypse tells Michael in his “book” “the angels are the good guys. Michael responds “Well, the truth I’m afraid is never that simple.”
Unlike most of the movie that part stuck in my mind. I guess because I really think it’s true. After spending so much of my life trying to conveniently label everything good or bad, black or white, right or wrong I’m now seeing more shades of grey. Oddly, life now seems more colorful. Oh well, I digress.
I did enjoy Bettany as a buff archangel. One of his fight scenes with another angel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) was also interesting. Clearly, the wingless Michael found himself at a disadvantage. My only complaint is that the action movie could have used a few more action scenes.
Before Michael’s rebellion from heaven, Gabriel warns him of the consequences of disobeying God’s orders. He tells Michael, “If you defy him, you’ll anger him for the last time.” Michael who hasn’t lost faith in mankind responds, “Only if I fail.” I guess he knows everyone loves a winner.