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Legion (2010/Sony DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C



The Horror genre is the most abused around, but some people are trying to get back to the roots of its suspense and it is so bad, even a failure like Scott Stewart’s Legion (2010) has some good moments, an actual understanding of the genre and even signs of a love of film; something 99% of Horror filmmakers and other hacks do not.  This tale where angels are devils stars Paul Bettany as Michael, an angel with a secret racing to save a group of people who are about to be trapped at an isolated diner in the desert.


Turns out some evil spirits are possessing human bodies to do their attacking, killing and voicing of cryptic messages and only Michael knows they are building an army to attack.  Besides some good surprises (which the film needed much more of), the cast including Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black, Jon Tenney, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Tyrese Gibson and Kevin Durand among others works well.  However, there are other problems.


Besides being too talky, it looks too much like a James Cameron film and never explains its alternate idea of the otherworld to us in enough detail at times, so we are left to fill in whatever writers Scott Stewart and Peter Schink were trying to convey.  Still, you could do worse, so fans of the genre at least will want to see it once.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was shot in the Super 35mm format and when you add the digital video effects, you get softness issues throughout and phony color to go with it.  Some shots to look good and others are very smart, but I would like to see the Blu-ray or a 35mm film print to compare as there seems to be more here than we can see in this format.  This is Director of Photography John Lindley’s best work since Pleasantville back in 1998.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is better with a good soundfield and some interesting sound effects, though not as impressive as the recent The New Daughter, with John Frizzell delivers one of his better scores.  Extras include a Behind The Scenes featurette and trailer.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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