Last week I went to Sony Studios for a set visit on Priest. While I’m embargoed from saying anything on that film, while I was there, we were shown around 20 minutes from Screen Gems upcoming Legion, and we were also provided a number of new images from the film.
If you’re not familiar with Legion, it’s a supernatural action thriller where an out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity’s only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany). Legion also stars Dennis Quaid, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton and Willa Holland.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on the footage and the images:
The first thing to know is we watched footage from the entire movie. Some scenes were brief, others extended. We were given a taste of the film and what director Scott Stewart is going for.
Overall, while I wasn’t impressed with the footage I’d previously seen, the twenty minutes were better than I expected. We saw a few scenes featuring some great effects, and a few scenes that used the shadows and off camera tricks to get the job done. From what I could gather, the film had a very limited budget, but that didn’t stop some of the scenes from looking great. One particular scene featured Doug Jones as a demonic ice cream man, and the effects in that scene were awesome.
Since many people don’t want a movie ruined by me telling you exactly what happened in each scene, here’s a relatively spoiler free version.
We started off by watching the opening credits and soon after Paul Bettany cuts off his wings and a metal bracelet falls off. It’s clear this is him joining the battle on the human side.
We then jump to a scene of Bettany stealing a bunch of guns and after he leaves the store, he encounters a few cops who become possessed. I couldn’t help but feel this scene seemed straight out of Constantine.
And that’s something about this movie worth noting. Many scenes or ideas seem like they were lifted from previous films. Not only did I notice Constantine, but I saw stuff from Jacob’s Ladder and The Mist. I’m not knocking taking stuff from other films that I love, but you should know that going in.
The next scene takes place in Paradise Falls at a diner. Inside we meet many characters and each one is written to be a certain archetype. You’ve got the believer, the naysayer, the not sure, etc…
It’s at this location that a lot of the movie takes place. According to the director, the movie is a slow burn. For some people that might be a problem, but we saw a sequence involving an old woman named Gladys that really surprised me. I’d love to write about it…but it would spoil something great….
After the Gladys scene, we saw a few sequences that were called “The First Plague”, “Michael”, “The Ice Cream Man”, “Answers”, and “Faith”. Each sequence lasted from 30 seconds to a few minutes and we learned a lot of the film is about a pregnant woman and her baby.
While it’s hard to say if this film is going to be a winner based on the limited amount of footage I saw, if they had offered to show us the full movie, I would have stayed to watch it. To me that’s a sign of something that works.