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Legion Review: The World Is Ending… Again. January 26, 2010

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In my 2010s most anticipated, I stated that Legion has badass written all over it. Based on the trailer, it looked, to put it simply, ridiculously awesome. Well I saw it the past weekend and: ridiculous? Yes. Awesome? Eh…

The story is ultimately a combination of elements from The Terminator and Night of the Living Dead. God loses faith in humanity and sends an army of angels to possess humans and eradicate the human race… or something. However, one angel (Paul Bettany) goes rouge and helps a group stranded in an abandoned diner, one person in said group is bearing the child who will grow to become the savior of the human race (aka John Connor).

The main problem with this film is that it suffers from ever so relevant problem of revealing too much in trailers and commercials. You know how awesome the Ice Cream Man looked? (SPOILER ALERT) Well, he’s there for like less than a minute and then dies. He doesn’t even die in an awesome way. And I was convinced that he was at least going to pop out of nowhere but no. It really is a shame that they used all the money shots for the epic trailer and didn’t really give more to offer in the actual film.

Another problem (and probably the biggest problem) is the pacing. There is way to much dialog throughout the film, especially in the beginning and I was waiting impatiently for the action to set sail. I mean let’s face it, no one is seeing this movie for the character development or the dramatic narrative. It wouldn’t hurt to have either of those things but none of the characters are really that dimensional: there’s the religious one, the non-religious one, the one who wants to prove himself to his father, the teenage girl, the overprotective bipolar mother etc. Cliched character archetypes aren’t exactly a horrible thing in a movie like this but if you’re spending most of the time with the characters instead of the action, it would be nice to flesh out their personalities a little more.

But it’s not all bad here. Let’s be honest, no one expected this to be something to take seriously. And if you have that in mind while watching, you’ll probably have a blast. It’s well directed, particularly during some of the fight scenes, and at times it can be so ridiculous that you can’t help but be entertained. There’s plot holes, there’s cheesy acting (especially when Dennis Quade enters the fray) but some of the action is pretty damn entertaining and depending on your tolerance of the flaws, you might really dig this movie regardless of its issues. Frankly, if there weren’t so many problems with it, I’d say this has potential of being a fantastic franchise. But until now, be cautious. It’s not an abysmal action flick that feels unfinished like Babylon AD or even Xmen Origins: Wolverine but at the same time it’s disappointing that there’s some greatness in here that’s overshadowed by a ton of mediocrity. If you were interested in seeing it, you can check it out; you’ll probably get a kick or laugh out of it, heck you might even enjoy the film. Just remember, a great trailer doesn’t always mean a great movie.

 

2010’s Most Anticipated Films: Part One January 9, 2010

Another year, another flock of movies that may or may not be considered classics. The following list of films are movies that have intrigued me. Will they be good? Well only time can tell but nevertheless, I have my eye on these movies. This is part 1 of a two part blog. In this segment, we will be talking about the anticipated movies from January to June.

Youth In Revolt


I’m a fan of Michael Cera, mainly cause I can relate to him and his awkward sense of humor. And while some might brush this one off due to their belief that he basically plays the same role in every movie, this one is a little different. In Youth In Revolt Cera’s character creates a bad boy alter-ego to win the heart of his love interest. As one would expect, chaos ensues. All this plus an eclectic cast featuring Justin Long and Zack Galafinakis (does anyone know how to spell his name?) and you have what might be a great way to kick off the new year. In theaters: January 8

Legion


How many horror action films can you think off that deal with a religious based apocalypse? Now how many of those aren’t horrible or starring Kirk Cameron? In Legion, God loses faith in humanity and sends an army of angels to eradicate the human race. That is until a fallen angel is bent on saving humanity by finding the woman who is pregnant with “the savior”. Yeah. And I didn’t even mention the crazy old lady who tells said pregnant woman that “her f***ing baby’s gonna burn” and then turning into a possessed demon/angel thing… or something. Oh and there’s another crazy demon/angel thing that drives an ice cream truck and crawls on all fours. This will kick ass. In Theaters: January 22

Valentine’s Day


With intertwining plots and an insanely huge ensemble cast this has potential of being a spiritual successor of sorts to Love, Actually (one of my favorite films). Whether it lives up to that promise or not, one can be sure that this will do very very well at the box office due to the variety of stars that will appeal to pretty much every age group. In Theaters: February 12th

Shutter Island


Okay. So the recent delay may have prevented it from prevailing the 09 Oscar season but I doubt that that will stop a Scorsese directed, DiCaprio starred thriller. Having to solve the mystery of the disappearing of psychotic killer seems like the kind of premise Scorsese would be perfect to work with. And honestly, is there any setting more terrifying for a crime thriller than a mental institution? Perhaps Shutter Island will prove that the months of January and February aren’t always dumping ground for mediocre projects. In Theaters: February 19th

Alice In Wonderland


Tim Burton isn’t exactly the best at remaking previous works *cough cough* Planet of the Apes *cough cough* however Tim Burton, the guy behind God knows how many imaginatively eerie works, doing a re-imagination/sequel of Alice in Wonderland just feels right. And sure he’s using Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter… again but with appearances by Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee and Crispin Glover sound really really promising. Not to mention, this will most likely be to die for in Digital 3D. In Theaters: March 5

Hot Tub Time Machine

Here’s the lowdown: John Cusack, Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Clark Duke (Sex Drive, Greek) and Craig Robinson (The Office, Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make A Porno) time-travel to the 80s through a hot tub. It also features appearances by Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover. The last time traveling movie Crispin Glover was in was a very little-known movie called Back to the Future. Not to mention, it’s directed by Steve Pink who previously worked with Cusack on High Fidelity and Grosse Point Blank. Although it has to compete with pre-summer blockbusters like Clash of the Titans and How to Train Your Dragon, with the right marketing behind it, it might be one of the biggest comedies of the spring. In Theaters: March 26th

Kick-Ass


You don’t have to wait till may for a superhero movie. Matthew Vaughn, director of Stardust, just adapted the graphic novel Kick-Ass. Doesn’t sound familiar? Well it’s written by Mark Millar, the same guy who wrote¬†Wanted and the renowned Marvel Civil War story arc. While I never read Kick-Ass, I’ve heard the story is over-the-top, eccentric, outrageously violent and takes place in the “real world”, so expect all of that in the movie as well. The movie stars (500) Days of Summer’s Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Cage and McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. There’s a very good chance this unconventional superhero movie will well…

Iron Man 2


Two words: War. Machine. In Theaters: May 7

Robin Hood


Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott return for the first time since Gladiator and will concentrate on the more action oriented mythology of the famed “steal from the rich, give to the poor” hero. This has potential of being action-packed, epic and a fantastic way to start the summer season along with Iron Man 2. All this and I’m a huge Robin Hood fan: from his unconventional sense of morality, to the Disney animated film to the fact that whenever I play a role playing game I always create a character similar to Robin Hood (I’m not that much of a geek I swear). In Theaters: May 14

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


Hoping to be Disney’s next mature franchise, in the same vein as Pirates of the Caribbean, this is a video game adaptation and probably the first one that will do it right with Jerry Bruckenheimer and Harry Potter director Mike Newell at its side. The trailer has scorching eye-candy and Jake Gyllenhaal showing his potential as an action star. Even if this movie is necessarily good, it has potential of being a commercial success. And with Bruckenheimer’s history of hitting or missing. Let’s hope this is more Curse of the Black Pearl and less National Treasure. In Theaters: May 28

The A-Team


The cult 80s action show is getting a modern day reboot through film with a great cast and crew behind it. It’s starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley of District 9 fame. It’s also produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott and directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin Aces). With such great names behind it, there’s a great chance it could be one of the biggest action films of the summer season. In Theaters: June 11th

Get Him to the Greek


The only Apatow-produced film this summer, follows Aldous Snow (aka Russell Brand), the obnoxious yet lovably hilarious rock star from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Jonah Hill plays a music industry intern who must escort Snow to the Greek Theater in LA. A crazy road trip is probably in order. Be sure to expect cameos from Diddy, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera and Dee Snider and more hilarious original songs like in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Hopefully, this will redeem the Apatow after the commercially disappointing results of his 09 projects. In Theaters: June 11th.

Toy Story 3

It’s been hinted at for years but after a decade of anticipation, the third installment of Toy Story will hit theaters. And we all unfortunately expected that Andy will eventually grow up and leave his toys. In the third movie, Andy goes to college and the toys are sent to day care. Ultimately, the story can go many different ways and after the masterpieces that were Wall-E and Up, anything can happen, even if it means branching into more serious territory. Not to mention, it will probably be to die for in Disney Digital 3D.


 

This. Looks. Awesome: Legion August 12, 2009

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Angels kicking ass. An old lady dropping F-bombs and biting some dude in the neck. Tyrese Gibson. I don’t care if it’s coming out in January (the dumping ground month for movies) this still looks BA to the max.

Legion will be in theaters January 22, 2010 and has angels blowing stuff up and killing people. Need I say more?

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