It wouldn’t be fair to say that I had the highest of hopes for Legion, but I did expect it to deliver in the same way that I expect other epic blockbusters to deliver. There’s just something to be said about movies featuring angels, demons, and battles of monumental proportions.
Unfortunately, this movie falls well short of expectations. In case you’re not as familiar, the premise behind Legion is thus: God has lost faith in man and wants to wipe the slate clean. He’s sending an army of angels to kill mankind, but the Archangel Michael disagrees with this decision. He is banished to the Earth and it is there that he tries to save our species.
The premise sounded so promising, but the delivery wasn’t there. The story took too long to get started, the action wasn’t thrilling enough, and the final conclusion left me wanting. I can’t believe I was actually bored in a movie about an apocalyptic Armageddon. Seriously, the best part is already spoiled in the trailer: the crazy granny climbing up the walls and biting a chunk out of some guy’s neck. Aside from that, this film isn’t worth your time.
So, there was a huge brouhaha (I think I spelled that correctly) over this film and how it was supposed to be such a huge deal. I wasn’t all that convinced initially, but after seeing Avatar rake in well over one billion dollars to become the top-grossing film of all time, I had to see what was the big deal.
The story isn’t terribly original. I jokingly said on Twitter that it was Dances with Ferngully, except with some ten-foot-tall blue aliens shooting arrows at some army-sourced battle suits. They plug into the matrix, we get a dash of Pocahontas, and a heavy-handed depiction of the “noble savage.” I was not at all taken by the tale, but the visuals are positively stunning. Avatar is an entirely different experience from watching a 3D animated film, since it does not look like a cartoon. The lush environments of Pandora will leave you in awe.
I don’t really think that Avatar should have won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, but it really is a feast for the senses. Make sure you catch it in 3D (or IMAX 3D if you can), since watching it on a regular screen will leave you disappointed.
Transporter 3 (2008)
It seems that Jason Statham has made a career out of being the rugged guy in an action-packed film. He made our hearts rush with Crank and he continues that trend with this third iteration of the Transporter series.
Looking for great character development? Wanting a deep and insightful narrative? You’re clearly looking in the wrong place. However, just as with Legion above, the action component of Transporter 3 wasn’t all that great either. Yes, you get the same formulaic Transporter plot, but you don’t get the same rush that we got in the first two films.
It’s not completely terrible, but it’s not exactly Statham’s best outing either. If you’re looking for some cheap thrills and a way to waste a couple of hours, I wouldn’t blame you for indulging in yet another Transporter movie with positively no substance.
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