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Legion (2010 film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Scott Stewart
Produced by David Lancaster
Michel Litvak
Written by Peter Schink
Scott Stewart
Starring Paul Bettany
Lucas Black
Tyrese Gibson
Adrianne Palicki
Charles S. Dutton
Jon Tenney
Kevin Durand
Willa Holland
Kate Walsh
Dennis Quaid
Music by John Frizzell
Cinematography John Lindley
Edited by Steven Kemper
Bold Films
Distributed by Screen Gems
Release dates
  • January 22, 2010 (2010-01-22)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26 million[1]
Box office $67,918,658[1]

Legion is a 2010 American apocalyptic supernatural action film directed by Scott Stewart, written by Peter Schink and Scott Stewart. The cast includes Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Kate Walsh and Dennis Quaid. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group acquired most of this film's worldwide distribution rights and the group opened this film in North America theatrically on January 22, 2010 through Screen Gems.[2]

A television series called Dominion, set 25 years after the end of the film, premiered on the American cable television network Syfy on June 19, 2014.[3]


The Archangel Michael falls to Earth in Los Angeles and cuts off his wings. He steals a police car after a policeman is killed by another officer who is possessed. He then heads for the Paradise Falls diner, near the edge of the Mojave Desert. Meanwhile, Kyle, a single father driving to Los Angeles, stops at the diner. There he meets the owner, Bob Hanson; Bob's son, Jeep; Percy, the short-order cook; Charlie, a pregnant waitress; a married couple, Howard and Sandra Anderson; and their rebellious teenage daughter, Audrey. An old woman enters the diner. She seems pleasant at first, but then begins taunting the diner's patrons. When Howard confronts her, she rips his throat open, screeches that they are all going to die, and climbs up the ceiling like an insect. Kyle shoots her before she can kill Jeep. Percy, Kyle, Sandra, Audrey, and Charlie try to get Howard to the hospital, but they are forced to turn back after passing through a swarm of flies.

Michael arrives and arms the patrons as the entire sky plunges into blackness. Hundreds of cars approach, filled with possessed people who begin to attack the diner. Michael leads the patrons in the fight, but Howard is dragged away. Later, Michael explains that God has lost faith in mankind and has sent His angels to destroy the human race. He also reveals that Charlie's baby must stay alive, as it is destined to be the savior of mankind; Michael disobeyed God's order to kill Charlie's baby, as he still has faith in humanity. The next morning, Sandra discovers Howard crucified behind the restaurant and covered with huge boils. She tries to rescue him, but he violently explodes into acid. Percy dies shielding Sandra from the blast, and Sandra is driven insane. Meanwhile, the remaining survivors hear a radio transmission that reveals there are other pockets of resistance. One such refuge is nearby, but Michael advises them not to go, since they would be too vulnerable on the move.

That night, a second wave of possessed attack. Kyle is lured out by a trap and killed, and the attack pushes a panicked Charlie into labor. Audrey and Michael help her deliver the baby as trumpets sound, signaling the approach of the Archangel Gabriel. In a panic, Sandra breaks her restraints and tries to give the baby to the possessed, but Michael guns her down. Moments later, Gabriel enters the diner and seriously injures Bob. Michael urges the group to escape and enigmatically tells Jeep to "find the prophets, learn to read the instructions". The hordes of possessed humans are unable to approach Charlie's baby, so Jeep, Audrey, Charlie, and the baby make their way to Michael's cruiser. Gabriel and Michael fight to a standstill, ending with Gabriel's stabbing Michael through the chest with his mace. Michael dies and his body disappears. Dying, Bob uses a lighter engraved "hope" to ignite the diner's gas main and blow up the diner, incinerating himself and the remaining possessed.

Jeep's body is covered in the same mysterious drawings seen on Michael's body; Jeep concludes that the tattoos are his instructions. Gabriel then appears and swoops down on the fleeing car. As he tries to reach Charlie, Audrey jumps on him and sacrifices herself by yelling at Jeep to slam on the brakes, sending her and Gabriel through the front windshield as the car crashes and buys Jeep and Charlie time to get away. Gabriel finally corners the three in the nearby mountains. He is about to kill them when Michael descends from Heaven, an angel once more, and stops Gabriel. Michael tells Gabriel that Gabriel gave God what he asked for but Michael did what God needed, thus giving humanity another chance; Michael also gives the impression that everything that happened so far was part of God's plan to test His angels and that Gabriel failed Him. Ashamed, Gabriel leaves. Michael explains to Jeep that he is the child's true protector and to have faith they will see him again. Michael then flies off. Charlie and Jeep make it to the top of the mountain and see a small town in the valley below. Sometime later, Charlie, Jeep, and the baby are seen driving off into the distance with a station wagon full of weapons.


  • Paul Bettany as Michael, a fallen archangel and leader of the human survivors.
  • Lucas Black as Jeep Hanson, Bob's son and protector of Charlie's baby. He is in love with Charlie.
  • Tyrese Gibson as Kyle Williams, a divorced man heading to L.A. to battle over custody of his son. In an alternate ending, Kyle survives.
  • Adrianne Palicki as Charlie, a downtrodden, pregnant waitress whose baby is humanity's savior. She is friends with Jeep.
  • Charles S. Dutton as Percy Walker, a religious single-handed cook, a former soldier, and Bob's friend.
  • Dennis Quaid as Bob Hanson, the diner's atheist owner.
  • Jon Tenney as Howard Anderson, Sandra's husband and Audrey's father.
  • Kevin Durand as archangel Gabriel, leader of the angel army, and main antagonist.
  • Willa Holland as Audrey Anderson, Howard and Sandra's daughter.
  • Kate Walsh as Sandra Anderson, Howard's wife and Audrey's mother.
  • Doug Jones as Ice Cream Man, a possessed ice cream man who attacks the diner.
  • Jeanette Miller as Gladys Foster, the possessed old woman in the diner.


Principal photography took place in New Mexico in the summer of 2009.[4]


Box office

Legion was released on January 22, 2010[5] in 2,476 theaters and took in $6,686,233—$2,700 per theater its opening day.[6] On its opening weekend it grossed $17,501,625—$7,069 per theater and placed No. 2, only behind Avatar.[7] It placed No. 6 on its second weekend, and grossed an estimated $6,800,000—$2,746 per theater, a 61.1% drop from the previous weekend. The film has come to gross $67,918,658 worldwide.[1]

Critical response

The film received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 20% based on reviews from 100 critics, with an average rating average of 3.8 out of 10. The site's general consensus is: "Despite a solid cast and intermittent thrills, Legion suffers from a curiously languid pace, confused plot, and an excess of dialogue."[8] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 32% based on 14 reviews.[9]

Paul Nicholasi of Dread Central gave the film a one and a half out of five stars, saying, "The finished product is shockingly bad. If countless angles of people firing guns with spent shells clinking to the ground is all your heart yearns for, then Legion may be your ideal Saturday night. Hoping for anything more is an exercise in futility. Spare yourself the agony."[10] Brad Miska of Bloody Disgusting gave it 1 out of 5 stars, calling it "a prude film with some potential. It's boring, slow paced and it takes itself way too seriously."[11] Variety film critic Joe Leydon gave the film a mixed analysis. Leydon claimed "Even when the blood-and-thunder hokiness of the over-the-top plot tilts perilously close to absurdity, the admirably straight-faced performances by well-cast lead players provide just enough counterbalance to sustain curiosity and sympathy."[12] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a mixed review stating, "As the above description demonstrates, the goings-on in Legion are seriously silly (not to mention more than a little derivative of endless movies, especially the Terminator series), but director Scott Stewart has provided enough stylish finesse to make the proceedings a real hoot."[13]

Home media

Legion was released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 11, 2010.[14]

TV spin-off

In 2014, Syfy began airing the television series Dominion, a sequel set 25 years after the end of the film, and executive produced by Scott Stewart—the Writer/Director of Legion. Stewart also directed Dominion's pilot episode, which was written by Vaun Wilmott,[15] and aired on June 19, 2014.[16]


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  14. ^ Barton, Steve (March 15, 2010). "Blu-ray and DVD Specs: Legion". Dread Central. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (December 4, 2013). Dominion' Ordered to Series at Syfy"'". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "'"Syfy Announces Premiere Dates for 'Defiance' and 'Dominion. TV By the Numbers. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 

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