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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Legion is extremely violent and follows a negative, apocalyptic plotline in which God has given up on mankind and sends an army of avenging angels to wipe out most humans. There's no end of blood, dead bodies, and strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), which makes it iffy for everyone except adults and older teens. Ultimately the movie celebrates empathy and selflessness as the saving graces of the human race, but these things come packaged with a large quantity of brutality.
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What's the story?
In LEGION, God has given up on mankind and has sent an army of angels to possess the bodies of the weak and wipe out the rest of humanity. Angel Michael (Paul Bettany) -- who was meant to lead the mission -- disobeys God's order and appears at a remote rural diner to protect pregnant waitress Charlie (Adrianne Palicki), whose baby may hold the key to the future. The rest of the humans at the diner -- an assortment of characters either lost or stuck there -- help out. Together, they battle hoards of scary, zombie-like creatures ... and then face an even greater challenge when God's backup angel, Gabriel (Kevin Durand), turns up.
Is it any good?
Scott Stewart of the San Francisco special effects house The Orphanage makes his directorial debut here, and it's something of a mess. The movie unsuccessfully combines elements of Night of the Living Dead with The Terminator. The plot doesn't often make sense, especially the question of just why waitress Charlie is "the chosen one."
The battles often take place in grimy darkness -- and the result is often more numbing than it is thrilling. Still, some of the visual effects on the zombie creatures are nicely creepy, and a solid collection of actors -- including Dennis Quaid and Charles S. Dutton -- makes some of the downtime between violent moments bearable.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the film's premise. How does its more religion-centric take on an apocalyptic future compare to other movies about the destruction of humanity?
What's the impact of violent scenes like the ones in this movie? How does their fantasy nature affect that impact?
Which of the movie's characters can be considered positive role models? Why?
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