The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
The Charlie's Angels star passed away in June (09), aged 62, and reportedly left the bulk of her multi-million dollar fortune to her troubled son Redmond O'Neal - excluding her longterm partner Ryan O'Neal from her legacy.
But now British newspaper the Sunday Express claims the star left $96,000 (£60,000) to former Texas footballer Greg Lott, who previously claimed to have been her secret longterm lover.
Lott published a string of love letters in a bid to support his story, and was subsequently dismissed by Ryan O'Neal as a "disgruntled ex-boyfriend from the sixties."
But the former athlete has revealed he was included in Fawcett's will and insists her decision to leave him a portion of her estate proves she cared for him until the end. He has also accused O'Neal of keeping him away from Fawcett when she was dying.
He says, "I am a beneficiary of her estate. I have been asked to maintain the confidentiality of the estate, which I must respect.
"This news that I am indeed in her will and Ryan is not raises some serious questions about why he prevented me from seeing the love of my life in her final months. Farrah meant the world to me and I know that I equally had a profound impact on her. I cannot understand how those around her chose to keep me from her."
The former Charlie's Angels star died in June (09) and was buried after a star-studded service at Los Angeles' Our Lady of The Angels cathedral - but former lover Greg Lott insists Fawcett would have wanted a much simpler send off than the one her longtime companion organised.
In a chat with paparazzi, who caught Lott arguing with O'Neal during an encounter in a Los Angeles street last month (Oct09), Lott said, "She wanted to be cremated, she wanted to be given to her dad, with her mother's ashes (sic) and she did not want a funeral and she did not want a burial plot."
According to a new RadarOnline.com report, Fawcett left Lott, who she dated in the 1960s, $100,000 (£62,500) in her 2007 will, while O'Neal was left out.
The late Charlie's Angels star left nothing to O'Neal in her last will and testament, dated 2007, but handed the couple's son Redmond $4.5 million (£2.8 million) and left bumper cash pay-outs to ex-lover Greg Lott, a nephew and her dad.
In a new statement, O'Neal insists he was with the actress when she signed off on her will - and agreed he should receive nothing.
The statement reads, "Farrah's and my relationship was based on a deep love and respect for one another and for our son Redmond.
"After discussing how her financial affairs would be handled in the event of her passing, we agreed that our son Redmond would be the primary beneficiary of her estate.
"These were Farrah's wishes and I am perfectly happy with them."
Fawcett was 62 when she lost her battle with cancer in June (09).