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'''''Legion''''' is an action movie starring Creator/PaulBettany, Dennis Quaid, and Lucas Black about what happens when God sends down an apocalypse and all that's left is an archangel that defected and a diner full of people. Oh, but it's the pregnant woman who's important, since she's carrying the one who will be the second Christ.

{{Syfy}} is currently preparing a television series based on the film.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: The possessed grandma engages in pleasant small talk with the diner folk, even when telling Charlie her baby will burn with the F word
** FauxAffablyEvil: It was likely mocking her, as she quickly turns violent as she [[JerkAssHasAPoint tells Sandra that she's a complaining bitch]] with obscene language and bites her husband's neck. More like something out of ''Film/TheExorcist'' than a RageAgainstTheHeavens.
* AndStarring: Dennis Quaid.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Jeep and Charlie
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Considering that Gabriel, Charlie, and Jeep are the only characters that survive to the end of the film without being resurrected...]]
* AntiHero: Michael. Especially since nobody trusts him until about an hour into the movie.
* ArabIsraeliConflict: In a comic book tie-in. A Palestinian is sent to suicide bomb an Israeli airport but ends up fighting angels instead. Yeah, he basically has to fight [[TheLegionsOfHell angel-possessed]] [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles IDF troops]].
* ArchangelMichael: Is the main character.
* ArchangelGabriel: As the FinalBoss.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted all to hell with Gabriel; his wings can deflect ''just about anything'', and he uses them constantly.
* {{Badass}}: Michael.
* BadHumorTruck
* BigBrotherMentor: Jeep, who is constantly worried about everybody in the diner, not just Charlie.
* BigDamnHeroes: Plenty of instances, from Percy saving Sandra [[spoiler:and dying because of it]] to [[spoiler:Michael rushing in to save Jeep at the absolute last minute after being resurrected.]]
* BigShutUp: The angel-possessed old lady tells a woman to "SHUT THE FUCK UP", because she's tired of her "bitching".
* BilingualBonus: Those tattoos Michael is covered in actually say things in Enochian, supposedly the language of the angels. According to Creator/PaulBettany, one of them says, "If you're freeze-framing this film, you're really weird."
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: God regained his faith in humanity but he caused the deaths of countless people who are not shown being revived (except Michael) and since they were killed while they were going against God's will they're probably in hell, suffering for all eternity since they can't be forgiven.]] Maybe bittersweet is being generous.
* BodyHorror: What happens to [[spoiler: Howard]].
** Also [[DemonicPossession Angelic Possession]] causes their hosts to become insect like in form.
* BondOneLiner: "Sorry... We're out of business." [[spoiler: Right before Bob makes the diner go kablooie.]]
** This counts as CrowningMomentOfAwesome! [[spoiler:It's too bad it doesn't kill Gabriel, though...]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: Michael voluntarily cuts off his wings, the source of his angelic powers, at the start of the film.
* CarFu: A guy gets hit by a car driven by a possessed person at one point.
** [[spoiler: Jeep also sends Gabriel flying through a windshield towards the end when the angel grabs on to their car and almost manages to kill the baby.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Bob's cigarette lighter.
** Also, Bob mentioning that he's glad the gas is still on.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Given that much of the movie is spent protecting a pregnant woman...
** [[spoiler: Also subverted heavily with a CreepyChild that kills Kyle and nearly succeeds in killing Charlie.]]
* DawsonCasting: Jeep, if Michael is to be believed, is only 20.
* DemonicPossession: Except it's angels, though you wouldn't believe it at first considering how foul mouthed and [[BodyHorror unnatural]] they are.
* DinerBrawl: Most of the action takes place in and around a small diner.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Michael's surprise resurrection.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[TheTerminator Two men appear; one is here to protect a waitress whose child will save the world, and one is here to destroy said waitress to prevent said child from being born.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: [[spoiler:Jeep's nightmares. Gladys knows it.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: When the car crashes, [[spoiler:the baby survives but Audrey died. And is quickly forgotten.]]
** Possibly justified: they had bigger things to worry about then. [[spoiler:Such as Gabriel still being alive and still trying to kill the baby.]]
* DwindlingParty: Killed off one by one.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Just look at that poster, and see HoYay on the YMMV page.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Gabriel and Michael treat each other like brothers before their big fight scene.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Played for laughs with the old lady exiting the car with her walker.
* {{Fingore}}: The CreepyChild attacks Charlie with a knife. [[spoiler: She blocks his blows with a metal pan and, as the knife has no guard, he ends up accidentally cutting off his thumbs.]]
* FingerGun: One of the cops does this while paroling the streets of L.A.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Wielded as a ''ranged'' weapon by Percy, making it a [[IncrediblyLamePun Flying Pan of Doom]].
* GodIsEvil: "He's just tired of this shit," sounds like a subversion, in theory. It's just that most of the His victims we see ''really'' don't [[AssholeVictim deserve it]].
* GoodBadGirl: Audrey, although her sexual history is never touched on throughout the movie.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Subverted. Bob, Kyle and Charlie all smoke. They all have their issues with hard luck and drama in their lives, but none are truly evil. However, there is the {{Anvilicious}} bit about Charlie being a pregnant woman who smokes.
** SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped
** And yet, perhaps not as anvilicious as one might think! Because the only reason [[spoiler:the humans 'win' is because the baby is born prematurely. And what is one thing that smoking can cause? Premature birth! That's right. Smoking saved the world.]]
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: The old lady at the beginning. I mean, she casually comments that Charlie's baby is gonna burn, proceeds to say everyone else in the diner will burn, bites a guy in the neck when told to apologize for that, and runs on the ceiling before finally getting shot by Kyle. She even tells the guy's wife to shut up and hates her complaining.
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Film/{{Transformers}} Sergeant Epps]] is helping [[Film/ABeautifulMind John Nash's friend]] defend a pregnant woman from possessed zombies and [[{{Lost}} Martin Keamy]]. [[GreysAnatomy Dr. Addison Montgomery]] whines and panics.
* HeroicSacrifice: Lots. [[spoiler:Percy dies saving Sandra from an acid attack, and Kyle dies trying to save a CreepyChild who turns out to be possessed and which tears his throat out. Michael stays behind to fight Gabriel, and when he loses, a mortally-wounded Bob blows up the diner to by the escapees some time. Audrey shoots Gabriel in the face with a flare-gun and winds up thrown out the windshield of a car doing 90 down the freeway, trying to strangle him.]] Really, among those who die, only [[spoiler:Sandra]] and [[spoiler:Howard]] ''don't'' sacrifice themselves for something.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Kyle; it's implied early on that he was involved in criminal activities prior to getting stuck at the diner with everyone else.
* HumansAreBastards: The sole reason why God sends his angels to exterminate him.
* HumansAreSpecial: Michael still believes this.
* {{Hypocrite}}: God, uses GrandTheftMe tactics to have his angel's hosts become demonic parodies of life and are not above deceiving others. In this film, he is no better and arguably worse than {{Satan}} in his dealings with the diner folk.
** Of course, given that we have no idea what Satan is like in the Legion universe, or, indeed if he even ''exist''[[note]]Neither Michael or Gabriel mention him, and given Michael's rebellion, one would think a comparison may be apt.[[/note]], that would be a difficult argument to have.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Gabriel's fatal attack against Michael]]
* IncongruouslyDressedZombie: Several examples, including an ice-cream truck driver.
* KarmaHoudini: God, Gabriel, and possibly all the {{Mook}} angels.
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Sandra gives her daughter a little speech about how all the bad things happening to them are her fault. She]]'s not a nice person.
* KungShui: At one point the battered old television is used as a weapon.
-->--'''Percy''': [[HilariousInHindsight "One of these days that thing is gonna hit you back."]]
* ManlyTears: Percy, when speaking of his father's nightly admonishments to him.
* MoodDissonance: The first of the sieging on the diner begins with [[spoiler: an ice cream truck playing a merry little version of Turkey in the Straw]].
* NiceGuy: Jeep
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Charlie seems to forget she's supposed to have a southern accent after the first ten minutes or so.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: They possess people, and they swear while doing so. Oh, and their wings are also made of metal.
** In fact if they act and distort bodies which are more in the line of demons. Ironic isn't it.
** Apparently, the angels are also tired of humans complaining about even the smallest things. As shown when the possessed old lady telling a woman to shut her "bitching".
* OutGivingBirthBackInTwoMinutes: Played straight as an arrow with Charlie's delivery (and recovery).
* OutrunTheFireball: Michael and the young girl escaping from the exploding gas station.
* OutsideRide: Gabriel on top of the police car.
* ParentalAbandonment:
** Jeep has a MissingMom who left when he was 15, and Charlie's own father was a DisappearedDad who left when she was a kid; then there's the "out of sight, out of mind" father of her own unborn child.
** And there's a subversion. Kyle is on his way ''to'' his child, to be a not disappeared dad.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Everything goes down during the course of this movie. Phone lines, cell phone reception, TV signal, radio, power, it all goes down. Lampshaded by Bob when he mentions that the only thing still running is the gas.
** It's inverted briefly when the radio is able to pick up one station and the lights go back on for a brief period of time.
** It's also subverted for much of the film, given the fact that calling for help wouldn't really do a whole lot given that all the people in the nearest towns are crowded around the diner trying to kill them.
* PunchClockVillain: Gabriel.
-->-- '''Michael''': "You were always so eager to please him."
** [[spoiler:Given a touch of bitter irony after Michael is resurrected and tells Gabriel that he's failed when he points out he wouldn't have spared Michael's life.]]
* RazorWings: Gabriel has very sharp wings.
* RuleOfFun: Bettany has said he did the movie largely because the idea of playing an archangel with a bunch of guns was just too much fun to pass up, especially since if he's in an action movie he's almost always the ''bad'' guy.
* RunningOnAllFours: The angel-possessed.
* SanitySlippage: Sandra. Not a huge problem for the group [[spoiler:until she decides to [[TooDumbToLive give the baby]] up to Gabriel, thinking that if she does, they can just leave.]]
* SelfSurgery: Michael sews stitches into his back after cutting off his own wings. It's his second scene in the movie, as if they wanted to establish right away that he's a BadAss.
* ShellShockedSenior: Percy. In case the shot of the dog tags didn't cue you in, he also uses a prosthetic hand.
* ShoutOut:
-->--'''Bob''': "All right, Franchise/{{Rambo}}, you mind telling us what we're fightin'?"
* ShownTheirWork: The trumpet sound used before Gabriel's arrival is of the shofar kind. You know, the one present in the Bible and also [[Film/ApocalypseNow the sound we hear today in the skies in many places of the world?]]
* ShutUpHannibal:
-->-- '''Gabriel''': "Why do you do it? Why do you keep on fighting when you know all hope is lost?"
-->-- '''Jeep''': "Fuck you!"
* SingleStrokeBattle: Between Michael and Gabriel near the end.
* SlowMotionDrop: The wife gets shot by Michael and drops the baby in slo mo. Bonus point for Bob for catching the little thing.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The opposition gets increasingly stronger: Old lady > an ice cream man (bummer) > about 100 angels > another 500 angels > an uber angel.
* SymbolMotifClothing: Charlie wearing the colors of the virgin Mary in her first appearance.
* TearsOfRemorse: From both Gabriel and Michael. It's played much more prominently with Gabriel, though.
* TheChosenOne: Charlie's baby boy is considered to be humanity's last hope.
* ThisCannotBe: Gabriel says this word for word.
* TitleIn: December 23
* TooDumbToLive: Sandra. Oh dear ''lord'', Sandra.
** [[spoiler:Even if she gives them the baby, they'll STILL kill them!]] Predictably, [[spoiler:Michael shoots her.]]
*** Let's not forget for a second that she was also dumb enough to bite into the obvious trap that was [[spoiler: her husband being crucified upside-down. And unfortunately, [[{{Squick}} Percy pays the price]] when she gets too close and [[LudicrousGibs her husband explodes in acidic goodness]].]] To her credit, [[spoiler:Kyle also falls for a similar trick with the aforementioned CreepyChild]], but there's less of an excuse for Sandra since everybody ''including her own daughter'' was telling her that it was a trap [[spoiler:and it's also harder to tell something is a trap when a complete and very innocent stranger is involved]].
* TripleShifter: Michael doesn't sleep once during the two days the movie takes place. Partially justified in that being a former angel, he's got more stamina than the average human.
* TrackingDevice: WordOfGod states that the collars Michael and Gabriel wears are used to keep track of their whereabouts.
* UnfortunateNames: Jeep. [[WhoNamesTheirKidDude Let's hope it's a nickname.]]
** It probably is, given that he's shown to be in charge of repairing broken-down vehicles early in the movie.
** Jeep can be a shortened version of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Joseph]].
* WallCrawl: Gladys, and a CreepyChild.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Michael's aformentioned speech to Jeep.
* XMeetsY: ReligiousHorror meets ZombieApocalypse, with a very liberal dose of ''TheTerminator'' thrown in.
** Also ''Film/TheExorcist'' with the distorted angel hosts.
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