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Film: Legion

Legion is an action movie starring Paul Bettany, 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. The film was loosely adapted into the Syfy Channel series Dominion.

This film provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: The possessed grandma engages in pleasant small talk with the diner folk, even when telling Charlie her baby will burn with the F word
  • And Starring: Dennis Quaid.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Jeep and Charlie
  • Anyone Can Die: Considering that Gabriel, Charlie, and Jeep are the only characters that survive to the end of the film without being resurrected...
  • Anti-Hero: Michael. Especially since nobody trusts him until about an hour into the movie.
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict: 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 angel-possessed IDF troops.
  • Archangel Michael: Is the main character.
  • Archangel Gabriel: As the Final Boss.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted all to hell with Gabriel; his wings can deflect just about anything, and he uses them constantly.
  • Badass: Michael.
  • Bad Humor Truck
  • Big Brother Mentor: Jeep, who is constantly worried about everybody in the diner, not just Charlie.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Plenty of instances, from Percy saving Sandra and dying because of it to Michael rushing in to save Jeep at the absolute last minute after being resurrected.
  • Big "Shut Up!": The angel-possessed old lady tells a woman to "SHUT THE FUCK UP", because she's tired of her "bitching".
  • Bilingual Bonus: Those tattoos Michael is covered in actually say things in Enochian, supposedly the language of the angels. According to Paul Bettany, one of them says, "If you're freeze-framing this film, you're really weird."
  • Bittersweet Ending: 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.
  • Body Horror: What happens to Howard.
  • Bond One-Liner: "Sorry... We're out of business." Right before Bob makes the diner go kablooie.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Michael voluntarily cuts off his wings, the source of his angelic powers, at the start of the film.
  • Car Fu: A guy gets hit by a car driven by a possessed person at one point.
    • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Bob's cigarette lighter.
    • Also, Bob mentioning that he's glad the gas is still on.
  • Children Are Innocent: Given that much of the movie is spent protecting a pregnant woman...
    • Also subverted heavily with a Creepy Child that kills Kyle and nearly succeeds in killing Charlie.
  • Dawson Casting: Jeep, if Michael is to be believed, is only 20.
  • Demonic Possession: Except it's angels, though you wouldn't believe it at first considering how foul mouthed and unnatural they are.
  • Diner Brawl: Most of the action takes place in and around a small diner.
  • Disney Death: Michael's surprise resurrection.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: 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.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Jeep's nightmares. Gladys knows it.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: When the car crashes, the baby survives but Audrey died. And is quickly forgotten.
    • Possibly justified: they had bigger things to worry about then. Such as Gabriel still being alive and still trying to kill the baby.
  • Dwindling Party: Killed off one by one.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Just look at that poster, and see Ho Yay on the YMMV page.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Gabriel and Michael treat each other like brothers before their big fight scene.
  • Feet-First Introduction: Played for laughs with the old lady exiting the car with her walker.
  • Fingore: The Creepy Child attacks Charlie with a knife. She blocks his blows with a metal pan and, as the knife has no guard, he ends up accidentally cutting off his thumbs.
  • Finger Gun: One of the cops does this while paroling the streets of L.A.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Wielded as a ranged weapon by Percy, making it a Flying Pan of Doom.
  • God Is Evil: "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 deserve it.
  • Good Bad Girl: Audrey, although her sexual history is never touched on throughout the movie.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: 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.
    • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped
    • And yet, perhaps not as anvilicious as one might think! Because the only reason 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.
  • Harbinger of Impending Doom: 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Sergeant Epps is helping John Nash's friend defend a pregnant woman from possessed zombies and Martin Keamy. Dr. Addison Montgomery whines and panics.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Lots. Percy dies saving Sandra from an acid attack, and Kyle dies trying to save a Creepy Child 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 Sandra and Howard don't sacrifice themselves for something.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Kyle; it's implied early on that he was involved in criminal activities prior to getting stuck at the diner with everyone else.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The sole reason why God sends his angels to exterminate him.
  • Humans Are Special: Michael still believes this.
  • Hypocrite: God, uses Grand Theft Me 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 existnote , that would be a difficult argument to have.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gabriel's fatal attack against Michael
  • Incongruously Dressed Zombie: Several examples, including an ice-cream truck driver.
  • Karma Houdini: God, Gabriel, and possibly all the Mook angels.
  • Kick the Dog: 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.
  • Kung-Shui: At one point the battered old television is used as a weapon.
  • Manly Tears: Percy, when speaking of his father's nightly admonishments to him.
  • Mood Dissonance: The first of the sieging on the diner begins with an ice cream truck playing a merry little version of Turkey in the Straw.
  • Nice Guy: Jeep
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Charlie seems to forget she's supposed to have a southern accent after the first ten minutes or so.
  • Our Angels Are Different: 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".
  • Out Giving Birth, Back in Two Minutes: Played straight as an arrow with Charlie's delivery (and recovery).
  • Outrun the Fireball: Michael and the young girl escaping from the exploding gas station.
  • Outside Ride: Gabriel on top of the police car.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    • Jeep has a Missing Mom who left when he was 15, and Charlie's own father was a Disappeared Dad 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.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: 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.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Gabriel.
    Michael: "You were always so eager to please him."
    • 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.
  • Razor Wings: Gabriel has very sharp wings.
  • Rule of Fun: 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.
  • Running on All Fours: The angel-possessed.
  • Sanity Slippage: Sandra. Not a huge problem for the group until she decides to give the baby up to Gabriel, thinking that if she does, they can just leave.
  • Self-Surgery: 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 Bad Ass.
  • Shell-Shocked Senior: Percy. In case the shot of the dog tags didn't cue you in, he also uses a prosthetic hand.
  • Shout-Out:
    Bob: "All right, Rambo, you mind telling us what we're fightin'?"
  • Shown Their Work: The trumpet sound used before Gabriel's arrival is of the shofar kind. You know, the one present in the Bible and also the sound we hear today in the skies in many places of the world?
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Gabriel: "Why do you do it? Why do you keep on fighting when you know all hope is lost?"
    Jeep: "Fuck you!"
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Between Michael and Gabriel near the end.
  • Slow Motion Drop: The wife gets shot by Michael and drops the baby in slo mo. Bonus point for Bob for catching the little thing.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The opposition gets increasingly stronger: Old lady > an ice cream man (bummer) > about 100 angels > another 500 angels > an uber angel.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Charlie wearing the colors of the virgin Mary in her first appearance. And again at the end.
  • Tears of Remorse: From both Gabriel and Michael. It's played much more prominently with Gabriel, though.
  • The Chosen One: Charlie's baby boy is considered to be humanity's last hope.
  • This Cannot Be!: Gabriel says this word for word.
  • Title In: December 23
  • Too Dumb to Live: Sandra. Oh dear lord, Sandra.
    • Even if she gives them the baby, they'll STILL kill them! Predictably, Michael shoots her.
      • Let's not forget for a second that she was also dumb enough to bite into the obvious trap that was her husband being crucified upside-down. And unfortunately, Percy pays the price when she gets too close and her husband explodes in acidic goodness. To her credit, Kyle also falls for a similar trick with the aforementioned Creepy Child, but there's less of an excuse for Sandra since everybody including her own daughter was telling her that it was a trap and it's also harder to tell something is a trap when a complete and very innocent stranger is involved.
  • Triple Shifter: 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.
  • Tracking Device: Word of God states that the collars Michael and Gabriel wear are used to keep track of their whereabouts.
  • Unfortunate Names: Jeep. 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 Joseph.
  • Wall Crawl: Gladys, and a Creepy Child.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Michael's aformentioned speech to Jeep.
  • X Meets Y: Religious Horror meets Zombie Apocalypse, with a very liberal dose of The Terminator thrown in.

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