Legion (2010) had a budget of $26 million and achieved a worldwide gross of $68 million at the box office, but faced rather scathing reviews from most outlets. Online review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic currently hold Legion with ratings of 19 percent and 32 percent, respectively, while the film’s IMDB rating stands at 5.2 out of 10.
Without much critical acclaim, this is how Legion was reviewed across outlets online:
For Empire, Legion was deemed to be a crushing disappointment that failed to live up to the promises of the trailer. The lack of ambition given the plot, deadly dull stretches, and flat dialogue all contributed to it being written off as a lazy genre bore.
The Guardian took a more sarcastic approach to their review of Legion, citing Jeanette Miller (11th on the cast list) as the show-stealing performer in her role as the satanic old lady who fatally bites someone and dies shortly after. The short review finishes with the line: “At least it will keep you awake.”. You can read the full review here.
As a fantasy-horror film, Legion is expected to be Love Horror’s cup of tea, but the 2010 release failed to strike a chord in review. While an intriguing idea within the film or some strong and well-timed acting will pop up, Legion is judged to be a clichéd and underdeveloped movie that flippantly breaks its own internal logic.
Den of Geek sees Legion as somewhat of a success if ruled to be a dumb B-movie. The dialogue is slammed as never grading much higher than that of the genre’s standard cliché, despite how strong the cast could be with the right script. Overall, the movie is said to be too predictable, with a dull stretch through the middle. However, Den of Geek also notes that there’s plenty of gun-toting fun and violence throughout the film which manages to make the film somewhat entertaining, which is the most that one could expect from a movie such as this.
The Huffington Post cites the movie’s lack of production value and improper choice of direction as the crux of its problems. They say that the idea behind the plot is an interesting one with decent potential, but the film tells the wrong story, scraping through with limited resources, finally labeling Legion a “cheap B-horror thriller.”
The movie had so much potential due to its overall plot of God looking to exterminate the human race, using angels to do so, and eluded to big and exciting scenes of fantasy-action and horror but, in the end, the film buckles under its own laziness. Kevin Durand’s late scenes deliver a small dose of what movie-goers wanted from a film billed as a fantasy action horror, but he too becomes victim to the film’s weak script and lazy storyline. It all crumbles under lackluster dialogue, poor special effects, and unanswered questions that instead of increasing the intrigue simply lead to boredom.