Legion is a great movie for an In Nomine game master to watch. An absentee god, angels fighting angels, outcasts fighting the host, prophesies, possession, sawed off shotguns. The number of ideas that can be raided from this film is staggering, which makes it all the more unfortunate that it’s not a good film.
Legion is part of the action horror genre – only it’s not that scary, the plot is only so so, and the action sequences are roughly on par with the plot. It’s like someone tried to cross From Dusk ’til Dawn with The Stand and created something that captures all the weaknesses of either story.
A ragtag group of humans who would never get along gather by chance in a deserted diner at the edge of the Mojave desert. Weird things begin to happen around them. Cars won’t start, the radios give out, a kindly old lady starts spouting prophesy and climbing the walls. Is it the end of the world? The start of another Resident Evil Film? The… oh wait. It is the end of the world and the Archangel Michael has given up his place in heaven to become a wandering badass who whose only goal is to save the unborn child who can restore god’s faith in humanity.
He is opposed by shambling
zombies angels who use Matrix-like effects to possess the humans around them (Kyriotates in action – not often you get to see that in film). Standard horror tropes apply. One by one the hero’s fall as they are tempted and captured by their own better natures (except for the Judas who just lets the horror in).
Eventually we meet the power behind these attacks – the Archangel Gabriel. He has opted to enact the Word without question. Commence more action scenes. You may notice that this is a poor fit for the Gabriel of In Nomine, but it fits Lawrence rather well. In the end Michael is redeemed and humanity is able to survive (at least long enough to make a bid for a sequel).
On the whole, I’d rather spend a weekend at The Cabin in the Woods.
That said, I do like Michael’s story. He’s an Outcast done right: an angle who walks a path apart from heaven while still enacting his own understanding of G-d’s will. If you like Raguel in Neil Gaiman’s “Murder Mysteries,” then there is something to redeem Legion’s version of Michael.