On Jan. 22 theaters across the country will open their doors to an audience anticipating the release of ‘Legion’ by Sony Pictures. The film depicts the Archangel Michael, somehow expelled from Heaven, on a mission to safeguard a pregnant young woman, whose unborn child is the sole assurance for Mankind against an army of angels sent to kill him.
Religious forums, blogs, posts, and the like have seen a commotion being raised about the films biblical accuracy and plausibility of events. ‘Legion’ follows a routine storyline, but throws into the mix: an alternate interpretation of the bible’s ‘end of the world’, character portrayals of heavenly figures, Archangel Michael and Gabriel, and an unorthodox notion on how a war between the human race and divine entities would play out.
One discussion details the ambiguous use of the word, Legion. The name itself can refer to a demon cast out by Jesus in the New Testament. Although it is used in this instance to refer to the horde of angels sent by God to annihilate humanity, causing a stir of debate by reportedly presenting a congruency between demons and angels. Another heavy topic deliberates the believability of celestial beings undertaking an unwholesome assignment as warriors against man, rather than the messengers of God they are so commonly referred to as. A concluding dispute is the actual representation of the eradication of humanity.
The cinematic rendition describes God commanding the extermination of man through his army, while many devoted followers refer back to the Bible for a differing view on how humans will cease to exist.
Debates continue, not only among the general public, but in the midst of faithful individuals as well. Some followers fear the lack of biblical accuracy in the film will lead to a negative image of God, repentance, religion, and sacrifice. While others chose not to take the message as literally and supported the argument that ‘Legion’ is nothing more than a Hollywood experience, meant to be enjoyed as pure entertainment, rather than a biblical teaching.