In my last article I mentioned three post apocalyptic movies coming out in early 2010. This is not quite true for Legion, in theaters on Jan. 22nd, which more about the end of the world than what follows. Similar to the Prophecy movies and Constantine, Legion stars Paul Bettany (Creation, Master and Commander) as Archangel Michael who comes to Earth to save humanity from God’s wrath. Lucas Black (Friday Night Lights, Jarhead), Tyrese Gibson (Transformers 1 & 2, Annapolis), Dennis Quaid (Pandorum, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Charles S. Dutton (The Express, Fame) and Andrianne Palicki (Robot Chicken, Supernatural) are amongst those he attempts to save.
Last week saw the release of the stylish Daybreakers, where the end has already happened as a vampire creating virus has swept the world. Ethan Hawke (Gattaca, Staten Island) may have the answer for the vampires as the world’s human blood supply runs low, or may be the last hope for those few remaining humans on the run. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park 1 & 3, The Tudors) leads the vampires and Willem Dafoe (The Spiderman franchise, Boondock Saints II) is one of “the folks with the crossbows.” An interesting turn from the Blade and Underworld franchises, check Rotten Tomatoes for reviews.
Coming out today is The Book of Eli, a Denzel Washington vehicle that is a true dystopic wastelands after-the-last-war film in the tradition of The Road Warrior and A Boy and his Dog. Directed by the Hughes Brothers (From Hell, Menace II Society) Gary Oldman (Batman Begins, Batman: The Dark Knight) menaces Washington, caretaker of humanity’s last hope. Mila Kunis (That 70s Show, Family Guy, Robot Chicken) plays Oldman’s stepdaughter and Ray Stevenson (Rome, Punisher: War Journal), Tom Waits (Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Dracula) and Jennifer Beals (The L Word, Lie to Me) are featured. Check out Aint’ It Cool News interviews with Albert and Allen Hughes and Mila Kunis.
The end of the world, coming to a theater near you.