Most Catholics, it’s safe to say, have a poor understanding, if any, of the initial battle, and the existence of evil prior to the Garden.
Leave it to Hollywood to mess it all up for modern, already confused theater-goers.
In the eschatological conflict told of in the Book of Revelation, the divine warrior St. Michael the Archangel and His Heavenly allies cast down Lucifer and his minions.
In Scott Stewart’s supernatural action thriller, “Legion,” which opens January 22, actor Paul Bettany portrays a machine-gun toting Archangel Michael who cuts off his wings and proceeds to help protect the unborn child of actress Adrianne Palicki at a remote diner on the edge of the Mojave desert on Christmas Eve.
Based on a graphic novel, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) has described the film as “blasphemous,” saying that it mocks the faith.
According to TFP, in the film, Michael - a rebel angel - becomes the “hero” in a fight against Gabriel and his hosts who are bent on destroying humanity because of God’s anger.
“The film presents a complete inversion of roles: instead of defeating Satan and the rebel angels in the great heavenly battle, the movie presents Saint Michael as the fallen angel who revolts against God,” said TFP. “Saint Michael’s downfall was caused by his wish to save humanity when God, finding the human race no longer worthy of Him, decides to end humanity’s existence.”
“One of the things that Scott Stewart does in this movie is take typical archetypes and turn them on their head a little bit,” said actress Sarah Anderson in an interview. “There’s an angel with a gun and black wings and tats, and an elderly lady who has a filthy mouth and is incredibly violent.”
Actor Dennis Quaid said that he liked the script because it was “twisted.”
“I don’t think it is going to be on the Vatican must-see list,” said Quaid.
“What if God decides that he’s lost faith in man?” asked the director, Stewart. “We always talk about having to have faith in God, but what happens if it happens in reverse? God loses faith in man and says ‘do it over’? This is our approach to that.”
“Legion puts a negative spin on Christianity,” said the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in a press release. “... [it] promises to be an abortion of a movie.”
TFP has called for individuals to let Sony know that they are insulted by the film.
While Stewart might argue that the film is merely entertainment, not meant to convey any spiritual message, he’s also directing Bettany in another graphic novel-turned film. In “Priest,” Bettany plays a priest who disobeys Church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.
Heaven help us.