Critical elements of a religiously themed apocalyptic movie or book: 1) God/Satan easily thwarted by automatic weaponry, 2) action hero who remains agnostic even with direct evidence of God’s existence, and who intentionally thwarts God’s Plan for the Final Judgment, 3) sadistic, bloodthirsty God who nonetheless everybody loves, 4) annoying woman impregnated with a child that is inexplicably “mankind’s only hope.”
Just watched LEGION and found it to be a really well done, completely stupid movie. To repeat: Really well done. Completely stupid.
While I’m on an old movie kick here’s another one you got to see if you’re into, um, lots of people dying from a weaponized virus. Sam Waterston delivers a great performance as the sheriff of a small town whose wife is trapped inside a biological research laboratory where something goes wrong. Well written, well acted, tense, scary and pretty realistic, too.
“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.” Catch Night of the Living Dead free on YouTube here.
Besides DAWN OF THE DEAD, the best movie Romero made in my opinion.
Another perfect movie from the ’70s: ROLLERBALL starring James Caan. What a great movie, Brave New World meets Gladiator. Somehow though I don’t think the corporate superstate is going to be as benevolent as it is in the film, asking for obedience in exchange for peace and plenty; the real corporate state will impoverish the majority and enrich a tiny elite while also requiring obedience.