‘Legion’ and ‘Tooth Fairy’ wing it

Jan. 12, 2010 | 6:04 p.m.


We couldn’t help but notice that here in the City of Angels a lot of the billboards along the freeways these days seem to be living up to the civic nickname. Tough guys, it appears, wear feathers. Now both “Legion,” on the left with Paul Bettany, and “The Tooth Fairy,” on the right with Dwayne Johnson, have a wing, but do either of these Jan. 22 releases have a prayer?

“Legion,” which also stars Dennis Quaid and Doug Jones, appears to be the first shoot-’em-up seraphim movie in the history of Hollywood. When God finally loses faith in humanity (it was probably all the reality TV shows), he sends down his angelic legion to bring on the apocalypse. Bettany is the archangel Michael who makes a final stand for mankind with a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner. Scott Stewart makes his feature-film directorial debut with the movie.

“The Tooth Fairy” finds Johnson back in his now-familiar role as a brawny tough guy who learns valuable life lessons from youngsters in need of a big friend. In “The Game Plan,” he was a self-possessed pro football player who unexpectedly became a parent. In “Race to Witch Mountain,” he was a loner cabbie who became the reluctant protector of two alien kids. In “The Tooth Fairy,” he’s a surly hockey player whose bad deeds earn him a one-week tour of duty as the tooth fairy. Seriously. Expect a lot of dental humor. The indestructible Julie Andrews and “Little Miss Sunshine’sAbigail Breslin costar.

Oh, by the way, have you heard about Johnson’s most recently announced project? It’s an action thriller called “City of Angels.”

— Geoff Boucher

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One Response to ‘Legion’ and ‘Tooth Fairy’ wing it

  1. Marcela says:

    Quite honest, I have my hopes up for Legion. Paul Bettany is good, and I am a fan of Doug Jones. I also happen to enjoy "God is tired of mankind" kind of movies.
    On the other hand… Dwayne Johnson… He already played a (very) similar character on "The Game Plan". I know somebody's got to make that sort of family feature, but why do they keep bringing in the action star to do so? It's like Vin Diesel's "The Pacifier" (terrible, terrible movie). Besides, the whole premise appears to me as being just another lame take into the whole "tough people own hearts too". I bet there are better scripts out there that go along those lines and still may remain a family feature.
    The two things that strike me the most when seeing those posters: Michael's gun and The Rock's ice skates.

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