Today's DVDs: Good Actors In Bad Movies -- Legion, Edge of Darkness and Daybreakers
In Legion Paul Bettany is the angel Michael. He's come to earth to save an infant child from God's wrath (seem God is pretty disappointed in the human race and is going to wipe people off the planet -- again).
As always, Bettany is eye-catching on screen. Bible-savvy viewers will have to ignore lots of incongruencies in the story. (For example, how can an angel try to pull one over on an all-knowing God? Wouldn't God know what Michael was up to from the get-go and squash all his attempts to save the child?)
Mel Gibson is back on the big screen for the first time in eight years in the thriller Edge of Darkness. Gibson is Boston detective Tom Craven, who loses his daughter, twenty-something Emma (played by Bojana Novakovic) in a drive-by shooting during the first few minutes of the film.
Since Tom is a cop, everyone assumes he was the target and Emma was hit by mistake, but Tom starts digging and discovers she was the intended.
Seems Emma, an environmental activist, had uncovered some wrongdoing by a corporation manufacturing nuclear weapons.
As Tom gets closer and closer to the truth, he's poisoned with a radioactive agent by the same people responsible for killing Emma. That slows him down, but he keeps digging, eventually connecting the murder to the head of the corporation and a national politico. From there it's a race against time -- can Tom prove the company's criminal activities before he succumbs to the radiation or will what he knows die with him?
Rounding out the trio of today's releases is Daybreakers, with vampires and humans in an end of the world face-off. Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, Daybreakers is set in the near future. A pandemic disease has turned most humans into vampires. With fewer and fewer humans around to supply fresh blood, vampires turn to Bromley Marks, a pharmaceutical company, headed by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill).
Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a vampire and a scientist working on a blood substitute but what he finds instead is a cure for vampirism. The trouble is the vampires don't seem to want to be cured. The pharmaceutical company that's making big money off the blood hungry vampires doesn't want them cured either. None of which makes Edward very popular. And when you're surrounded by thirsty vamps and cutthroat corporate execs, being unpopular can be deadly.