An out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in humankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring the Apocalypse. Humanity’s only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner with the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany). Directed by Scott Stewart, a first-time filmmaker better know for his visual effects work in movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Night at the Museum” and “Iron Man.”
Rating: 4 out of 10
This movie has some great pieces in place. Personally, I like the idea of angels coming to wipe out mankind of behalf of God, whose had enough of our crap.
There are some really solid actor in this cast, too, like Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton and Tyrese Gibson, who all gave a solid performances. Bettany plays Angel Michael well as a loyal-to-the-fault angel who is spurning God’s wishes and attempting to save humanity. He is, along with a group of others, protecting Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) who is pregnant. She’s not sure who the father is, smokes, and works at the diner where they all meet. She’s not particularly likable, but that’s not the goal. The goal is to protect this baby because it will save humanity from the apocalypse that is happening all around. Angels are possessing people, turning them into zombie-like creatures that kill people.
The problem this movie has is it never answers anything. I don’t mind being left with questions. Good movies often do. But everything about this was vague. We don’t know why the baby has to live. When that’s the focus of the film, you should probably give the audience a clue. The film also doesn’t know what it wants to be — a zombie flick, or a religious epic. It’s not all that scary, either. The films visuals and effects are excellent. It’s writing, not so much.