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I am Legend is a Sci-fi Post-apocalyptic Thriller film that was made and released in 2007. I am Legend was directed by Francis Lawrence who has also directed other films such as Water for Elephants. I am Legend was produced by five people Akiva Goldsman, David Heyman, James Lassiter, Neal H. Moritz and Tracy Torme. I am Legend is based on a book written by Richard Matheson, the book is also called I am Legend. I am legend was made on a budget of $150 million dollars but the film grossed well over $605 million dollars and so the film was a huge box office success. I am Legend is rated 7.1 out of 10 on the IMDB website and that is based on just over 234,000 votes.
Dr. Robert Neville (played by Will Smith) is the last healthy human on earth after Dr. Alice Krippin (played by Emma Thompson) created a variant of the measles to cure cancer, however the new cure mutated and turns into a giant virus pandemic which kills 90% of the human race and turns anyone who survives into darkseekers. Robert and his dog Samantha regularly go through New York trying to find supplies and he also creates a radio broadcast to tell any survivors to meet him. Robert now has to find survivors, fight darkseekers to survive and try to find a cure for the infected.
Will Smith as Dr. Robert Neville
Alice Braga as Anna
Charlie Tahan as Ethan
Abbey & Kona as Sam, the dog
Emma Thompson as Dr. Alice Krippin
Salli Richardson as Zoe Neville
Willow Smith as Marley Neville
Good points and Bad Points:
Animation wasn't really used in this film as it used CGI and special effects much more, and so I cannot comment about the animation. Now I don't know much about direction but I thought it was also very good with the use of different camera angles, also all the scenes ran well together, and the lighting was really good as well. I think it adds a good effect to the scenes and film and so good directing and brilliant Animation.
With this film being a futuristic sci-fi film I would expect CGI and special effects to be a big part of the film's production and it was but all of the CGI was to a very good standard and was very good indeed. The Special effects in the film also were very detailed and very realistic when it was used which also makes the film look better and in my opinion. The special effects weren't overused either which meant that the film relied more on other things like the story and acting which I thought made it a better film in general.
The picture quality was very good which is to be expected nowadays and so was the sound quality and so pretty much what I expected from a film that was released only a year ago. I also would like to mention how I thought that the sound was also very realistic and was impressed with how well everything, especially all of the fighting and explosions and so on. Because the film is 101 minutes long it is a long film but in my opinion I thought it was easily watchable and the film is very entertaining and the film's story doesn't fell stretched.
The acting was very good which is expected from such actors like Will Smith but all of the actors in general were very good and also I thought that it was good seeing the actors in new films that they have never been in anything like before and so the acting was first class. All of the Actors also managed very well to show their characters emotions and feelings and so I was very impressed with the acting. Every one of the actors was also very easy to understand and all of the actors spoke clearly.
The story is also well written and the film has a very good story. Many films in this genre are all the same with the last human survivor having to wipe out everything but I Am Legend has loads of original elements which make the story much better than the usual apocalyptic films and so this film has a lot to offer to a large audience. The story did have quite a few sub plots, but in my opinion the sub plots along with the main story were more than enough to make a good film and be entertaining. The story does start of slightly slow but does quickly turn much more faced past and very entertaining. The film is based on a book also called I am legend which was written by Richard Matheson and so the story was well adapted. The screenplay is as good as the story it's dramatic in places and it also has good dialogue. The story is also easily understood and isn't confusing.
There was a soundtrack in this film and it was very good, all of the songs fit the films dark and apocalyptic kind of story and all of the music was of a very high standard which is very good because sometimes the music in some scenes isn't as good as others but all the music in I Am Legend is very superb. The Music also created some suspense in the film when it was needed and also made the film more dramatic in places. The Music in this film was very good and it also fit the tone of the mood which also added to the overall effect of the movie. Overall a very good and entertaining soundtrack that fit the film perfectly.
I didn't really find any bad points with his film as I really enjoyed it, the story wasn't dragged out was very entertaining. At first the story is slow but very quickly turns much more fast paced and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Many people thought that there would be a prequel and there were many talks of being a prequel but there isn't going to be a prequel. There will however be another I am legend film but it will not be a prequel as far as the film studio has said. Will smith will reprise his role and so I am excited to see what they make of the new story.
Overall I really enjoyed watching I Am Legend and think that it was a very good film. The CGI and Special effects were amazing and weren't overused as well which made the film better in my opinion. The story and screenplay provided a very good story and the story is easily followed, it does start of slow but it does quickly pick up and becomes very entertaining and it does keep you on the edge of your edge of your seat. The sound track as I have previously mentioned I thought was superb and the actors all did an amazing job portraying their characters. Overall I really enjoyed watching I Am Legend and I could easily watch this film again and I highly recommend it. This film is rated 15 because of violence and other things.
5 Out of 5
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There's not a lot you can do with vampires, at least, not a lot that somebody else hasn't done before. That said, I Am Legend seems to breathe new life into the "doomsday scenario," even if it's the breath of 28 Days Later.
Based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name, I Am Legend is the tale of Robert Neville: a military virologist in a very unwelcoming city. What went wrong? The same thing that always goes wrong, of course. A highly experimental cure for cancer; killing billions and turning who's left into vampires, leaving Neville to roam the streets as a literal "one man and his dog."
On paper, it isn't the most sophisticated of stories. In fact, it's downright laughable. But director Francis Lawrence (Constantine) tackles it with confidence, creating a gem where he should've had coal. The eerie visuals of a Manhattan left to rot, abandoned jets, roaming deer. A man greeting mannequins, as if they were real. It all adds to the image of utter desolation, of loneliness, and of the last man alive, driven mad by exile.
Atmospherically, the film is perfection.
A further glint in this unexpected star is Will Smith, who pulls of this sombre role with great versatility. Gone are the days of Bel Air. Gone is the man who punched an alien in the face. Robert Neville is a survivor alone: practical, yet emotionally broken, under constant abuse at the claws of the infected. And still, even under this guise of misery, Smith has enough charm to maintain an interesting character, even if the closest thing he has to a foil is a German Sheppard.
Unfortunately, while I Am Legend is in many ways sublime, it is failed by the atrocious climax. The redemptive optimism of the finale clashes with the brutality of the movies tone, and smacks of "a good old Hollywood ending." This, combined with the flurry of explosions, and the last minute introduction of characters, makes I Am Legend feel like a film that has trundled along at a steady jog, before making a mad, hundred mile-an-hour dash for the finishing line.
Rest in peace, sweet pacing. You will be missed.
Francis Lawrence is not Danny Boyle (28 Days Later). Nor is he Alfonso Cuarón (Children Of Men). His vision may be apocalyptic, but it seems to lack consistency, which is the only real flaw in what could've been a doomsday great. That aside, I Am Legend remains a spectacular film. Not legendary, which it could've been, but certainly noteworthy.
Some may think this is a horror film but for me it was an action film. There aren't really any scary parts in the film, apart from one (which I won't ruin for you). Will Smith stars as a last survivor on New York, maybe even Earth after a zombie infection. However, there are other survivors that come in later on in the film. The zombies look scary and detailed and are not cartoonish. It's a very serious film and there is a lot of suspense.
The zombies can only come out at night so during the day, there isn't a lot of action and it just shows you his life. There are some flashbacks that show how the virus started and how he lost his family when trying to escape out of New York. The army failed to evacuate people properly and people turned into zombies and took over the world. The city is destroyed and the artwork is good. The effects are good too.
There is good acting in it and when action comes, it in intense and enjoying to watch. There isn't a lot of swearing, a medium amount of blood and is sometimes violent. He also has a dog as a companion along with him. He is trying to find a cure for the zombies. The sounds and music that plays through in the background is good and adds to the mood, which changes rapidly. There is also zombie dogs and the zombies are smart in it and play creepy ticks on him by moving manikins to trick him into thinking they were alive and real. Some parts are creepy and it's fascinating to watch the live of him alone. A good film with drama, action and zombies!
When i first heard about this film, i wanst totally overjoyed to want to watch it, but when i did finally watch it, i had rather mixed feeling about it. Over all i thought the film was really good, but when i thought about putting myself in that position it made me feel slightly depressed. A deathly virus is upon the city, and everyone must be evacuated, but Robert Neville (Will Smith) a scientist, risks his life and stays int he city to try and find a cure for the virus. He says an emotional farewell to his family, and is left with the Pet dog Sam for comfort who becomes Roberts best friend. The cure for cancer has gone wrong and its turned the people affected into deahtly beasts. so may thinbgs happen in this film that keeps you on the edge of yours seats. It tests your emotions to a level that i never thought possible. Does the vure get found before Robert runs out of time? this is one that you will definately have to watch. Have the tissues at the ready, for a man that would do any thing to save his country.
Firstly Im glad to see that im not the only person who has reviewed this film who thought it was relaly depressing. Maybe that was the whole idea of the film to mput the viewer in the main characters position of total isolation and make them feel liek crap. Or maybe im being to much of a media student about this.
Richard Matheson's wrote this novel in 1954 'I am Legend' has seen of couple of earlier film adaptitions, in 1964 'The Last Man on Earth' with the magnamanous Vincent price (yes he of hammer horror and house on haunted hill fame) playing the lead, and in 1971 as The Omega Man with Charlton Heston amazingly sporting a gun throughout the entire film, what surprise. So in 2007, it was will smiths turn to take the part of Dr Robert Neville this time witht he appropraie title, which I think is the best title.
Synopsis: Col (Dr) Robert Neville, is a Military viral biological scientist living in New York city with his family. A disease created by man to cure cancer has mutated and turns most fo the world population into pale, UV intolerant vampire zombie. They just eat you really. These 'Darkseekeres' as they are called, hunt down the last remaining survivors. In the case of New york city, that is Dr Neville, who by a marvelous stroke of luck is one of the few people immune to the virs (so he can be bitten) but not immune to having his head caved in by the beasts. Society and Government has long since broken down. And Neville has seen his family killed in a rushed helocopter evacuation. (I dont like the way Smith managed to get his daughter, willow, to play the little girl- one cant help thinking that he used it as an ultimatum to do the film and to get her career going !). Neville is alone,with all but his dog, which he reared from a pup to keep him cpompany. Nature has started to take back New York city and escaped zoo animals run free. Neville spends his day trying to contact survivors with his AM radio broadcast, playing golf off of the stern of a aircraft carrier and trying to find a cure for the virus using lab rats and the occasional captured human. Other then that he only has manneqins to keep him company, and every day seems to be losing a little bit more of himself. After a series of terribel events he is rescued form the clutched of the vampires thingies by a woman and her son, who like ina ll these films tell him of a place the infection cannot reach. Its now up to neville to escape the city, save the woman and her son and find a cure for the infection--- cancel my 3 o`clock !
Really this film should have been called I am pretty stupid..because other then losing his mind a bit every day, neville is doing OK. The whole series of bad events happen one day when he shoot sup one of his own dummies and knocks himself out with one of his own traps. After this the dominoes fall and things get progressively worse and worse.
The Monsters in this film are pretty cary, fast, strong and agile, they are lead by a sort of aplha male, ape hierarchy and are capable of organising themselves to some extent.
I think SMith did a good job, holding an audiances attention on screen for over an hour when your only only non CGI actor in the film is pretty tough ( see castaway) and I think the CGi of the animals and vampires is very good. Money saved form having no extras no doubt. But in the end I didnt feel sorry for Neville, I thought he was a bit a idiot hanging around a deeply populated centre where the vampires are...go out into the country man ! And so because I never felt anything for his character I remained emotionless.
But I still think the films is boring in parts, some scenes seem to drag and the film is just too long for whole 2-3 min scenes without any dialogue. Basically the fact he is on his own doesnt translate well onto film, it never does. The whole ridculousness that he is immune AND happens to be a virulogest (a pretty good one as he comes up wirth a cure) is just silly, But I should blame the book really.
This film would have been better recieved if it was the only like film in the genre, but Dawn of the Dead and the 28 days later films put it to shame.
When I first heard about the movie I thought it was a disaster movie but wasn't entirely sure what it was about. The suspense of Will Smith being a lone survivor in NYC was somewhat interesting, but this film tries to be too many things at once and the result is none of them.
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
Humanity thought they could cure cancer by harbouring measles. "Imagine a very fast car being driven on a highway by a bad man. Replace the bad man with a cop, and you have a different picture." (An analogy of what they had done) Three years later, this disease mutated into both airborne and contact strains which caused rabies-like symptoms in both animals and Humans.
Doctor Robert Neville (Will Smith), immune to this disease, remains in NYC to try to find a cure, his only companion being his dog (apparently canines are only affected by the contact strain). Battling mutants, raiding houses for food and talking to mannequins puts strain on his mentality. Just as he reaches breaking point, when he thinks he has lost everything, he is given a sign of hope.
The beginning of the movie attempts to bring suspense- dragging out Neville and Dog's relationship in this barren city, but instead bores and confuses. Whilst it adds to the psychological development of Neville, it doesn't make good cinema. The point when we discover that Human mutants existed turned the movie into a "Zombie" movie (expect loud jumps).
Whilst withholding information from the audience can be used to great effect, I'd much rather the film just lay down all its cards at the beginning. Neville's flashbacks of his family were rather predictable, however provided enjoyment for the most part during the boring scenes at the beginning.
As Neville loses everything, even nearly his sanity, he is given a sign of hope. At this point in the movie, themes such as hope, faith and religion is introduced. This definitely works in the context of the movie, but the discussion is interrupted which leaves these topics hanging and somewhat unresolved until the end.
The ending definitely had symbolism. Whilst these may be far fetched, the idea of one man dying to save everyone else, believing that there is a plan, trusting without "evidence" that people are out there etc etc... in a world dominated by "evil". The idea of curing disease and instead causing mutations resemble ideas from The Tower of Babel. So what is this film trying to get at?
Is it a film about dogs being man's best friend, or his relationship with the dog? Is it a mutant/zombie movie? Is it a virus pandemic movie (like Outbreak) or an apocalyptic movie (Day after tomorrow)? Is it even a religious movie however far fetched? Had the film been more focused on any one of these aspects throughout, it would've been far more successful.
Will Smith- Robert Neville
Alice Braga- Anna
Charlie Tahan- Ethan
Also stars Willow Smith, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Dash Mihok.
Will Smith brings again a hint of comedy to this movie which I thought is done well, though somewhat overacted. His daughter (who looks identical to Jaden at this point) plays his daughter in the movie getting like two minutes of screen time- she doesn't use her opportunity wisely, though now she has a music career ahead of her (she's nine)!
The dog I have to say is a star. The movements are so personified and you can get a real sense of character from it. Even its whines were appropriate. If only there was an Oscar for animals...
The movie touches on many aspects of different genres but doesn't remain consistent and the result is all over the place. There are nice themes such as relationships and faith embedded but the inclusion of raging zombies kinds of makes this too corny. Either full on raging zombies without the serious stuff or make the zombies more "ill" opposed to cannibalistic. The beginning was extremely boring but it picked up near the end.
Apparently a prequel will be made, scheduled for 2013. Hmm...
A lone Will Smith shares an empty New York with some scary mutated folk, who aren't partial to sunlight but are pretty nippy and have sore tempers. Cue a tight zombie-esque film with spatterings of vampire inspired stay-in-the-sun-fun, sprinkled with your basic apocalypse survivor bleakness.
This isn't a new concept, but its ace is the premise that Will Smith's Robert Neville is the last man standing, left to face - and attempt to resolve - terrifying science mistakes. A tip of the hat to Big Willie, then, for managing to carry the film almost entirely on his own. When considering that his only real interaction is with an Alsatian or scary things that roar, it's impressive that Will is entirely watchable throughout, never losing the audience's attention or his own credibility, even when singing Bob Marley to a dog.
Legend also wins when it side-steps the clichés, shoving in some dark plot points and tackling our hero's crumbling sanity (he likes mannequins... and Shrek). But in avoiding some clichés, it manages to blunder straight into others, and if you've seen one or more of the zombie efforts from the 28 Days/Weeks and Resident Evil franchise, to the likes of Romero and Shaun, then you'll be able to guess many of the film's next steps. Not all of them, mind. But most.
Still, considering this is from Francis Lawrence, the director of Constantine (the equivalent of excitable chatter from an imaginative but slightly stupid teenage boy) I Am Legend is a pretty good effort. Nicely paced, action gently handled instead of shaky quick-edit "excitement", and some scenes that were scary enough to make you jump. It's also nice to see a film that can create tension, fear and shock without relying on buckets of gore, although it perhaps relied a little too heavily on average CGI (someone spent all their budget clearing New York, me thinks...)
Warner Bros. Pictures presents I Am Legend.
A Weed Road / Overbrook Entertainment production.
Produced by Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, David Heyman and Neal Moritz.
Directed by- Francis Lawrence
Genre- Action & Adventure
I Am Legend is a film of survival and is based on the novel by Richard Matheson.
The still lovable and ever-talented Will Smith plays our main character Robert Neville, a military virologist, who is the last man in Manhattan.
A cure for cancer is found by scientists but this has drastic consequences, as this causes an unstoppable virus to break out, leading to humans turning into mutant plague victims.
Robert Neville is somehow immune to the virus and is the planet's last and best hope to finding a cure, using his own immune blood.
What I really love about this film, other than Will Smith playing the main character, is the setting, a completely abandoned and desolated New York City made extra special and believable by the excellent special effects. This setting kind of reminded me of the beginning of 28 Days Later, where the main character begins the story in a desolated London.
I think this works so well because it really makes you think of all the things you would do if you were left alone in NYC!
The film itself is quite an emotional story as we follow Neville and his faithful companion, his dog Sam, in the struggle against finding the cure to the virus and then barricading themselves in their home every night, as this is when the creatures come out.
I think that Will Smith does such an excellent job portraying such a lonely man, especially when he talks to mannequins!
I think the film as a whole is great but the ending could be better. I would like to have seen a more thoughtful ending and maybe less predictable ending.
Hurray! A cure for cancer. That's the most beneficial scientific breakthrough the human race could experience right? Wrong.
I Am Legend (adapted from the book by Richard Matheson, written in 1954) opens with the default stuffy but brainy Britt Emma Thompson playing a doctor, explaining in an interview how she has cured cancer by creating a vaccine based on the measles virus. We then jump to 3 years in the future, to see Manhattan completely left to ruin. You can't help but be impressed by the sheer logistics of what the production team have achieved here. New York is turned into a wasteland, with weeds overtaking the streets and posters for popular stage shows being left to blow in the breeze, with not a soul in sight. Until we meet Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville, played by the ever lovable gangly but gorgeous Will Smith.
In a (some might say crazily) serendipitous twist of fate, Neville happens to be the only human left alive in NYC. He is also a virologist with his own fully kitted out underground lab; where he tries to cure the virus which has killed 90% of the population of earth and left the remainder either naturally immune, or transformed into blood sucking zombies who chow down on their compatriots.
Most zombie films closely follow the same well worn but well loved plot- the zombies are made with the resulting shock of the survivors ("Aunty Gladys why are you eating me?") the survivors band together and battle through to a 'safe' place (one of them getting bitten on the way and humanely or not so humanely put down) then they barricade themselves in, fight amongst themselves and eventually are overcome. This film jumps past this part of the plot to find out what happens after it has all turned sour and the zombies have completely taken over. Another way in which the plot differs is that there seems to be a blurring between vampire folklore here- the zombies can only come out at night and are virulently allergic to sunlight. Therefore, Neville can walk about freely during the day.
Neville is a likeable guy, as with all of Will Smith's characters. We see him and his faithful dog wandering around Manhattan, hunting the deer which are roaming the streets, playing golf, chatting to his mannequin mates, and going to the office each day- a desk on the port where Neville has explained in a radio transmission he will meet any other survivors. At dusk him and Sam the dog hotfoot it home to barricade themselves in.
I won't spoil the plot by explaining it anymore, but there are some below the belt emotional punches as we move forward and flash back to how Neville loses his loved ones and then goes on to try to either kill or cure the infected humans. The end of the film differs greatly from the book, in which there was much more of a struggle with the morality of the new breed of humans. In the film we see glimpses of humanity in the leader, but there is no struggle with how the human race has 'evolved' into something different and how perhaps Neville's efforts to restore them to what they were make him the antagonist. Instead of this interesting concept, we get brain dead zombies who are cast in the Bad Guy role that Hollywood loves so much, and an admittedly not as schmaltsy as usual ending, but one which conforms to protocol none the less.
I couldn't help but feel this film could have been so much more. Will Smith was the perfect actor to bring ambiguity into the role, whilst still remaining a likeable guy. Instead, the ending feels like it was written quickly after test audiences rejected the more intricate dilemmas.
Saying that, there are some great moments of tension where I shouted at the screen, and some really emotionally involving scenes.
The extras include some animated comics (in part developed by Will's wife Jada Pinkett-Smith), which depict what happens elsewhere in the world. These were ok, the artwork was quite interesting, but the writing didn't really inspire me and leave me thrilled. They could so easily have moved the film forward into something great, but instead seemed like a little side project which didn't quite meet it's potential.
Will Smith for me normally gives solid performances in the majority of the movies he appears in and the casting of him in the main role in this movie - I am Legend was a brainwave as he's perfect for the character.
Will Smith in this film plays Dr. Robert Neville who is the last person on Earth. He lives in New York City in the aftermath of a virus that killed everyone and the only other living creature he has for company is his dog. There are wild animals roaming about as well or mutants that have been infected and changed by the virus. The story follows his quest to find a cure for the virus that as far as he is concerned killed mankind.
Dr. Robert Neville has made himself a life if you can call it that in what remains of New York City. He has a very lonely existence talking to Sam, his dog and watching some old news broadcasts. He visits his local video store and other routine things in his crazy existence. However, after the sun sets he has to lock himself away to avoid being found by hungry mutants.
He has decided it's his responsibility to find a cure for the mutants and this virus. He was one of the military medical personnel in charge during the intitial infection and feels he is party to blame for not stopping it.
I am Legend is a fantastic piece of filmaking and focuses on Neville and his motivations for finding a cure, whether they be guilt or boredom at being stuck all alone on this planet that has been wiped out by this virus. It turns into an effective action thriller that has you on the edge of your seat. It also is a bit depressing to see the decay and destruction of human civilization.
Will Smith does an excellent job portraying his character and this is a movie well worth watching..you won't be disappointed as I wasn't.
I Am Legend is a 2007 scientific-horror film, starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaption of the novel, also titles I Am Legend.
I have watched this film three times now, and probably enjoyed slightly more on each occasion.
The basis of the film, is that a cure for cancer was created, which has mutilated into a vicious virus that has wiped out the entire city, if not world. However, Robert Neville, portrayed by Will Smith, appears to be the last man alive, due to the fact that he is immune to the virus.
Neville, along with his dog, Samantha, spends part of his days testing on infected animals, trying to find a cure for the virus, in his laboratory. He also broadcasts a message on the radio, daily, in hope of discovering some fellow survivors.
Those who were not immune to the virus, degenerated into strong, pale, monsters, otherwise known as "Darkseekers", who killed those immune to the disease. Of course, Robert Neville survived as he has protected himself greatly.
THE INTRIGUING-NESS OF THE FILM
I found the idea of the whole city being deserted, with just one man and his dog remaining, along with a whole bunch of gruesome creatures fascinating. A fairly similar concept to the film/games of the Silent Hill series. There is something about the emptiness, and fear of this, that really keeps me hooked. (If you know of any other films with a similar kind of 'last man remaining in an empty city' theme, please let me know!).
COMEDY MOMENTS OF WILL SMITH'S PERFORMANCE
There are several moments, where Will Smith brings comedy to the somewhat chilling atmosphere of the film. For example, small moments, when is telling off his dog, Sam, for not eating her vegetables, along with talking to the mannequins. Another particularly amusing point in the film, is when he is reciting the words to a scene of Shrek. These comedic moments are something that I'm guessing would not be part of the previous adaptions of the novel, and are a great addition.
As well as these amusing sections, there are sad moments. However, discussing them would be huge spoilers!
The scariest moments in the film are when the Darkseekers are lurking around, waiting to attack, and there are a few shocking moments when the jump out from nowhere, and take Neville by surprise.
The Darkseekers were created will, in my opinion. They are large, strong, and have angry facial expressions. Not something that would be pleasant to come across in the dark!
There is generally a low-level of music in the film, apart from suspenseful, empty sounds, which help to build up the atmosphere. The main music heard is diagetic (from within the film), played by Neville on his sound system. As the film goes on, we learn that he is a big Bob Marley fan, and is inspired by his music.
I Am Legend has a good storyline, although many do complain the ending is a little weak. I personally think it is a reasonable end to the film, and a fairly positive one too.
I am considering reading the novel, written way back in 1951, and perhaps watching the other two adaption of it, made in 1964, and 1971. Despite there not being much action in it, the camera work, scenery and sounds create a suspenseful, and sometimes even energetic feel. As I mentioned before, the idea of the film intrigues me.
I Am Legend stars Will Smith in a kind of post apocalyptic type blockbuster film. Set in an eerily quiet and deserted Manhattan Will Smith plays the character Robert Neville who is one of the last few survivors of a deadly virus that has ravaged the city and world. He is immune to the virus and spends a good deal of his time searching for a vaccine and trying to find a cure.
Some of the deserted scenes in New York is very scary and the film seemingly closed off major Manhattan sites to make this as realistic as possible.
With just his trusty dog for company he roams the city sending out radio messages desperately trying to contact any other survivors. Although he is not entirely alone as the city after dark and in the dark recesses of New York plays host to mutant vampirish style monsters which are out to get him.
The film is attention grabbing throughout which is even more impressive when Will Smith is the sole focus and only person on screen for most of it. It has you on the edge of your seats at times and peeking through your fingers at other times.
With a run time of 96 minutes, it is by film standards these days quite short but does not suffer from its length if anything it means that there is no unnecessary padding. I don't want to spoil the ending for you so will not reveal any more of the plot but suffice to say this is an excellent film and definitely worth a watching. Will Smith plays an impressive role as always, he is seemingly one of the few big stars nowadays that can guarantee the box office hits and returns, and this film certainly shows why - he can act!
You can purchase the DVD for £4.98 from Amazon though the RRP is £19.99.
For a couple of years I avoided watching I Am Legend purely because of the one man and his dog element, you often find if there's a faithful animal involved the animal isn't going to make it to the end of the film and I find that upsetting even though I know it's just a film. However recently we joined lovefilm.com and this was one of my partner's choices so a couple of weeks ago I ended up watching it after all.
Like alot of women, and men actually, I love Will Smith. He's usually excellent in all roles he takes and can easily hold a film on his own. This film is situated in New York City where Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the sole survivor after a cancer cure went wrong and turned the majority of the population into what can only be described as vampire type creatures. He is immune and spends his time trying to find a cure, he's a scientist in this film so very little humour is allowed. The vampire type population can only come outside in the dark and are fiercely violent, screeching their way around the streets at night causing mayhem and looking for people to kill. Robert Neville thinks he is the only survivor but tries to contact any other survivors each day using a radio broadcast when the "sun is high in the sky".
His faithful dog Sam is always at his side, they do everything together and huddle in the bath with a gun when it gets dark. I knew this would be a bad thing the second I started watching and I'm not spoiling anything by saying there's heartbreak along the way.
The story of his family's death is told in a series of flashbacks which worked ok but it took a while to actually understand what happened to them. Unfortunately for us the copy we rented kept jumping and it was during these flashbacks that it mostly happened so we had to keep rewinding and trying to get bits to play to figure out what happened there.
The concept is a good one but somehow I found the film rather bleak and depressing. I know it wasn't supposed to be a light-hearted comedy affair but the desperation of the situation and Neville's restricted life isn't particularly appealing. The vampire people are very disturbing, especially as there is vampire dogs too although it does take a while before we see any of them. The depressing aspect of the film isn't the fault of Will Smith it's the storyline in general, Will Smith probably does a better job than most would have with what he was given.
There is one moment of horror movie stupidity where Neville does something that you just wouldn't do in order to lead onto part of the storyline and these stupid acts annoy me if I'm honest! I can see how they keep the story moving along but you just know if it was you you just wouldn't have done that. There are a few moments that make you jump too and another moment where Neville is injured where I got irritated because what happened didn't need to, that's all I can say without giving away alot of the plot.
The film isn't too bad considering Will Smith is the only actor who's totally human for the majority of it and he does manage to keep the film ticking along without it becoming boring but we're used to seeing him bounce off other people and obviously with this film it couldn't happen. I'm not really a fan of one man films as situations have to be very contrived to get to the conclusion and this was no exception.
The ending is fairly predictable but equally depressing and I actually wished I hadn't watched this film at all. I was right not to be keen and I didn't really enjoy it, for me it would have been better if there hadn't been a dog to worry about!
Apparently this is a remake of the 1971 film The Omega Man but I haven't actually seen the original so can't really comment. We didn't check for extras as we were both feeling a bit bleak by the end of it and couldn't wait to turn it off and get something more cheerful on the T.V. It is a 15 certificate and I think that's fair.
We rented our copy but if you wanted to buy it it is available for £4.98 from Amazon or just under £2 used on Amazon Marketplace but I would recommend renting and not buying.
Starring Will Smith this is the apocalyptic movie 2007 that is a remake of the movies The last man on earth 1964 and The Omega man 1971.
Based on the book of the same name by Richard Matheson.
The population was given a cure for cancer (the wonder drug) but is mutates and brings about mans demise.
The movie is about the spread of this virus that is untreatable and effects the human population by killing most of them but the ones that are not killed are turned into Zombie like creatures with super strength.
They are not able to venture out in sunlight which is always a bonus when you are the last man left alive on the planet or are you?
Will Smith(Robert Neville) plays a U.S Army scientist who had a wife and daughter but while he tried to ensure their escape from the affected area they were killed so he lives in their house with the family dog while trying to find a cure for the diesease that has ravaged the human population.
Smith has his own purpose built lab beneath his house and captures the odd zombie every now and then to do tests on them.
Smith sends out a message on the radio every day hoping that he really is not the sole survivor.
Some great scenes of a totaly desserted New York and a great soundtrack as well.
A real reminder to these mad scientists to stop messing with nature, as if they ever listen anyway.
I love this movie and found it better on the second watch.
Available for £4.98 from Amazon U.K with free super saver delivery and a running time of 96 minutes.
Imagine a world populated only by Will Smith, his dog and a host of blood-sucking Anne Robinson lookalikes. Oh and it's all Emma Thompson's fault!
That is the nightmare vision set out in I Am Legend, directed by Francis Lawrence. Part sci-fi, part horror, the film is based on Richard Matheson's post-apocalyptic 1954 book about the last man alive on earth.
Thompson's character, Dr Crippin (why not call her Dr Death for God's sake!), has created a cure for cancer. Unfortunately for mankind, the 'cure' has a rather disastrous side-effect - namely, it turns 98 per cent of the world's population into corpses or super-agile, bloodthirsty vampires (who'd have thought it!).
The remaining two per cent who are immune to the contagious disease include Smith's character Robert Neville who naturally become fishbait for the swarm of night-stalking bloodsuckers. Only government scientist Neville appears to have the ability to stay alive. But it's lonely at the top, as Neville discovers as he looks for a cure to "the cure" amid the backdrop of a deserted New York.
Hunting for CGI deer in the middle of Times Square (really!) during the day and hiding in his house at night for three years certainly takes its toll on Neville, who with only his dog and a clutch of Bob Marley CDs for company unsurprisingly descends into madness.
He chats up mannequins; he learns all the words to Shrek and most surprisingly for the ever-chirpy Smith, he manages only one wisecrack throughout the entire film.
Another surprise is that despite its obvious similarities with 28 Days Later, I Am Legend is a far slower-paced and darker film. Rather more predictably, however, the over-use of CGI means Lawrence's post-New York is far more cartoonish than Danny Boyle's London.
However, Smith, despite clearly struggling to look miserable, gives a decent performance as the guilt-ridden scientist struggling to come up with a cure.
A good addition to anyone Big Will saves the world again film collection!