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I Am Legend (DVD)
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I Am Legend (DVD)
Advantages: Will Smith, good jumpy moments
Disadvantages: Special effects, not as well done as it could be
Francis Lawrence (Constantine)
Will Smith (Independence Day, I Robot)
Plot (Contains slight spoilers):
The film starts with a TV clip of Emma Thompson as famous scientist Dr Crippin, who announces that she has found a cure for cancer - in the form of virus. Cut to three years later - everyone in the World, except Robert Neville (Will Smith) and his dog Sam.
They patrol the streets of New York hunting for deer and trying to avoid the animals that are roaming the city, presumably escaped from the zoo.
We follow his life - going to the video store, waiting for survivors to meet him and playing golf. Then going home and bolting his windows when it got dark.
So he isn't alone - but what is it out there? Well it turns out that whilst most people just died because of the virus some evolved into violent zombie like monsters who can not go out in light because it burns their skin.
Oh and they eat humans.
So Robert must keep out of the way of these monsters whilst working on a cure.
Now don't get me wrong - I love Will Smith and I believed he only picked good films. I Robot - brilliant, Independence Day - classic and I will gloss over Wild Wild West. Understandably I was quite looking forward to this. The trailers looked great and the concept of the last man on the planet looked like it could be very good.
However nowhere does this say it is a zombie movie - in fact the American version of 28 days later (I know it was a book before and was probably written before that came out.)
The special effects are honestly quite poor for todays age and the animals are clearly not there - as with the monsters.
On the plus side it is real jump out of your seat scary at times and Will Smith does what he does best - the all American hero trying to save the World. You can identify with his anguish and slight nuttiness after being on his own for 3 years and there is one moment which is genuinely heart wrenching.
But there is one sequence with a Shrek film which actually made me cringe.
Also the city scapes are pretty impressive and it is quite odd to see New York completely empty with only animals roaming and grass growing through the roads.
I think the premise of the story is a good one, it just isn't very well executed - we learn the back story of the virus and about Robert's family through dream flashbacks, and they portray a real sense of pre-apocalyptic fear and could have done with a few more to explain why Robert was so determined to find a cure.
if you need a Will Smith or zombie fix go back and watch I Robot or 28 Days Later.
Overall I would say wait for the DVD release and rent it!
Summary: Wait for it on DVD or sky