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I Am Legend

538 Ratings: 2.1
The 2007 Francis Lawrence-directed film based on the novel of the same name and starring Will Smith.

In I AM LEGEND, Will Smith joins the ranks of Vincent Price (in 1964's THE LAST MAN ON EARTH) and Charlton Heston (in 1971's OMEGA MAN) as the star of an adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name. Often surprising in its … see full wiki

Director: Francis Lawrence
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: December 14, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
28 reviews about I Am Legend
review by . October 25, 2010
Not Quite Legendary But A Good Re-Imagining of The Concept....
I AM LEGEND is a post-apocalyptic disaster film that is another attempt at adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel back in the early `50's. The first adaptation being "The Last Man on Earth" (1964) with Vincent Price and the cheesy but entertaining "Omega Men" (1971) with Charlton Heston. Being a remake, "I am Legend" leaves a lot to be desired with the unpredictability factor. However, with the current evolution in CGI effects, expectations would be …
review by . November 17, 2010
In just a couple of years, cancer will be cured via a mutated version of the measles virus...reprogrammed to destroy cancer. Yet just three years after that, mankind will be all but extinct, as the virus has mutated yet again to where it either kills the person carrying it or turns that person into a type of light-fearing zombie set on eating living flesh of any kind. In Manhattan, the lone "normal" survivor is Dr. Robert Neville, who coincidentally was the military scientist who was madly …
review by . May 13, 2008
I wasn't sure what to expect going into "I Am Legend", but I can say that I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.  It's almost like it is two movies -- Act I is "Last Man on Earth", Act II is the "horror" part.  Without going into details, the movie really pulls you in and forces you to imagine how YOU would handle being without any other human contact.  Despite the horror movie label, Will Smith does an excellent job of acting without the support of other actors to interact with.  I …
review by . November 16, 2009
Will Smith saves the World from bad CGI.
   I dig on Will Smith. The dude has more onscreen charisma than a dude with lots of onscreen charisma. Yessir, the guy is a genuine, mega-buck making, sooper star.   He is garnering his earnings, by providing us simple entertainment, where he saves the world.   A lot.   And we lap it up.      But he couldn't save this remake of the 1971, Charlton Heston Classic, The Omega Man.      The story focuses on Dr. …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
I couldn't imagine how they'd make a movie of this. Really loved the book. Really didn't think it could be done. But it's good. Changes things, but it works.
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
i was so sad about the dog! another movie to prove will smith's acting skills. hes alone in the majority of the scenes and hes still great!
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Decent movie, didn't follow the book though
review by . July 15, 2009
I Am Legend is a famous book by Richard Matheson.  The book has been adapted a couple of times.  The version starring Will Smith is the most recent.  However, I still have a love of the one starring Vincent Price (although that movie was called "The Last Man on Earth").  The version starring Will Smith is actually the first adaptation to actually use the name of Matheson's book.  Will Smith gives a good performance, although there are some things that can …
review by . December 15, 2009
I love zombies and I love Will Smith. That said, this was still a top of the line zombie movie (which isn't easy!), and Smith was at his best. I cry every time I watch this (when he parts with his family and the dog scene). The special effects are top notch and the story is good, gripping, depressing and hopeful. A must see for everyone! Even those who don't love zombies or Will Smith! But really, how can you not?
Quick Tip by . November 16, 2009
Could have been great. Too bad it feels like you are watching a cut scene from a video game
review by . May 01, 2009
I read I Am Legend when I was still at school, and it left me shell-shocked. The twist-ending concept used in Fight Club and The Sixth Sense is infinitely more effective in book form, and I found myself thinking about it for weeks. I won't spoil it here, but believe me it's a good one, and completely explains the title (which on my library-abused copy, looked like an extra space had crept in - I am Leg End?).  Matheson's book had the hell kicked out of it in the super-cheesy Omega Man …
review by . December 19, 2008
DVD
In 2009, a vaccine for cancer caused a virus that turned nearly all of the people on earth into rabid, blood-thirsty, zombies. It is now 2012, and as far as Robert Neville (Will Smith) knows, he and his trusty dog are the only uninfected creatures in New York City. He spends his days watching DVDs, driving the deserted streets hunting for deer, and working in his laboratory, trying to find a cure for this horrible virus. No matter what, he has to be home by sundown, because that's when the zombies …
review by . February 04, 2009
So, I just got around to watching I am Legend for the first time and I have to say that for the most part I enjoyed it. Will Smith did a fantastic job and I'm not sure if anyone else but Will Smith could have done this. Having to be the only actor on set (for most of the film) had to be incredibly hard and I really respect that. However, there were some things I would have done differently...    For example; I really digged the flashbacks, but I think there needed to be more …
review by . April 10, 2009
The special effects of this movie are amazing and Will Smith puts in the performance of his career as Robert Nevell, a survivor of a virus who drives around Manhattan shooting at deer and visiting the video store by day. At night, he and his dog are locked in their apartment while crazed creatures (a la Dawn of the Dead) run amok outside.     The movie never gets boring and there are several bone chilling scarry parts. Smith takes Nevell's character way beyond Matheson's novelette …
review by . April 30, 2009
I Am Legend is a terrible and loose adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel.  Everything that made the novel dark, creepy and chilling is missing from this movie.  The filmmakers have turned a classic modern day horror film and ruined it.  They should have called it Omega Man 2 or something but not I Am Legend.  If you want to watch a better version of the novel then go out and get a copy of Last Man on Earth.  It's a more faithful adaptation of the book.  By no means …
review by . October 29, 2008
I Am Legend - Movie
Colonel Robert Neville, also a doctor, is the last man alive in New York City. He broadcasts daily on AM radio asking for people to meet up with him at what looks to be an old naval base by the water. Neville and his German Shepherd Sam show up everyday looking for other survivors of the virus, named KV. Once thought to be the cure for cancer, the engineered virus mutated and spread airborne, killing people and radically altering those who didn't die into zombie-like, mindless beings.     Nevill …
review by . March 27, 2009
I've always love Will Smith's movies. "I am Legend" isn't that bad of a movie overall, but I thought I was still expecting more out of Smith's movies. The ideas of the movie, in which he is the only one at the town of the dead, is good, but the ending wasn't fun. There's some actions, but not enough actions.  
review by . November 15, 2008
If you've read The Road by Cormac McCarthy, or the book on which this movie is based, or the other two movies inspired by the book, then you're already familiar with the post-apocalyptic theme of this movie. Robert Neville (Will Smith) and his dog are home alone in New York City, after a cancer cure goes very, very wrong.     Did I say "alone"? My bad. Also inhabiting the Big Apple are mutated creatures that once were human, but have been changed by the virus into CGI nocturnal …
review by . February 27, 2009
I went into watching I Am Legend unsure about whether or not I was going to be impressed.  At first, I thought "oh great, Will Smith thinks he's Tom Hanks and wants to pull off the 'look at me, I can star in a one-person movie too'".   Well, I was just as impressed with Smith's performance as I was with Hanks' in Cast Away.      Parts of this movie were so incredibly sad and others were inspirational, while others were action-packed and tense.      De …
review by . December 10, 2008
After making it threw the previews I recall asking "what movie are we here to watch?" I think that was the way I felt after watching this "left me jumpy" movie. Will Smith does take ownership of his role in this film and does a great job for the first portion where he is the only "living" thing with whom we connect.    Director Francis Lawrence does a great job of presenting a post-apocolyptic time where Smith is the last man standing in New York and trying to find a cure to …
review by . December 09, 2008
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I couldn't wait to go see it. There was this captivating mystery of wanting to find out why Will Smith was the only person left on earth. To be honest, my interest faded when I heard that the movie had zombie-like creatures in it. Yet, being the Will Smith fan I am, minus Wild, Wild West, I went to go see it, and was not at all disappointed. I in fact loved it so much, that I went out and bought it on DVD.    If you like movies that have …
review by . December 23, 2008
I Am Legend is another action flick release by Will Smith. This time Mr. Smith stars as Robert Neville, a US military scientist who helped create a virus-based vaccine against cancer that ends up becoming contagious, spreading to the entire human population, killing of 90% of humans, and turning most of the survivors into cannibalistic, light-hating creatures; i.e. vampire - zombies called Darkseekers. Most of the movie takes place in New York City, specifically in Neville's town home, and in the …
review by . July 02, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
It's always a risk reviewing films that were based on books. Especially the ones that have a huge fan base that the fans really really love. Now, I never read I am legend but Will Smith is an amazing actor and one of the best, so I had to see this. I Am Legend is very simple, it almost even reminds you of Cast Away though there're more people or should I say creatures in this film.     Robert Neville is a Virologist Lieutenant Colonel for the U.S. Army. In an early scene in the …
review by . June 10, 2008
I Am Legend
I think this movie has a hard plot to produce in such a way that is entertaining and exciting without being boring and too dragged out and watered down with gory scenes of zombies and unrealness.  In this case, Will Smith plays an excellent role in portraying the last man on Earth, living in an abandoned New York City.  But as childish and unrealistic the previews made the movie seem, I actually enjoyed the way it unfolded - just because I'm not sure what other actor could have done a …
review by . April 27, 2008
Usually I will read the book first but in this case seeing the trailer being played over and over stimulated my curiosity to the point of no return. Being a New Yorker made the whole experience really fun and interesting; recognizing sights I pass on my way to work every day with an eerie feeling of abandonment was something totally different. I would often think in my head about how crowded it gets and how I wish people would just go away but seeing it all empty and overgrowing with grass like …
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