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I Am Legend

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

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A very very very loose adaptation of the vampiric zombie classic I Am Legend.

  • Apr 30, 2009
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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 a "perfect" translation but a very good one.  Vincent Price's best role (he doesn't overact or ham it up) honest injun.  
If you want to see a rehashed nosy action movie that tries too hard to be something that it's not then you'll love this movie.  For fans of multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbusters.  Others need not apply.

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April 30, 2009
Omega Man was bad as well. Matheson wasn't pleased with the tinkering and low production values with Las t Man of Earth so he put a fake name as he on screen credited for the film. I really didn't care for I Am Legend.
 
April 30, 2009
I actually almost liked LEGEND when I saw it--except for the fact that the ending came out of nowhere, stunk to high heaven and made absolutely no sense. And by the time I got home from the theater all the plot holes started popping into my head--the ones that hadn't already annoyed me while I was watching the movie that is. And that's when I started getting really ticked off about it. How can anyone spend that much money on a movie and not spend money on the one thing that counts--a good storyline? I caught the names of some of the people involved with that shit and there was an Oscar nominated writer involved, that's when I got insulted. They obviously thought that Hey, its only a horror flick, we'll give 'em a big name star and dazzle 'em with CGI and they'll never notice that none of this makes any sense at all because none of them have any brains anyhow. Well fuck that! There's absolutely no doubt that THE LAST MAN ON EARTH was superior to this film in spite of Smith's excellent performance and the fact that the first 1/3 of the film was pretty promising. You know Matheson didn't like LAST MAN. He didn't like Price in the role, he saw it more as being a role for someone like Heston. And of course the book's ending certainly is unsatisfying cinematically so he didn't aprove of their choice of going with the crucifixion-like ending that both previous films have. Even the new one ends in much the same sort of way when you think about--just a little less literal.
 
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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
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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
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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 focus on loneliness and loss, this thoughtful, eerie, and restrained sci-fi horror film provides a parade of startling visuals, but never allows special effects to overcome the human element. Smith, in a strong performance very different from his usual persona, is Robert Neville, the lone survivor in a New York City where streets are overgrown and deer gambol among deserted automobiles. Following an epidemic, the Earth's population has been turned into an army of nocturnal zombies. Immune to the virus, military scientist Neville searches for a cure in his Washington Square townhouse. Haunted by visions of his family leaving quarantined Manhattan two years prior, he drives through the city with his German Shepherd, Sam, by day and barricades his home from the monsters nightly. But when Anna (Alice Braga)--another immune stranger-finds him, they will have to fight the onslaught twice as hard. Akiva Goldsman and Mark Protosevich's emotionally-charged script showcases the charisma of Smith, who commands the screen alone for most of the picture (aside Abbey, a talented German Shepherd). Director Francis Lawrence (CONSTANTINE) uses music minimally, wisely allowing the eerie cityscapes to remain mostly silent. The set pieces, ...
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