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The Omega Man (1971)

A loose science fiction adaptation of Matheson's "I Am Legend".

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A great version of The Last Man on Earth

  • Feb 11, 2008
"Omega Man" is the remake of "The Last Man on Earth" (also a great film). The story in Omega Man is more developed than in The Last Man on Earth, the effects are better, the background story is better. But, in the end, they are all just as great. Of course, there is also "I Am Legend" (the 2007 remake of this one). The story on all these 3 movies is great, and so is the acting. Highly recommend it.

There are some variations in the three films. The 1964 of The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price, has all that this movie lacks. Price plays a more convincing and tortured character; Heston is not. I Am Legend is better in the special effect department, as well as Will Smith's performance. The "creatures" in The Last Man on Earth" are a mix between zombies and vampires; in "The Omega Man" they are just homicidal maniacs with delusions of grandeur that are sensitive to light and have lost all pigmentation. The creatures in "I am legend" are more like sub-human agile creatures.

These three movies are based on I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. There are many subtle and non-subtle differences in all three versions and I everyone should watch them all.

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Out of the three end of the world films Charlton Heston acted in (PLANET OF THE APES, THE OMEGA MAN, SOYLENT GREEN), this is the worst of the three. Heston does a pretty good job of acting, cheesy as the dialogue he is usually given, he comes off as being a real person, not somebody on the screen who just memorized a bunch of lines.Anyway, the movie revolves around Neville (Heston), a former military doctor who is the only person who wasn't either killed or mutated after a worldwide plague released …
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Science fiction took a grim turn in the 1970s--the heyday of Agent Orange, nuclear peril, and Watergate. Suddenly, most of our possible futures took on a "last man on Earth" flavor, withThe Omega Mantopping the doom-struck heap.

Charlton Heston plays the government researcher behind the ultimate biological weapon, a deadly plague that has ravaged humanity. There are two groups of survivors: a dwindling band of immune humans and an infected, psychopathic mob of light-hating quasi-vampires. The infected are led by Mathias, a clever, charismatic man set on destroying the last remnants of the civilization that produced the plague. Heston has a vaccine--but he and the few remaining normals are outnumbered and outgunned. By day, he builds a makeshift version of the nuclear family (with Rosalind Cash as his afro-wearing, gun-toting little lady). They plan for the future while roaming freely through an empty urban landscape, taking what few pleasures life has left. By night, they defend themselves against the growing horde of plague victims. Both a bittersweet romance and a gothic cautionary tale, The Omega Man paints a convincing portrait of hope and despair. It ain't pretty, but it's a great movie. --Grant Balfour

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Director: Boris Sagal
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: 1971
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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