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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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Not your everyday zombie movie

  • Dec 9, 2008
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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 a lot of people in them, don't plan on seeing this. There's mostly Will Smith, his dog and a bunch of scary looking creatures. Will Smith is a doctor who had been an integral in developing a cure for cancer. However, the cure quickly goes awry and starts turning all humans into blood-thirsty zombies. Will Smith (who is immune to the zombies) is left alive with his dog, frantically working to find an antidote that can cure the zombies, while also looking to find other survivors. I don't want to divulge any more details to give away the movie.

Unlike so many zombie movies, I Am Legend is really a great movie. It raises a lot of intrigue at how Will Smith goes on for several years living with just his dog and no other humans. The film can really be split up into two parts. The last part is of course when the real thrill and action takes place.


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February 04, 2009
I agree, Will Smith definitely did well in this role... I was actually real skeptical before I saw this because I didn't think they could make a movie with one person all that interesting. These kind of movies freak me out and I end up creating all these "What if" scenarios in my head (like I did after I saw Transformers!) that seem really far fetched but I know could really be a reality .. I mean if they can think it up, it can potentially happen... no? Or is that just my convoluted thinking?
 
January 26, 2009
I suggest reading Richard Matheson's source book I AM LEGEND or possibly checking out the first film version with Vincent Price called THE LAST MAN ON EARTH if you liked this one. Smith was fantastic in the role, but the film really collapsed under the weight of a badly written script that was full of plot holes and had a rushed ending that doesn't make a lot of sense to boot. Plus there was way too much CGI on the zombie/vampires which resembled monsters we've seen over and over again in other films. The city looked great--that's the kind of thing CGI does well and should be used for. I suppose the CGI stuff is really a matter of personal taste, but it sure didn't work for me. I wanted very badly for this to be the definitive version of I AM LEGEND, but its not. I'm glad you liked it, I barely gave it 3 stars and they were all for Will Smith.
 
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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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