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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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I Am Legend Review

  • Feb 4, 2009
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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 and if that meant making the film a little longer then so be it. I hear that they are making a prequel to this movie and I don't think that it was meant to have a prequel or a sequel. I think that could have been averted if the film was just a little longer. I think the run time was something like an hour and a half which these days really isn't long enough a movie. No it's going to be another good film turned bad by it's "prequels".

I also could have done without the mother/son duo who save the day. 1. I think it should have been just him, all by himself, the whole movie. They really killed the end for me...it was lame. He shouldn't have died. It would have been so much more powerful if it was just him by himself after he loses his dog. Good movies lately seem to be getting killed by their horrifically bad endings, it's really annoying.

On the good side...Will Smith. Being able to work with himself and get into that type of character is just awesome. He's had some hits and misses, but this was an outstanding performance on his part. I truly believed that he loved that dog to death...which is true in a way because everything goes downhill after Sam dies. Also, this was a very good end of the world film. People try and try and try, but besides select few like Independence Day (also starring Will Smith), the original The Day the Earth Stood Still and Armageddon (yes I said it), there have been a lot of misses. This had a good plot (cancer cure that ends up turning everyone into zombies with rabies).

So, Legend gets a 3 out of 5 for great plot, great one man show acting by Will Smith, but a not so stunning ending and addition of characters that are...alive.

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March 31, 2009
Good review; I agree that the ending was a bit much. However, Price and Heston bit it at the end of their respective films too, right? The dog scene was touching; the lions were frightening; the zombies were zombying.....
 
February 26, 2009
INDENPENDENCE DAY. The mere thought of it makes me shudder. The only good moments were those with Brent Spiner, that's what those guys would really be like after all that time at Area 51. For some good science fiction try GATTACA. On the subject of I AM LEGEND; I just learned how the other ending went. It was a decent attempt at making Matheson's unfilmable ending work--but it simply never could have worked since they never set up enough background for the second group of vampires/zombies. Matheson's whole theme was that viruses mutate--here its put on the back burner and brought out only at the last moment. Still it would have been preferable to the ludicrous ending they chose to go with. Smith's performance was the only thing that saved that flick. He kept you focused and prevented the audience from asking questions about all those gaping plot holes. He pulled the rating up from a 2 1/2 to a 3.
 
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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.
review by . July 21, 2010
I think Will Smit did a great job playing this character. Being isolated and having to quote himself from Shrek to learn how to communicate with real peopl instead of mannequins!   The only downside to this movie that I can think of is the orribly unrealistic animlas. They just look so fake and it gets annnoying watching the movie and then seeing that they are obviously not real or look remotely real. But anyways, overall, looking past the special animals and people, the movie was good. …
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?
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Hi, my name is Julian Brown. I currently write for The Brotherly Game, a local Philadelphia soccer website where I cover the US Women's National Team and the local WPS Philadelphia Independence. I … more
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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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