I Am Legend
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||Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli
||Only if you want
them having nightmares and never taking a vaccine again.
||There's a good
chance she'll jump and grab your hand, or vice versa.
||No, the mutant
humans don't get it on.
||It's PG-13, so the
action is started but the end result is only implied.
running away from the mutant humans.
||Only a few
||I'll just say it's
a scene with Sam, his dog, in the lab.
||"I like Shrek."
James Lassiter, David Heyman, Neal Moritz
"I Am Legend" is one of those movies that goes to show
why Iím not a successful filmmaker. Sure, first thereís the
fact that I have no filmmaking experience, but itís probably
because my ending to the movie would have gone maniacally
different than the one fed to us in the theater. Iíll do my
best not to spoil it too much.
I Am Legend
A Movie Review
From the trailers for the film we get the basic premise, that Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the last
person like us living in New York City, and maybe the world. The reason for this
is because some dumb-ass, woman scientist found a cure for
cancer that eventually turned people into creatures who
couldnít go out in the sunlight, were hyper-violent,
hyper-strong, and liked to eat people and animals who were
immune to the new virus. Robertís days are dictated by the
sun, allowing him to go out during the day to try to capture
meat (usually in the form of deer who have found their way
to Manhattan), scavenge for canned goods and supplies by
breaking into other peopleís abandoned apartments, and since
he is also a virologist, hoping to use his blood that is
immune to the virus plaguing the world, to find a cure. His
trusty dog, Sam, helps him in his travels and daily routine,
and as the movie is busy showing us this routine of Robert,
it also gives us flashbacks explaining how things went wrong
and what happened to Robertís family.
As the movie progresses, though, we begin to see kinks in
the armor that is Robertís life, of a man obsessed with
finding a cure, and a man who, after having no contact with
any other being that can talk to him, begins to lose his
mind. And it is in one scene of losing his mind that the
wheels begin to come off of a film that was doing itís best
to entertain me. In trying not to give too much away, letís
just say that we find out Robert isnít alone in the world,
and thatís all Iím going to say about that.
Because saying anything at this point will give away some
key events and how the movie progresses at the point
Robert meets Anna (Alice Braga), I suppose this will be a
shorter than normal review as I just wrap things up.
For about an hour, or maybe it was an hour and a quarter,
I was really digging "I Am Legend" and thought Will Smith
was doing a fantastic job maintaining what was really a
one-man movie. The effects were great, the infected humans
were great, and although there were a few plot issues that
seemed kind of convoluted, it was easy to get through them.
But then the ending scenes came adding more convolutedness
(and an obvious foreshadowing) to the movie, and I lost
interest in what at first was a lesson in human survival.
So Iíll let this review stand where it is giving "I Am
Legend" 3 Ĺ stars out of 5. I suppose if I do a DVD review
Iíll give you my thoughts on my possible endings, or I might
give them up to Stu Gotz during our next podcast. For now Iíll just
let you go to the movie, maybe be freaked out by the
infected humans, and make your own conclusion
if you like the last part of the movie.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!