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I Am Legend
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli Richardson
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site: www.iamlegend.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them having nightmares and never taking a vaccine again.
Date Movie: There's a good chance she'll jump and grab your hand, or vice versa.
Gratuitous Sex: No, the mutant humans don't get it on.
Gratuitous Violence: It's PG-13, so the action is started but the end result is only implied.
Action: There's some running away from the mutant humans.
Laughs: Only a few chuckles.
Memorable Scene: I'll just say it's a scene with Sam, his dog, in the lab.
Memorable Quote: "I like Shrek."
Directed By: Francis Lawrence
Produced By: Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, David Heyman, Neal Moritz

I Am Legend
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:40 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
"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.

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!! L8R!!!

 

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