Film Review: I Am Legend

29 Dec

Plot: Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable…and manmade. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City…and maybe the world. But he is not alone. He is surrounded by “the Infected” – victims of the plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings who can only exist in the dark and who will devour or infect anyone or anything in their path. For three years, Neville has spent his days scavenging for food and supplies and faithfully sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. All the while, the Infected lurk in the shadows, watching Neville’s every move, waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But his blood is also what The Infected hunt, and Neville knows he is outnumbered and quickly running out of time.

I saw this film with friend and fellow filmstalker Morbius, without doing my usual research, with that I mean doing a Google search for more background information, although James aka spidey1703 (also a filmstalker) saw it on IMAX and wrote a very comprehensive review which you can read here: http://www.filmstalker.co.uk/archives/2007/12/i_am_legend_imax.html.

I had no idea this was based on a 1954 science fiction novel written by Richard Matheson and have been  adapted to film on two other occassions, The Last Man on Earth (1964) and The Omega Man (1971).

I was really impressed by the film regardless of what the pundits have to say about the poor CGI and special effects. Personally, I think this is about one man’s journey to survival done superbly well by Will Smith. That creepy feeling of being the lone survivor on the planet, fighting each day to continue living has never been so magnified in the film – a derelict New York city, having the company of just your dog day in day out, no other human communication whatsoever and still managing doing a day’s work is really not my idea of how I’d want to spend the rest of my life and it’s Will Smith’s powerful portrayal of Neville that keeps your attention for 1 hour and 41 minutes of the film, kinda like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

I Am Legend draws to a close 2007’s lacklustre year for the movies with a bang.

I Am Legend: 4/5

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One Response to “Film Review: I Am Legend”

  1. RAFrenzy November 25, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    I know it’s three years later, but I have never wanted to see this, and now I think I will.

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