I Am Legend

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I am Legend --- Will Smith takes his turn as The Omega Man (Absolutely NO-SPOILERS)

Dec 15, 2007 (Updated Dec 15, 2007)
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Pros:Will Smith, compelling story, very intriguing and interesting, get sets / special effects

Cons:ending could frustrate some viewers

The Bottom Line: This is a compelling film with great acting and an interesting back-drop of a deserted New York City. (Recommended and worth the theater price)


Will Smith has always been great as an actor, and he takes it one step further, billed as the last man on Earth in his new film I Am Legend. A virus has hit New York City, a version of a formerly defeated virus, re-engineered to do good rather than harm to the human body. Something went wrong though, and it seems that a super-virus has been created with a kill rate higher than anything humans have faced before. Smith's character, Robert Neville, is a military doctor/scientist who had been working hard to find a cure, but didn't find it soon enough to save the people around him in New York City. Now he is alone, with only his dog Sam to keep him company during the long winding days. He has found ways to fill his time though, including a continued work towards the cure, but at night something different happens.

We learn early on in the film that Robert Neville isn't exactly alone in the city, as there are actually other humans that have been seriously altered by the virus, and don't resemble much of their former selves. These "beings" are very vulnerable to sunlight, and thus hide in the dark until the sun goes down. It is when the sun goes down that Neville returns to his home, and spends many nights huddled in the bathtub of his make-shift fortress that his family used to call home. He notes that these people who have suffered from the virus are starting to go against their instinct for survival, and could quickly become more of a threat. The question soon becomes whether Neville can find a cure to help them all before it is too late, or if he is doomed to remain alone in New York City for years to come.

If the story sounds familiar, it is because it has been done before, with both that film and this one based on the famous novel called I am Legend. Charlton Heston played the main character in the classic The Omega Man but did so in a much more stoic method, where he actually seemed bigger than life, and the "beasties of the night" didn't seem quite so tough. Here though, we have the talented Will Smith, who plays an almost average man, who though he has above-average intelligence, runs the gamut of emotions in the film. They range from a sense of loneliness to pure glee at times, and it really shows the range that Smith has as an actor. He takes the character to places that Heston never could, and improves the story in many places as a result. Smith just makes the role seem so real that we could really believe that the story might take place.

To classify this film, I would have to put it in the genre of thrillers, because you get involved in the story, and are cheering for Neville to find a way out of the dire situations he is has to deal with. There are some action sequences, and indeed a lot of drama mixed in with the scares, but the film is really thrilling in my opinion. You don't get the lulls that a film like Cast Away put on its audience, and even though Smith is the lone character for many scenes, he finds a way to make the film interesting, even when he is just working out or taking a trip to the video store. With the central plot being that the world has almost come to an end due to a virus, there are some cracks in how the plot carries out, but I think they are very minor compared to a story that really worked well in the end. I have to say that Will Smith just cemented himself as one of the most talented actors in Hollywood with this film, and has once again come up with a winning (and recommended) theatrical attraction.






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