I Am Legend (2007)



Critic Consensus: I Am Legend overcomes questionable special effects and succeeds largely on the strength of Will Smith's mesmerizing performance.

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Adapted from acclaimed author Richard Matheson's influential novelette of the same name, Constantine director Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend follows the last man on Earth as he struggles to survive while fending off the infected survivors of a devastating vampiric plague. A brilliant scientist who raced to discover a cure for the man-made virus as humanity came crumbling down all around him, Robert Neville (Will Smith) was inexplicably immune to the highly contagious superbug. Now the entire population of New York City -- and perhaps the world -- has been transformed into carnivorous bloodsuckers that fear the light and live solely to spread their contagion to any remaining living creature that crosses their path. It's been three years since civilization came to an end, and the loneliness has taken a devastating toll on Neville. By day he scours the city for food and supplies while sending out desperate radio messages in hopes that someone might respond, and by night he attempts to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus by experimenting with his own blood. But time is running out for Neville as the legions of infected watch his every move from the safety of the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. They, too, long to learn the secret that lurks in Neville's blood, though they will have to take caution while attempting to procure it because Neville will sooner die attempting to slay every last one of them than willingly giving up a single drop. Previously adapted for the screen in the 1964 Vincent Price frightener The Last Man on Earth and the 1971 Charlton Heston action film The Omega Man, Matheson's novelette also served as the inspiration for George A. Romero's groundbreaking zombie classic Night of the Living Dead. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Will Smith
as Robert Neville
Willow Smith
as Marley
Darrell Foster
as Mike - Military Escort
Dash Mihok
as Alpha Male
Joanna Numata
as Alpha Female
Samuel Glen
as Military Driver - Jay
James Michael McCauley
as Male Evacuee
April Grace
as TV Personality
Marin Ireland
as Woman Evacuee
Pedro Mojica
as Sergeant
Anthony Mazza
as Evacuation Cop
Steve Cirbus
as Military Police
Calista Hill
as Little Girl Evacuee
Gabriella Hill
as Little Girl Evacuee
Tyree Simpson
as Evacuation Cop No.2
Blake Lange
as Coast Guard Ground Crew
Patrick Fraley
as President
Deborah Collins
as Civilian
Emma Thompson
as Dr. Krippen -- uncredited
Abraham Sparrow
as Male Evacuee #2
John Kyle Grady
as Infected
Moses Harris Jr.
as Infected
Marc Innis
as Infected
Eric Jenkins
as Infected
Mark Steger
as Infected
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Critic Reviews for I Am Legend

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (49)

Smith turns in a terrific performance, nailing Neville's angst while allowing room for humor.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

When they do, banging their heads against plate glass as movie zombies always do, I started needing something else to think about.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Top Critic

I wouldn't dream of giving away the ending, but it's not likely to satisfy either the action crowd or Matheson fans.

Full Review… | March 30, 2008
Top Critic

I Am Legend is a grenade that goes off when least expected. It has more horror than heart, but it is never boring.

January 4, 2008
New York Observer
Top Critic

So often, sci-fi is overproduced, but I Am Legend doesn't look like a CGI extravaganza. It looks like an edgy suspense movie shot on the fly in New York City after the fall. And because of that, it's all the more effective.

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Top Critic

You're left gawping at $100 million-worth of eye-popping futuristic B-movie.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Am Legend

This post-apocalyptic zombie-based film is strong thanks to in part the special effect/CGI work as well as the strong lead of Will Smith. I Am Legend is graphic in the realms of loneliness and isolation and makes a solid film for audiences to enjoy. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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Will Smith stars as a military researcher who is seemingly the last person left on Earth trying to find the cure for an engineered retro virus that has decimated the human population and turned many into mindless killing machines. It seems to me that the reason a lot of people slated this film was solely because it was not a faithful adaptation of the book it takes its name from. I personally haven't read it and to be honest I don't care if it's faithful or not. A carbon copy adaptation of a book does not necessarily make a good film and vice versa; the two are completely different media. The fact is that I found this pretty enjoyable. Will Smith is quite convincing as a man suffering the loneliness of total isolation and the scenes in the first hour of the film when the "enemy" is still unseen are very effective. It's therefore a pity that it descends into the usual CGI infested Hollywood claptrap for the final half hour. It reminded me of 28 Days Later because of the similar scenario and unfortunately it suffers from the same problem; the set up is great but it didn't seem to know where to go from there. Once the mother and son characters appeared it turned into a dodgy CGI-laden shoot em up and became far less interesting, but it's definitely worth a watch for the earlier scenes. Some of the plot elements are not properly explained and the ending is a little weak, but not bad as a whole.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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It was thrilling and captivating to watch the first time around. Afterwards the flaws became extremely apparent, yet were eclipsed at times by Will Smith's excellent acting and infusion of humor despite the film's dark themes.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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