I Am Legend Reviews
This is one of those movies that is hard for me to rate. If you haven't seen this film, you should definitely check it out. I would rate it 3.5/5 OR 7/10. It's one of those that I may rate 8/10 though...perhaps, only time will tell.
2007 film adaptation of Richard Matheson's apocalyptic 1954 novel of the same name (now past it set-in date on 2012), which takes some major liberties with the plot of that novel.
Here, Robert Neville's (Will Smith) whole background is changed, as are the reasoning vampires of the book (who evolve their own society) into more-or-less mindless genetic mutations (when did playing with Mother Nature ever turn out well?) who also can't go out in the sun. And don't even mention the final act, which bears next-to-no resemblance at all ...
All in all, held together by some impressive acting by Will Smith who is largely on his own for most of the film, but largely forgettable.
Three years after a cure for cancer is released, the world is left devastated and filled with cannibalistic zombies who only come out at night.
Movie is comprised of daily activities and flashbacks. Mostly uneventful till right at the end.
Neville does not know why he is a survivor, but uses his blood and other methods to try and treat the disease that led most of humanity to become dark seekers. Unlike many other films, his goal is to cure the disease, and not simply eradicate and kill them. As he travels New York City, the bond between him and his dog instantly become one of the films strongest assets. The bond between them is unquestionable, and it is clear that they both will do anything to survive with each other. Neville constantly broadcasts a radio message hoping to attract any other survivors as well. I Am Legend features thrilling sequences as he at times finds himself in dark areas, or moments when the sun is setting which makes him most vulnerable to the dark seekers.
The film does show sequences in the past, demonstrating that Neville did once have a family. These sequences do not provide much value to the film as pictures alone would have been suffice. The biggest issue I had with I am Legend was the appearance of the dark seekers. They did not look bad, but they certainly looked computer generated. Had they been actors with excellent makeup, the death of them would have been all the more intriguing to the story, and it certainly would have made Neville desire to find the cure all the more effective. Despite a few flaws, I am Legend is a welcome addition to the zombie apocalyptic genre of films.