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Will Smith stars in an action thriller that has some heart, and brain- sometimes. First off Smith's performance is great. He commands the screen as usual and injects life into the movie. He really is all by himself on the screen for awhile (besides a dog), as he is one of the last humans left on earth. After a cancer treatment goes wrong, many are left infected and mutated and turn into these creepy animal like creatures w/o any humanity left in them, or so we think. Anyways, Smith's character, Dr. Neville is trying to figure out ways to cure these creatures by running tests among other stuff. Neville is somehow immune to the disease, I can't remember how or if they explained it.
I am Legend is very suspenseful, leaving viewers on the edge of their seat. It's not mindless action though, the film tries to be deep, but the ending, which I'll get to later, but not spoil, convolutes things. There are attempts at humor which kind of fall flat in my opinion. In my opinion it's as if the script was trying to hard at times to throw in some jokes just because Smith is funny and a great comedic actor. It's hard to laugh in a movie like this, so it doesn't really work. But it's just a minor flaw since they only attempt at humor a few times. The cast really is just Smith. And Smith isn't just playing Smith as he sometimes does. His role here is more understated, but he pulls it off with ease.
Now here's where you need to beware. If you watch the movie today you will NOT get the theatrical ending. I watched this on on demand a couple weeks ago. There were two options, I Am Legend, or I Am Legend: Alternate ending. I clicked on just I Am Legend because I did not want to get the Alternate ending. I had done my research and I knew I Am Legend had a controversial ending. But when I watched it, I could not figure out why. It seemed logical, if maybe a bit anti climatic. So I went online afterwards to see what people said about the ending, and I found out that I had actually just seen the alternate ending version, even though that wasn't the version I chose. Apparently on streaming devices or when they show Legend on tv they only show the alternate ending for whatever reason. So I went ahead and watched the theatrical ending on Youtube, and it was wayyyy different. And when I say different I mean polar opposites. It completely changes the way you think about the movie to the point where I really don't know what to think of the movie, or what conclusions to draw. I Am Legend is enjoyable but its inability to make a clear solid ending does take away from the movie, and make the movie itself less memorable because you can't stop thinking about the ending(s) rather than the movie as a whole. All in all, I would recommend I Am Legend.
I, Robot is a ver entertaining movie that builds up suspense, but in the end leaves you a little disappointed. Will Smith plays his usual role, and probably was the main selling point to get audiences to come see the movie. Smith is likable here, but he's really not doing much acting. Although he's playing his usual 'cool guy' role, his character is much more subdued and down to earth that we don't really ever get to know Detective Spooner. Where this movie failed where other Smith action movies often seem to succeed was in the humor department. The writers attempt to give Smith some occasional funny one-liners, but they really just aren't that funny, though Smith pulls them off as best he can. The true best part of this movie is all the suspense that builds up for the first three quarters of the movie. Detective Spooner senses these robots are up to no good, he is of course right, though everyone else thinks he's crazy. The movie really does make you think, how much technology is too much technology? We see robots dominating the world and taking human jobs. Is the world becoming heartless? There are three specific laws all robots are programmed to follow, law 1: they can't hurt a human, law 2: they must obey a human unless it conflicts with law 1, and law 3: robots must protect themselves unless it conflicts with laws 1 and 2. But there is one robot who seems to be programmed not to follow these three laws. And spooner thinks he's a murderer, and proof that these robots are becoming dangerous. This sets everything up for what looks like a human vs robots showdown... except not really. There's a bit of a plot twist at the end that doesn't make sense because the character (if you can call her a character) it involves, we never really got to know, at all. It's almost too much of a twist. It's disappointing because it appears as if the robots really were never bad, maybe just manipulated. I thought this ending took away from the movie, it really was lacking the excitement that the first three quarters of the movie gave you. Not to mention that it's also a little confusing. But it's not a huge deal, it merely makes I, Robot go from a potentially really good and memorable movie, to a likable, but not all that thought-provoking after all movie. Nonetheless, I recommend this movie. You'll have a fun time, and think a little, as the critic consensus says.
There seems to be a consensus when it comes to ranking the three Men in Black movies. MIB 1 was the best and the funniest, MIB 2 was pretty much a complete flop, and by far the worst, and MIB 3 was not quite a return to form, but a million times better than the second and a good way to close the franchise. I would actually have to disagree with this because I thought MIB 3 was definitely the worst. Not bad, but not nearly as good as 1 and 2. I see why people think MIB 3 is the second best in the MIB franchise, and late film critic Roger Ebert even went as far to say it was his favorite, a view not uncommonly shared by people. MIB 3 his the first movie in the franchise to have a real intriguing suspenseful plot. And things tie together nicely at the end give MIB 3 a sweet emotional ending. But overall, MIB 3 is simply not as funny as the first two. And yes in order to get us to laugh, the first two MIB's were pretty silly at times, but isn't that why we watched them? I don't think there was one moment in MIB 3 where I laughed out loud. There were some funny moments, but the script simply wasn't very good. In addition, there weren't as many aliens this time around, which was quite disappointing. And again, MIB 3 just is not that funny. Instead of the usual Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones humor, we see Will Smith and Josh Brolin play off each other. Brolin is playing a younger agent K, as agent J (Will Smith) has to go back in time. And I credit MIB 3 for casting Brolin who looks and sounds like Jones, and gets agent K as a character down pat. But the script really doesn't provide that many funny moments like the previous two did. I really never cared how silly the MIB movies were because they made it work and it was always fun. But I think director Bryan Sonnenfield let the criticisms of the second MIB change the way he made this third one. The second MIB was criticized for just recycling the same elements of the first, partially true, but I still thought it was funny, and I got what I wanted out of it. MIB 3 left me feeling a little disappointed. It wasn't all that funny, and there weren't many aliens. Don't get me wrong, MIB 3 had the best plot out of all the MIB movies, it wasn't as 'gimmicky' and fans of the franchise really will appreciate the touching ending. But by crafting a better more serious plot, with less gimmicks, MIB 3 is not nearly as entertaining or as funny as the first 2. This might be what some people wanted, but for people like me who didn't mind the stupid plots of the first two because of all the aliens and how funny they were, you might be a little disappointed with MIB 3.