Everyone knows the premise of the film: Robert Neville is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. 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. Mutant victims of the plague -- 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 he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time. (Written by Warner Bros. Pictures)

The film is an adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name, and the premise rang similarly: Neville is the only survivor of an apocalypse caused by a pandemic of bacteria, the symptoms of which are very similar to vampirism.

I had high hopes for this film, and it did have its good points. The special effects that were used to make New York look post-apocalyptic were phenomenal. Will Smith did an outstanding job as Neville, the last person on earth, and carried the film by himself with great aplomb. And the German Shepherd that played his dog, Sam, should have its own category in the Golden Globes: Best Animal in a Supporting Role.

However, the rest of the film was terrible. It was improbable, it quickly became formulaic at the arrival of two new, unfleshed characters (one which was annoying and the other completely useless), the zombies were something out of a bad video game, and the film never delved into the new psychology of the zombies, which weren't brainless cannibals, but organized -- they even had a leader! Nothing was said on them, even with the one Neville was studying.

The film's ending was disappointing, as were the final words of the voice-over. I walked out once again disenchanted with the movie industry, as well as a screenwriter's ability to transition a story line from novel to film.

My recommendation would be to save your $10 and wait until it comes out to video.

I give I AM LEGEND a 2 out of 5.

On another note, the film came with the trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Hell-oh, Ben Barnes! ♥


Heifer (on lj) said...

I think that if they had tacked another 15 or 20 minutes and had one more confrontation before poor Sammy and then a video diary thingy of his confusion over their behavior with a bit of a "Oh, huh." attached to it, it would have been fine. But, I thought it was 3.5, at least.

Kayley said...

I completely agree. This was one of those that I had seriously high hopes for, but it just didn't quite make the cut for me.

And I lovelovelove dogs, so watching Sam die was hard for me. There's no way I would've been able to see it again after that anyway. :/

But Will Smith is awesome in any movie he makes, it just sucks that it kind of lost speed round about the middle.

Anonymous said...

yikes. I have to disagree. The film left me speechless. There is, I believe, alot of hidden meaning behind the film. Those who are not religious won't agree though-but if you are up on biblical stories, just think of noahs arc. No one needs to agree with me, its alright, but honestly this world is truely goin down the crappa, and although this may not be possible (what happened in the movie) whos to say something close to it couldn't be possible? I love the very last line of the movie also, "light up the darkness." Beautiful...