I Am Legend

If you're into sci-fi suspense thrillers that are both believable and keep you guessing, Will Smith will not disappoint you. I Am Legend satisfies this and then some with a plot line right out of modern medicine which at the same time carries a dire warning about messing with things you don't fully understand.

Will Smith plays Robert Neville, a colonel in the United States Army. The opening scene should be familiar to anyone who's been to the movies in the last 3 months or so. He's out hunting with his dog, and comes upon a deer he figures on taking down. As he stalks it and prepares to take the kill shot, a lion leaps in out of nowhere and steals the prize. This sets the stage for what I think is a brilliantly laid out depiction of New York City 6 years from now. Deserted, covered in weeds and grass, teaming with wild roaming animals. And something far more sinister.

I Am Legend is based on a novel by Richard Matheson, written in 1954. There have also been two other movie adaptations I was unaware of before, both dealing with more or less the same material. I have been led to understand that both of these movies also stunk badly. So I'm glad I'd never heard of them before this because I don't like coming into a new movie with that kind of preconception.

Spoilers follow. Read at your own risk.
As the plot progresses and we follow Neville's attempts to develop a cure for the virus that caused the downfall of humanity, flashbacks to the year 2009, when it all began, are thrown in at opportune moments which help to explain how things could go from the usual bad to the doom of mankind in such a short span of time.

All may not be lost though as Neville has been doing research in a lab he's built in the basement of some apartment building he's turned into a fortress against the "Dark Seekers" as they're called. One of the compounds he's tested on a collection of rats didn't turn it into a raging monster or kill it outright. Which turns into a key point later in the movie.

The tragedy of what happened to many people hits very close to home as we later find that Neville's family was killed while attempting to evacuate from the military quarantine zone around New York City.

I Am Legend is not for the faint of heart. Some might classify it as a horror film. There's blood, gore, and some rather intense moments. I'd recommend leaving the children behind on this one. There were several instances where shock moments made everyone jump. Some folks in the theater I went to found this out the hard way as their kids were scared to the point of crying. Loudly. Fortunately the parents were considerate enough to leave rather than try to calm them down. They rated this PG-13 but I think it's fair to say it borders on an R rating. Just be aware of this.

I was definitely satisfied with the movie and I intend on making it a part of my DVD collection when it comes out. Worth the money.

Three previews on the horizon which I'm looking at seeing:

The Dark Knight - Next installment in the Batman series. Scheduled for May 2008.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Also scheduled for May 2008.
10,000 BC - Scheduled for March 2008.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Dec 15, 2007 5:41 pm by Samson in: | 1 comment(s) [Closed]
Sounds like a good movie. One I might have to go see.

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