Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable...and manmade. 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. He is surrounded by "the Infected"--victims of the plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings who can only exist in the dark and who will devour or infect anyone or anything in their path. For three years, Neville has spent his days scavenging for food and supplies and faithfully sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. All the while, 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 his blood is also what The Infected hunt, and Neville knows he is outnumbered and quickly running out of time.
Title: I Am Legend
Release: December 14, 2007
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Writer: Akiva Goldsman, Mark Protosevich, & Richard Matheson (Novel)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Produced By: Akiva Goldsman, David Heyman, Erwin Stoff
Distributed By: Warner Brothers
Run Time: 100 minutes
I Am Legend is a creepy, post-apocalyptic film that seems to take Stephen King’s The Stand and instead of the (man-made) virus killing everyone, it turned them into freaky monsters. To be brutally honest, I didn’t like the movie because the plot felt borrowed, it played the “last man left in New York” scenario up too much, and I really didn’t care for the ending either.
Now Will Smith is a different story altogether because he was wonderful and I thought he completely carried the film. There are very few who won’t agree that Smith is one of the most versatile actors today. He can easily play a comedy, a romance, and even a tear-jerker. Actually I thought he was the only redeeming quality of I Am Legend!
I’d like it to be known that I went to see the film with four other people and only one of them enjoyed it but according to various websites, more people seemed to like it than not. That’s actually why I suggested seeing the film in the first place!
If you would like to read more information about the film itself Wikipedia, imdb.com, and reelzchannel.com all have interesting facts and interviews.