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Friday, November 11, 2011

I Am Legend

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.

I really Enjoy watching this film. It was the third cinematic adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel with the same title, has been in development for a very long time. Will Smith also is good as Robert Neville. The role requires a lot of him and he delivers on all fronts. He's reasonably believable as a research scientist. He's believable as a concerned father in the flashbacks. He's believable as a man on the brink of insanity. And as past films have shown, he can handle the action well. All this together, with a touch of his trademark humor here and there, make it one of his more memorable performances.

"I Am Legend" also does a great job of building up suspense. The film goes for long stretches where very little happens, then it builds up to incredibly intense confrontations between Robert and the creatures. His first encounter with them in a dark building is quite disturbing and certainly sets the audience on edge. They manage to keep this suspense going with every other following confrontation.

All in all, this movie was very fun to watch. Im sure that those interested in post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure will satisfy them in watching "I Am Legend".

Release Date: December 14, 2007
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Francis Lawrence
Screenwriter: Mark Protosevich, Akiva Goldsman
Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith, Charlie Tahan
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence)

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