I Am Legend details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Will Smith, Salli Richardson, Paradox Pollack, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||Apocalypse Now, Award Winners, Best of LOVEFiLM Instant, Holiday Hits, Remakes, Top 400 All-Time Rentals, WarnerFilms: Quarantined Collection|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
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They're not Vampires or Zombies...By Vivacia (28 reviews) from London , 02 Jan 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]First off let's get some points straight. 'I Am Legend' is NOT based on Omega Man, 28 Days Later or any other 'zombie movie'. Instead it is an adaptation of an excellent little book from the 1950s called 'I Am Legend', written by Richard Matheson, which was in fact the inspiration for the above movies. Sadly the excellence of the book doesn't quite translate but this is still the best attempt so far to capture Matheson's story on screen.
Our 'hero' is Robert Neville, the last surviving man of an epidemic that swept across the United States and then the world, destroying the whole populace. But it didn't kill everyone as many were turned into mutant like creatures that stalk the night, eating any living thing they come across. During the day Robert must see to his own needs and try to cope with being alone for so long, with only a dog to keep him company. And this is where Will Smith excels, capturing the madness that is slowly taking over Robert's mind. From his conversations with mannequins in the DVD rental store to his accurate quotations from Shrek 2, Will Smith brilliantly plays a man on the verge of a breakdown. And mention must be made of the dog, possibly the best animal performance in film since Pirates Of the Caribbean's undead monkey.
Unfortunately despite the brilliant atmosphere of 'I Am Legend' (if you thought London looked creepy in '28 Days Later' wait until you see New York), combined with impressive performances from the lead, this isn't enough to entirely save a film from it's two major flaws: the ending and the 'mutants'. The zombies in 'Shaun Of The Dead' were more impressive than the creatures in this film. The director Francis Lawrence seems to have liked the CGI used on the city so much he decided to use it again for the mutants. Entirely. This makes them seem more cartoon than anything else and definitely decreases the fear factor substantially. Secondly is the ending which, without spoiling it, is nothing like the book and feels rushed rather than satisfying, though it does get the job done.
'I Am Legend' is really a 3 star film, but is lifted to 4 stars due to Will Smith, the dog, and the valiant attempt to deal with a complex psychological issue set in a terrifying situation. If you're after a scary horror film look elsewhere, but if you'd like to see an alternative treatment of the vampire/zombie genre (as the creatures are not referred to as either it's up to you which term to use), this is definitely worth a look.
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I am forgotten very quicklyBy tmt (14 reviews) from Poole , 08 Dec 2013Based on the book I am legend, this has no premise to it other than it is a Will Smith vehicle. the ending is created for simple Hollywood audiences and the ending bears no resemblance to the original story, which is a fantastic though provoking book
Good but could have been better!By Scribes (341 reviews) , 17 Nov 2013'I an Legend' was a well thought out script and very Will Smith did a good job in the lead role, or should I say, the only role! In my view, I thought the film was spoilt by overdoing the roles of the 'Mutant Victims'. Although the graphics were good, I felt that their actions were overcooked and rather hideous at times. Perhaps a more sinister being, heard but hardly seen, would have ben a more menacing threat to Dr Robert Neville and his canine friend. Conclusion: Worth watching but borders on the inane at times.
A Greater Adaptation is waitingBy Glynnie (15 reviews) , 15 Nov 2013Richard Nathanson should have sued Hollywood for turning his masterful novel into a 90 minute contrived mess! This could have been a 3 hour masterpiece that could have dealt with isolation and fear of the dark but instead the director of Constantine turns it into a film about pale looking football hooligans for a teenage audience. (Did the writers not know that the book was about vampires and was bloody and scary)
BEYOND AWESOME!!!By Abnormal (93 reviews) , 29 Oct 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideOne of THE BEST Will Smith films EVER!!! I can't get enough of this film and I really hope I am legend 2 is just as good or better. Despite this being technically the same storyline as most zombie stuff but it seems to be able to be a thousand times better. Scientists create a cure for cancer and then a while after the patients who have been treated turn extremely violent and disease ridden. They bite everything and soon Will is the only one alive. He survives by himself and his dog to keep him sane and manages to find a cure for this rage disease. Some of Will's best acting. 100/100
will smiths face near zombies - dullBy a customer , 26 Oct 2013somehow immune, somehow a lieutenant and a military vip with free escape helicopter, somehow a biological scientist, somehow constructed a high tech lab in the basement of terraced house. sings to a dog, gets emotional about bacon, keeps grenades in drawers, guns with his cd collection. (both useful places by chance.) acting faces: either thoughtful like a 4yr old trying to sums with slight open mouth gape or angry like someone showing off on the night bus.
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