I Am Legend Extensive Review

I Am Legend


It is totally cool to see Manhattan devoid of people as Will Smith and his dog roam the ruins after a virus wipes out the population. Or did it? Strange things come out at night. I'll say no more and won't need to if you've read Richard Matheson's classic 1954 novel or seen the two previous screen versions, 1964's The Last Man on Earth, with Vincent Price, and 1971's The Omega Man, with Charlton Heston. What you need to know is that Big Willie has no problem holding the screen. In fact, trouble enters only when the script overcomplicates things in the end. Until then, especially in a growling dogfight, director Francis Lawrence (Constantine) keeps you squirming.


I am not sure how you guys really would like to read a review on a movie...because I do not want to give away spoilers---but in a review...its what happened in the movie lol.

So..i guess ill work around it.







Complete review... Spoilers*



The movie begins with TV news; some sports chatter, and then an interview with Dr. Krippen (Emma Thompson) about the her great scientific breakthrough. She explains that she has taken the Measles virus and altered it at a genetic level so that it attacks cancerous cells. The new treatment has been given to 10,009 individual patients with cancer- of various kinds. How many of them have been cured? asks the anchor. Ten thousand and nine, the scientist answers with a smile. So, you have found a cure for cancer? Yes, I have. Both are smiling.


The film then cuts to three years later: New York is deserted. Grass is breaking through the concrete, cars are rusting in the streets, and entire buildings are covered in titanic sheets of plastic with Biohazard signs plastered all over them.


Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith) is driving down one of the overgrown streets in a red, Ford Shelby GT-500 Mustang when a herd of deer suddenly dart out from behind a building. He guns the engine and chases them through the streets, singling one out until it leaps over a blockade with dozens of cars blocking the road. Neville screeches to a halt, looks at Sam, his German shepherd companion, and steps out with his M4 rifle to track down the deer. Silently making his way through the tall grass growing between the cars, he spots the deers tail and takes aim just as it goes around a bus and under an overpass. Cursing, Neville lowers his rifle and begins to walk around the other side,


Sam at his heel. As he approaches the corner he raises the scope to his eyes and edges around, catching sight of the deer through an abandoned car. Carefully edging his way around the car for a clear shot, Neville takes aim and A lioness leaps out from behind a car on the other side of the deer, grabbing it and wrestling it to the ground. Neville holds the rifle to his and looks as though he is going to shoot the lioness, but he lowers it as a lion and two cubs come into view. He seems torn until his watch starts beeping. Turning off the alarm, Neville glances at the sun, which is beginning to makes its way down the horizon. He turns to Sam and tells her its time to go.


Neville drives home, switching vehicles to an black Ford Expedition with a large amount of gear strapped to the roof rack. As he pulls up to his house, we see several barrels, with what looks like explosive devices attached to them, scattered around the outside area of the house. As Neville exits the SUV, he grabs a satchel and a squirt bottle from the back seat. Walking backwards up to the front door, he squirts the ground and stairs behind him with the liquid inside of the bottle. A shot of the kitchen reveals it to be well-stocked and very orderly. When Neville takes a can of Tomato sauce from the cupboard, he replaces it from a stack under the table. He makes dinner for him and his dog while the TV plays a recorded news broadcast that is obviously several years old as it shows one of the hosts outside measuring the snowfall with a ruler. Neville tells Sam to eat her veget

Comments

2 comments

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Sep 25, 2008 11:35PM EDT

...wouldn't let me finish sry LOL!

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Jan 1, 2009 7:23AM EST

great movie and great review

Want to comment on this? First, you must log in to your SideReel account!