I Am Legend (15)

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Will Smith in I Am Legend

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Time Out says

Mon Dec 17 2007

Throwing Will Smith’s star power and shed loads of CGI at a remake of the 1971 sci-fi movie ‘The Omega Man’ makes sound commercial sense. After all, it worked with ‘I, Robot’ and ‘Men in Black’. The first half of ‘Constantine’ director Francis Lawrence’s ‘re-imagining’ suggests that the darker themes of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel might survive. Then the redundant flashbacks kick in, the mutant albino monsters appear, and you’re left gawping at $100 million-worth of eye-popping futuristic B-movie.

Kudos to Smith for taking on the Charlton Heston role of Richard Neville, a military virologist who miraculously survives a pandemic that wiped out most of Manhattan’s citizens, and transformed the rest into flesh-craving nocturnal zombies. But he is such a likeable actor that he fails to take us with him when he changes from a kooky, Bob Marley-loving guy who talks to his dog into an embittered, faithless cynic. And God knows he has reason to doubt: his wife and daughter were killed during the evacuation, and he spends his days scavenging for supplies and searching for an antidote. His nights are spent barricaded inside a brownstone, while the creatures of the night howl for blood outside.

Despite the striking post-apocalyptic images of nature returning to the city, this is an oddly benign world. Like the herd of deer that Neville encounters, Lawrence’s vision is timid and evasive. The film falls apart when the appearance of Anna (Alice Braga) restores Neville’s faith and lays the groundwork for an absurd, religious happy ending.

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15

UK release:

Wed Dec 26, 2007

Duration:

101 mins

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jamieg

Enjoyable hokum up to the point of the the girl and the religious syrupy ending .The sets and the CGi make for very good viewing ,a better movie good have been made with more information on the zombie like creatures though

Sandra

Not bad... and your're not a legend just copycat. Coz this is yet another version of "The Omega Man" (1971).

Danni

I loved this film, have watched it quite a few times. Alongside Will Smith being completely gorgeous, he's funny and then serious when needed. He's a perfect actor. And the plot suits him perfectly. He is a legend, and so is this movie.

Danni

I loved this film, have watched it quite a few times. Alongside Will Smith being completely gorgeous, he's funny and then serious when needed. He's a perfect actor. And the plot suits him perfectly. He is a legend, and so is this movie.

lauren

This is one of the best films i have ever seen. People complaing about the CGI zombies must have been examining it wayyy too closely to enjoy the film because i didn't see any problem with it! Will Smit an the dog are amazing, as is the film. I crye at lots of parts especially Sam dying:'( Amazing film xxx

lauren

This is one of the best films i have ever seen. People complaing about the CGI zombies must have been examining it wayyy too closely to enjoy the film because i didn't see any problem with it! Will Smit an the dog are amazing, as is the film. I crye at lots of parts especially Sam dying:'( Amazing film xxx

ian

I am legend is the best film out and that will smith is the best actor in the world

ian

I am legend is the best film out and that will smith is the best actor in the world

anon

i thought this film was worth going to see,i was expecting abit better but cudnt complain really :)

Sam

This is possibly the worst dross I have ever been unfortunate to see. Terrible & predictable. I could probably pick fault in every scence. avoid at all costs. truly awful!!

tiernan

this film is a legend!! one of best shows ive seen in a good while ... will smith at his best in my opinion!

tiernan

this film is a legend!! one of best shows ive seen in a good while ... will smith at his best in my opinion!

critique

For once, the Time Out reviewer is pretty much spot-on. Hard to make a failure out of such excellent source material but it could have been so much better.

Alison

Awful film!! I believe if Will Smith wasn't in this film it would never have made it to the screens in the first place. The only really good part of the film is how desolate New York is made to look, full credit to the prop department. EXTREMELY boring film.

Lonhz

I was looking forward to this movie after seeing the trailers but.... not good, why? too much CGI all the zombie creatures and some of the driving sequences, just a man talking to his dog for half the film is a little dull, great idea for film though, The original Omega man with Charlton Heston is great

puddy

this has to be one of the sadest but gratest movies made lol i was reali looking forward to seeing it and when i saw it i wasnt let down or disapointed it was an amazing movie!

puddy

this has to be one of the sadest but gratest movies made lol i was reali looking forward to seeing it and when i saw it i wasnt let down or disapointed it was an amazing movie!

Andy

Avoid this film at all costs. It was shallow, boring and very predictible. Why didnt the director play more on Smiths fall into mental turmoil instead of concentrating on cheap shock tactics. I want my money back, utter dross!

Martin

Gets off to a poor start and then just gets worse and worse. Fizzles out completely at the end. Complete waste of time.

Scotty J

This film is a modern cinema masterpiece. How anyone can say this film is bad I do not know? It just beggers belief! Smith has made his best film to date with some serious acting in a hard hitting storyline. The way he portrays the agonisation of of being solitary is immense and I can relate to this from in my own personal life. The way he becomes suicidal at one stage just makes it worth a watch on it's own merit. Go on Smith, kill ya self!!

Scotty J

This film is a modern cinema masterpiece. How anyone can say this film is bad I do not know? It just beggers belief! Smith has made his best film to date with some serious acting in a hard hitting storyline. The way he portrays the agonisation of of being solitary is immense and I can relate to this from in my own personal life. The way he becomes suicidal at one stage just makes it worth a watch on it's own merit. Go on Smith, kill ya self!!

Maya

The film is worth seeing,though the book was 10x better. The ending to this film was changed,and a bit rushed resulting in the book being better. Also, a few parts of the plot were changed and the film would have been alot better if it was set to the time of the novel. READ THE BOOK people. Honestly,alot better but the movie is definatly a movie I would watch again.

Mark

to everyone that claim's it's like 28 days later and that i's far to modern, read the f***ing book, use your brain for once!!! did you know this film was origonally based on the 'cure' turning people into vampires.... this taken out of the film i personally think was a good move as it improved the quality of the SCREEN PLAY, however this till remains one of my favouite books, and one of my favourite films along with american beauty and tartan's oldboy

Mark

to everyone that claim's it's like 28 days later and that i's far to modern, read the f***ing book, use your brain for once!!! did you know this film was origonally based on the 'cure' turning people into vampires.... this taken out of the film i personally think was a good move as it improved the quality of the SCREEN PLAY, however this till remains one of my favouite books, and one of my favourite films along with american beauty and tartan's oldboy

Mark

if people claim that this is a 'terrible film' then they are not in their right minds to be film critics!! this is the best role that Will Smith has taken on in his film career. no film is perfect and the butterfly references are a bit repetitive and predictable, and the ending should lead more to the imagionation but i challenge anyone to say that this role was not perfectly fitted for Smith, The story line although different from the book has been perfectly adapted for todays modern 'cinema going person' and the limited cast all do a spectacular job at delivering the message of this film perfectly that whatever happens be it the dark seekers or his own mind driven mad by 3 years of solitude, this film is the best i have seen in a long time. Wholely deserves a high rating and anyone that rates it low is in it for the trailer and not for the film that has a very limited soundtrack and a low amount of action, however still kepy my attention strongly the first and second time through watching. Hollywood needs more films like this and less films such as alvin and the chip munks and the other badly written, badly acted films that are around these days! five out of six, well deserved!! Mark!

Mark

if people claim that this is a 'terrible film' then they are not in their right minds to be film critics!! this is the best role that Will Smith has taken on in his film career. no film is perfect and the butterfly references are a bit repetitive and predictable, and the ending should lead more to the imagionation but i challenge anyone to say that this role was not perfectly fitted for Smith, The story line although different from the book has been perfectly adapted for todays modern 'cinema going person' and the limited cast all do a spectacular job at delivering the message of this film perfectly that whatever happens be it the dark seekers or his own mind driven mad by 3 years of solitude, this film is the best i have seen in a long time. Wholely deserves a high rating and anyone that rates it low is in it for the trailer and not for the film that has a very limited soundtrack and a low amount of action, however still kepy my attention strongly the first and second time through watching. Hollywood needs more films like this and less films such as alvin and the chip munks and the other badly written, badly acted films that are around these days! five out of six, well deserved!! Mark!

matt

Thought Smith did an excellent job of holding the position as the only actor in the film - apart form a few bit parts. haven't read the book or seen the orginal so cannot comment on them compared to this, but I would not take the opinion of any one of the other critics here who cannot spell properly.

matt

Thought Smith did an excellent job of holding the position as the only actor in the film - apart form a few bit parts. haven't read the book or seen the orginal so cannot comment on them compared to this, but I would not take the opinion of any one of the other critics here who cannot spell properly.

Steven

I went to see this movie yesterday night and was VERY dissapointed. My expectations were very high but, as it turns out, the film was rather boring. The story-line was midi-oker and the ending was rubbish. It was as if they had run out of time whilst making it and quickly threw an ending together. I would not recommend.

Kevin Kane

When i heard this fil was coming i out i bought the book to have a understanding of what the film would be like. I hate reading but i loved the book. you will find that even though the film is taken from the book they are two completely different thing. The book does contain good action, however it is actually about how a person deals with isolation and dealing with it mentally and sexually. The book focuses more on the feelings and thoughts and actions of isolation and how it can turn you to suicide. But in the book Robert Neville eventually loses to the vampires and kills himself before e is executed by the new vampire race who are able to walk around in day light. The title " I AM LEGEND" is known because to the vampires he is the "day walker" the human version of dracula. Dracula would go into peoples rooms when they were sleeping. Robert Neville would do the same when they were sleeping during the day.As you know Dracula is the vampire legend in the human world. So Robert Nevlle is the human legend in the vampire world. Will Smith done a extremely good job of potraying the protagonist, but the book is a bit depressing with acions scenes flung in. But after all it is hollywood and they wouldnt do that. In my opinion read the book then see the film or see the fil then read the book. if u do this u will appreciate the film more. even if u hate reading like me u wll enjoy the book. it isnt a long book so it shouldnt take u long. It took me 3 days i fink. But upto you who ever ou are.

Kevin Kane

When i heard this fil was coming i out i bought the book to have a understanding of what the film would be like. I hate reading but i loved the book. you will find that even though the film is taken from the book they are two completely different thing. The book does contain good action, however it is actually about how a person deals with isolation and dealing with it mentally and sexually. The book focuses more on the feelings and thoughts and actions of isolation and how it can turn you to suicide. But in the book Robert Neville eventually loses to the vampires and kills himself before e is executed by the new vampire race who are able to walk around in day light. The title " I AM LEGEND" is known because to the vampires he is the "day walker" the human version of dracula. Dracula would go into peoples rooms when they were sleeping. Robert Neville would do the same when they were sleeping during the day.As you know Dracula is the vampire legend in the human world. So Robert Nevlle is the human legend in the vampire world. Will Smith done a extremely good job of potraying the protagonist, but the book is a bit depressing with acions scenes flung in. But after all it is hollywood and they wouldnt do that. In my opinion read the book then see the film or see the fil then read the book. if u do this u will appreciate the film more. even if u hate reading like me u wll enjoy the book. it isnt a long book so it shouldnt take u long. It took me 3 days i fink. But upto you who ever ou are.

chris

I fort it was a brilliant film my gf cud not stop jumpin at the scary bits, the film always had me wonderin wat is goping 2 happen next i think it was very entertaining. very enjoyabloe and definatly worth the watch Will Smith is a brilliant actor and mad the emothions in the film very real wat an actor

chris

I fort it was a brilliant film my gf cud not stop jumpin at the scary bits, the film always had me wonderin wat is goping 2 happen next i think it was very entertaining. very enjoyabloe and definatly worth the watch Will Smith is a brilliant actor and mad the emothions in the film very real wat an actor

Natalie

i did enjoy the film but fort there was guna be a bit more 2 it overall was good.

chris

Awful film. Me and gf waited for something to happen in movie but it never did. Terrible ending

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