I Am Legend (2007)

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Will Smith stars as a military researcher who is seemingly the last person left on Earth and trying to find the cure for an engineered retro virus that has decimated the human population, turning many into mindless killers.

It seems to me that the reason a lot of people disliked this film was solely because it was not a faithful adaptation of the book it takes its name from. I personally haven’t read it and to be honest I don’t care if it’s faithful or not. A carbon copy adaptation of a book does not necessarily make a good film and vice versa; the two are completely different media. With that in mind, I have to say that I Am Legend the movie is actually pretty enjoyable. Will Smith is quite convincing as a man suffering the loneliness of total isolation and the scenes in the first hour of the film while the enemy is still unseen are very effective. It’s therefore a pity that it descends into the usual CGI-infested Hollywood claptrap for the final act. It reminded me of 28 Days Later because of the similar scenario and unfortunately it suffers from the same problem; the set up works really well, but the story didn’t seem to know where to go from there. Once the mother and son characters appeared it turned into a dodgy CGI-laden shoot em up and as a result became far less interesting.

Some of the plot elements are not properly explained and the ending is a little weak, but it’s definitely worth a look for the atmospheric and engaging opening scenes.

6/10

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