I am LegendMikey 12 comments
I went into I am Legend with an open mind, which actually means I knew knowing a thing about it other than it stars Will Smith. It didn't take long to realise this movie had already been made before, in 1971 and it was called The Omega Man. My memories of The Omega Man are faint so I can't compare them and I wouldn't anyway, suffice to say the protagonist in both movies are the last men of earth.
Smith is Robert Neville, the apparent last surviving human on Earth after a man made plague wiped everyone out. Neville is immune to the disease and he spends a lot of his time trying to develop a cure.
I should say that not everyone was wiped out. Some survivors have transformed into vampire/zombie hybrids who can not be in direct contact with sunlight. On the subject of these hybrids, if there were ever an award category for most unconvincing CGI 'I am Legend' would be a sure winner. The monsters were on a par with something you would expect to see 10 years ago, nothing like today's standards. In addition to the bad CGI, the sound emitted by the monsters was completely wrong. Remember these are still humans albeit with demised brain functions and a sensitivity to light, yet they had all lost the ability to speak and instead only ever roar at the top of their lungs. My point is they will still have human vocal cords, so they shouldn't sound like lions roaring at 100 decibels.
Anyway, back to the movie, Neville spends a lot of time fighting the monsters and trying to maintain his own sanity. He is eventually joined by a couple of other survivors he didn't know existed. Anna speaks of a 'promised land' where many survivors reside although Neville doesn't believe it. More of the survival horror scenario is played out until the bitter end of the movie, which wasn't what I expected - in a bad way.
The story is complex and so intriguing you will literally be perplexed throughout - sorry I couldn't keep a straight face saying that. The truth is 'I am Legend' is as boring as it sounds. I have read some reviews that claim Smith's performance was the only saving grace, but I couldn't see anything special about it.
On the plus side the deserted city scape looked convincing with free roaming animals and overgrown flora in the cities. The eerie quietness required for the movie was achieved quite well.
I can not think of a single reason to recommend watching this movie. But there is a lot worse out there (yeah I will continue bashing Die Hard 4 until the day I die).