January 31, 2008

I am Legend- many questions arise

Filed under: My reviews — Hodgepodge @ 6:24 pm

i-am-legend-poster_1.jpgOn the surface, I am Legend, starring Will Smith, is a good film. The special effects are, well, effective, and a lot of the scenes are intense, keeping you on the edge of your seat. This movie is a remake and adaptation. It is the third movie adaptation of the same title novel by Richard Matheson, that was originally published in 1954 (a friend of mine actually read it). The novel’s plot line is varied somewhat since the disease is vampirism and Neville was not a scientist by profession, but became one to figure out a cure.

The story line will soon be quite exhausted, though. I mean seriously, how many movies have you already seen or heard of where a disease plagued man kind and the few remaining have to survive in a harsher world (and not just I am Legend remakes)? However the special effects of the production, do balance out the already-seen plot line and give it a nice twist.

There are several points of confusion, however. Like the basic principle of why the main character, Robert Neville (Will Smith), is immune to this awful disease. Sure, he may have some genetic mutation, but why, out of the countless millions that populate New York city, is he the only one disease free? Other questions surface such as why Neville’s family died. There is a flash back scene on that topic showing a helicopter that is suddenly out of control just smash into the helicopter with Neville’s wife and daughter. But why does the helicopter go out of control in the first place? Further inquiries are made about Neville’s past and who the character really is. All we really know is that he is a scientist and possibly some sort of military man. There just aren’t enough details.

There is also a stark contrast between the beginning of the movie, which shows Neville having fun in possibly stolen sports cars and playing golf with his loyal dog, Sam, with the rest of the film, which depicts his loneliness (like talking to manikins) and his desperation to find a cure.

Even though some questions arose, the movie was captivating. It just goes to show how as technology progresses there are many more problems that humans are capable of creating.


  1. hey! thats cool! i haven’t seen the movie yet…cause honestly i scared out my pants at seriously intense movies….

    Comment by hodgepodge's best friend — February 7, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  2. I watched this movie and I think its great..
    there are lots of movies with virus and then the people who are infected with virus will become zombies.. but, this movie is way different from those movies..

    Comment by ghing — February 27, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

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