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“I Am Legend” is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It’s so good, I saw it in theaters twice! I would recommend it to everyone over the age of 13, because it is very entertaining and will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The year is 2012, and Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a scientist trying to find a cure for the virus that killed 5.4 billion people. He is immune to it and has been researching a cure for three years.

He is the only one left in New York City and is searching for other survivors. Along with his dog, Sam, Neville tries to fight off the dark seekers, who are victims of the virus. They try to take him over, but using his survival skills, he manages to outlast them. As the movie progresses, the audience wonders if he has what it takes to cure the virus, and how he will do it.

A strong scene in the movie is when Neville is looking for his dog in a dark building. Smith does a good job because he makes you feel like you are there. As he searches, you start to hear noises. The audience wonders if he will come out alive. With many scenes like this in the movie, you will be on the edge of your seat.

Overall, I think “I Am Legend” is the best movie of the year. With good acting, suspenseful scenes, and a good plot, “I Am Legend” will definitely go down as a legend. I recommend it to anyone who likes action films.
















I am Legend Review

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Introduction

I am Legend Review The legend has come upon us Directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman, released in 2007 and gaining a spectacular seven awards and sixteen nominations, this thrilling sci-fi, horror film is bound to leave you speechless. Lawrence has definitely made the film truly immense. After you watch the film once, you will be left hooked. I am Legend, (based on the book written by Richard Matheson) As originally a vampire horror but the film has been adapted this into a sci-fi, tremendously well. I am Legend is definitely better than ‘Constantine’ (2005) which only gained one reward and four nominations. When the tragic Krippen virus (KV) brakes out in New York, Manhattan has to be evacuated. …read more.

Middle

Although I am not into sci-fi, horror films such as 28 weeks or Men in Black. ‘I am Legend’ had really impressed me. I enjoyed the action packed sc-fi, horror film. It was an amazing example of a perfectly executed film. Lawrence has turned the storyline into something that may happen in the future. Smith does an outstanding job in making the only main characters believable and likeable. As we travel through his life as he deals with pain, anger and joy, we see his emotions he makes us feel that he is the character. The other character include: the ‘dark seekers’ who are made to look extremely believable (there is a ring leader). Also Samantha the dog, who plays a big part in the film as she brings us closer to Dr Robert Neville. …read more.

Conclusion

Like when he is putting the dog down, we only see his face whilst he is putting the dog down, we see his pain, and there isn’t any music in that scene, it makes it more striking. Smith played the role of the character in such a way that the audience feels drawn to him, we get to witness the way in which he lives his life, we see everything he has faced. We see what he went through when he lost his family. We can connect to him, as we are made to understand how he feels. This was an excellent example of a fantastic sci-fi adventure; no one can top the great storyline and perfect example of a true heart-breaking story, which will leave you crying. I give this film a ten out of ten for the hard work that has been put into it. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Camilla Biskup …read more.

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hough this is the fourth time the story for “I Am Legend” (based on the novel by Richard Matheson) has been adapted for film (first as “The Last Man on Earth,” second as “The Omega Man,” and third as “I Am Omega”), the script is unduly similar to countless other horror and sci-fi films of late. Lone survivor Robert Neville (Will Smith) faces the monotony of isolation (as seen in “Silent Running” or even “Cast Away”) and grasps at the hope that he can discover a cure for the virus that has wiped out civilization (as seen in “28 Days Later” or “Resident Evil”). The constant jump scares become routine and the stodgy creature designs are curiously reminiscent of “The Mummy’s” Imhotep, lending to a picture that might be intriguing at first glance, but can’t deliver on its engaging premise.

From the first few minutes of the film, it’s more than apparent that the last man on earth is not alone. And that’s when the suspense hits. The most impressive (for fans of the genre) and simultaneously annoying aspect of “I Am Legend” is the lingering apprehension – a sense of perpetual unease. It’s not intellectual or psychological tension like that found in the works of Alfred Hitchcock, but mere boo sequences that jounce with unexpected flashes of movement. Startling the audience with fulminating noises, sudden commotion, or creatures lashing out at the screen may be easily effective, but it’s also cheap. And due to the regular intervals at which scream-inducing shocks assault the senses, it becomes entirely predictable as the movie progresses.

A lot has been left to the imagination, especially during the adaptation of the novel, from which the film deviates so greatly that taking its title was far from necessary. The post-plague breakout is narrated through dream sequences and flashbacks to explain why Neville is alone in New York. And while much of the deterioration of humans into vampiric zombies is left undeveloped in the background, the reverse effect, in which the creatures begin to grow smarter and appear to follow a leader, is completely untouched. In fact, the last thing viewers hear of Neville’s experiments on infected humans is that they have de-evolved into the most primitive of life forms – and yet, the very next second, they seem to be plotting intricate traps and training rabid dogs to attack.

In an attempt to demonstrate Neville’s loneliness as the last man on earth, the plot has him propping up mannequins in the neighboring video rental store to simulate interactivity with humans. It’s a relatively successful demonstration of the mental instabilities he suffers at the hands of extreme isolation; but even at its finest, when Neville finally confronts a female mannequin that he continually jokes (to his dog) about approaching, it feels like an inferior take on an idea already seen in other movies. At the same time, a single shot of one of the mannequins seemingly turning its head as Neville passes by, becomes the highlight of the picture’s creepiness.

By the end, “I Am Legend” remains notable for Smith’s onscreen charisma and his ability to sustain a one-man show. But the film as a whole offers nothing new to the genre. Straying far from the source material’s deeper, thought-provoking storyline (involving multiple factions of human digression and vampire tendencies), this update hopes to compensate with sensational action sequences and monster thrills, but poor creature designs and a chancy conclusion (alternate endings were readily available) work to counteract the blockbuster entertainment value.

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