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  • I would definately recommend this film , if only for Will Smith's anguished and sometimes harrowing performance

    • by Mike999g

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      I am Legend is very much a one man show with lead actor Will Smith on great form in undeniably his best screen performance to date. Overhyped? almost definately, but despite this the end result is ultimately rewarding.

      So what’s it all about ? Emma Thompson makes a very brief appearance at the beginning of the film explaining to a sceptical news reporter the miraculous discovery of a cure for cancer. A cure which eventually evolves into a

      rabies-like pandemic which spreads to infect the human race plunging the world into an apocalyptic land of flesh munching zombies rampaging in the hours of darkness. The film is set on Manhattan Island � devoid of any human life in daylight hours except of course for Robert Neville(Will Smith), a scientist intent on searching for a vaccine to reverse the devestating effects inflicted on the human race. Accompanied by his loyal dog, Sam, we are given an eye opening insight ...

      • into his daily life as he motors around the desolate streets of Manhattan in his surprisingly pristine Mustang Shelby collecting supplies from abandoned buildings and avoiding the terrors lurking in the darkness. As the story unfolds, we discover how Robert Neville lost his wife and daughter to the virus, further fuelling his determination to discover a cure for the illness.

        Martin Lawrence’s direction is impressive, as are the special effects and although the opening scenes are visually impressive, the action in

        the early part of the film is somewhat subdued as befitting the surreal surroundings. The film has been adapted from the Novel by Richard Matheson(1954),and later put to screen in the Italian made film, The Last Man On Earth(1971) and then The Omega Man(1971).

        This movie is certainly not typical Hollywood fare and raises some very challenging moral questions about the damaging effects of scienctific experimentation. I would definately recommend this film , if only for Will Smith’s anguished and sometimes harrowing performance.

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