| I am Legend (2007) |
A man-made plague kills most of the population and turns the rest into blood-thirsty mutant creatures that only come out a night. In New York City, only one man Robert Neville (Will Smith) is unaffected by the virus and he must find the cure.
This is a remake of the 1971 cult classic Omega Man starring Charlton Heston. I actually liked Omega Man more than ‘I am Legend', because it has a witty, sarcastic edge to it. The Robert Neville character is too nice and too comfortable. Will Smith does not get a chance to put much personality into the character as he did in ‘I, Robot' so it comes out quite bland.
There are lots of cool scenes of him speeding through abandoned and weed filled streets and gripping moments when the mutants creatures are sure get him. Like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, Will Smith manages to keep the movie going even though he is the only character on the screen for most of the movie.
I rate it male-positive, because it shows the qualities of men such as courage, perseverance and self-reliance and also shows the softer side as a father and a caring person.
This film is slow in places, but if you like a sci-fi thriller or are a Will Smith fan then it is worth seeing.
- Reviewed by Paul G.
Rated: PG13 in USA, 15 in UK, and 14A in Canada due to freightening and violent scenes.
Duration: 1 hour and 41 minutes