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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5--Three Times A "Legend",
I was really looking forward to seeing "I Am Legend", from the moment I found out earlier this year. In preparation to seeing the movie, I watched Vincent Price in "The Last Man on Earth" and Charlton Heston in "The Omega Man". Even though the main ideas of the two prior versions were the same (last man, virus, night creatures, etc.), the delivery varied for their...
Published on Feb 7 2008 by Jenny J.J.I.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING...
I love Will Smith and have always enjoyed his films. So, when I heard he was doing this remake of the book, "I Am Legend", Richard Matheson's masterpiece of horror, I could not wait to see the film. Having already seen the two prior adaptations, "The Omega Man", starring Charlton Heston, and "The Last Man on Earth", starring Vincent Price, I looked forward to seeing what...
Published on May 9 2008 by Lawyeraau
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5--Three Times A "Legend",,
The first thing that struck me was the set. Growing up in New York City, it really hit me hard to see the devastation and isolation of the city that "Never Sleeps". The streets, the abandoned cars, the bridges, the U.N.,etc. It really hit home. Then we see a much slender, leaner Will Smith trying to cope with the fact that he was alone. His portrayal of Robert Neville is great. Very moving. I find the origin of the virus quite interesting as it comes as a side effect for a cure for cancer. The prior two movies used a plague (The Last Man on Earth) and germ warfare (The Omega Man) to explain the virus. The use of a cure that transforms into a virus gives it an ironic twist.
The film opens well, and continues that way until the introduction of the other two human characters, but that's about an hour or more of Smith, alone in Manhattan after a genetically-altered version of the measles has either killed or mutated the rest of humanity into super-violent creatures who prey on those unaffected, but only at night. They're killed almost instantly when exposed to sunlight. Smith, playing Robert Neville, was an Army Lieutenant before the virus was unleashed three years prior, and he spends his lonely days walking and stalking on the grown-in streets of Manhattan with his dog, Sam. At night, he locks himself in his apartment and attempts to find a cure. It's interesting seeing Smith carry the movie with only himself, Sam, some various wild animal species, and some mannequins. He does an excellent job, and I'm sure that's not an easy task for an actor. This is easily the most likable character he's ever played, and he brings a lot of great stuff to it, including humor and a scene that had me on the verge of tears.
Will Smith and the strength of the story outweigh the two mot glaringly bad things about this film. However, the creature effects are WAY too over-reliant on CGI, but then again, so are most horror films these days, so you might be used to it. Animatronics and foam rubber latex effects pioneered well over thirty years ago look a lot more believable than this cartoonish junk. And the other thing is the ending. It's not terrible, and it won't make you dislike the rest of the film, but the original story's ending is very sad and ironic, and this, like the other two adaptations, just can't seem to cope with the magnitude of the situation, so they always leave you with something WAY to hopeful for what we've seen throughout the rest of the film, and also, it seems that they're afraid to teach you the incredible lesson the original Matheson story had to offer. This is a good adaptation of Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend.' So far, none of the three have nailed it, due to the inability to just use the story's ending, but this one comes close and is certainly one of the best of the three (the other two are good flicks so I recommend them all).
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary!,
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This review is from: I Am Legend [Blu-ray] [Import] (Blu-ray)The I Am Legend Ultimate Collector's Edition is, in every sense of the word, legendary. The movie is hard to explain. Some people hated it, some people loved it. I saw this set for $9.99 at my local Giant Tiger, on DVD, and that was the inception of the idea, that I wanted this set. I went home and checked Amazon to see if it was there, for cheap. I knew it wasn't going to be $9.99 because it's on Bluray. When I found out it was only $23 without taxes I was freaking out. I had previously checked the US site, because they are usually cheaper, and found out it was $59.99. So, I ordered it.
The Movie - Experience, Audio, and Video.
I loved this movie when I saw it back in 2008. The quiet scenes are really haunting, making you feel lonely. The movie closely follows Neville (Will Smith) and his dog. The things that happen to him and his dog are sad, funny, and overwhelming. When things start up, it never lets go of the tension. I Am Legend does not seem like a movie that may be funny, but there are a couple scenes. When Neville goes into a grocery store near the beginning of the film, he talks to the mannequin's, asking for advice in whether or not he should approach the female mannequin. The film like this does not need comic relief, and usually ruins the film, but this films deal's with this carefully. It is really smartly packed into the movie. The alternative ending gives you closure, where the other makes you feel depressing, but both endings are amazing. I really love this movie. The quality on this bluray is top-notch. The bluray transfer is perfect compared to some of the releases near the beginning of I Am Legend's release. The mustang Neville drives in the beginning of the film is detailed in every shot, and is amazing to watch. The lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound matches the video. Perfect. I love re-releases that actually benefit the movie. The sound compliment's the beautiful picture quality greatly.
The Packaging and Content:
The packaging is really cool. The artwork is fantastic on the box, and the order the items were placed it beautiful as well. The art book, the photos, the case, and the lenticular are all packed in nicely. My only complaint is that the bluray casing is the same size as the DVD so does not suit all my bluray's. I do not mind too much, because I'd like to keep it in the box anyway's. The extra features are extensive too. The focus points on the main bluray is very thorough and informative. The extra features are really awesome, and the addition of the alternative version (more notably the alternate ending) is very spectacular.
Packaging, Items/Price: 5/5
Overall, the package is worth the money. It's initial release would have been more around $60, but for what you get, I would have still paid full price. The movie is awesome, video quality is spectacular, and the audio is immersive. The extras are thorough and extensive. If you liked the movie, pick up this set! It is worth the $25 bucks. I love the movie, this set, and the MINOR flaws (not a bluray case) are over whelmed by the amazing advantages.
5.0 out of 5 stars Be afraid of the dark,
This review is from: I Am Legend / Je suis une légende (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)I Am Legend (2007)
Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller, 101 minutes
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Starring Will Smith and Alice Braga
Will Smith is one of the biggest box office draws, whether it's for action, comedy or drama. He has the charisma to pull off just about any role and is improving as a dramatic actor as he matures. I Am Legend contains some action, but it's a futuristic drama more than anything else. Smith is required to show considerable range.
The movie makes this list because it shows how people adapt in extreme situations. Robert Neville (Smith) is possibly the last man alive after a cure for cancer turns people into aggressive zombie-like creatures who live in the dark. He's a scientist and appears to have a natural immunity to the virus. He's trying to develop a vaccine that will help these creatures recover their humanity.
Imagine if you had an entire city to yourself. How would you spend your time? Neville has a routine. He wakes up at the same time each day, works out, and then systematically searches the buildings in the area for canned food and bottled water. This is vital for his survival. He also continues his research and tries out his vaccines on laboratory rats. In order to maintain the illusion that he's not alone, he watches recorded TV shows and talks to mannequins while he works his way through the inventory of a local video store. Every day at Noon, he waits at a predetermined location for any response to his radio messages offering hope and shelter to other survivors.
New York is an abandoned city. Grass has reclaimed most of the land and Neville has to compete with lions when he goes hunting for dear. The early special effects are very convincing and we are drawn in to Neville's world. Some of the exposition is achieved through showing Neville's dreams and we discover that his wife and daughter were evacuated along with the other healthy people left in the city. His only friend now is Sam, his dog. Unlike Neville, Sam can be affected by contact with the creatures roaming the city.
One of the saddest scenes in the movie comes after Sam is bitten by a creature carrying the virus. He injects her with serum in the hope that it will prevent her from transforming into a deadly version of his former companion. If you are an animal-lover, it's a hard scene to watch.
I won't ruin the movie for those who haven't seen it. Is Neville really alone? Will he develop a cure? If he does, will it even be possible to capture the creatures and successfully administer the cure?
The film raises a serious question; are humans the biggest threat to their own survival?
The Blu-ray includes an alternate ending. Both endings are hopeful, but one is considerably more hopeful than the other. The Blu-ray presentation is just about perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THE ALTERNATE ENDING!!!!! WILL SMITH IS GREAT!,
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4.0 out of 5 stars The solitude lifestyle - Not all it's cracked up to be,
This review is from: I Am Legend (Full Screen) (DVD)I am Legend stars Will Smith as the supposed last man on earth after a deadly plague rids the world of every human being on earth 3 years ago. Still, Smith is not alone, there are animals, some of them friendly and others definitely not, and hordes of vampires, remnants of what used to be the humans Smith knew.
This film is a great rendering of solitude and how in the end nothing matters but the relationships we form with other people. We see Smith go to great lengths to try to salvage something approaching the real world, for example him going to a video store full of mannequins to rent movies and him watching old news that was taped, all in an effort for him not to lose his grasp on the English language and to avoid sliding into insanity.
Almost more of a remake of "The Omega Man" rather than a faithful adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic novel, "I am legend" is a great film with an amazing performance by Smith. There's not a lot of actors today I could suffer as being the only character for the entire movie, but Smith pulls it off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING...,
This is an interesting adaptation of the book in many ways, capturing the essence of despair, loneliness, and hope that runs through the book and transferring it successfully to film. Here, Will Smith is cast as Robert Neville, a military scientist who finds that he is immune to the virus that has run amok and globally killed off most of the population or turned them into vampire-like killers who dwell in the dark, coming out only at night where they prowl the earth seeking other living creatures to nosh on.
Robert Neville seems to be the only human being left in New York City. Coming out by day with his beloved dog, which is his only companion, Neville hunts for food and necessities, taking care to get home before night fall. He lives in solitary splendor in his town house in Washington Square Park, where he struggles to find a cure for the virus in hopes of restoring humanity to those rabid creatures that were once human and now prowl the earth at night.
The bleak landscape of a New York City that is ravaged by the changes is compelling, and Smith, as Neville, does exude that pathos of a man who has nearly lost all hope. His attempts at communicating with other human beings that have not been transformed by the virus are touching, especially so when we see how he longs for interaction with others like himself.
Unfortunately, the film becomes undone by too much reliance on computer generated monsters, failing to realize that less is sometimes more. Instead, the special effects render the second half of the film to something that one would see in a video game. Consequently, I found myself hoping that the end of the film would soon arrive.
While I did enjoy the film overall, it was, ultimately, disappointing, as my expectations were so high. It is unfortunate that the powers that be were so enamored of the special effects that they were unable to show some restraint. What was potentially a filmmaking masterpiece turned into a film that was simply a contender, despite Will Smith's excellent performance. In the end it was a performance that was overshadowed by the filmmaker's excess.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ending spoils the movie, good Steelbook,
This review is from: I Am Legend (Limited Edition SteelBook) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)The movie is great until the end where it becomes another mindless action fest, which is a pity.
The Steelbook itself looks good, though the cardcover is attached on top via a sticker. This is unwieldy and looks pretty cheap (and for the premium you pay for a Steelbook a normal cardslide shouldn't be that much to expect), as the cover does contain useful information like running time so I don't want to throw it awat
2.0 out of 5 stars I Am Legend,
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done version,
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I agree with at least one other reviewer that this really should have had a running commentary available, ideally from Will Smith. It also begs for a "making of" extra feature.
One other sorta-negative comment relates to the alternate ending, which I haven't seen yet but I'm currently watching the disk 2 version which includes that. I'm not aware of any changes up to where I currently am (the dream-flashback scene in which the bridges are destroyed). So was it really necessary to use the second disk for a repeat of the entire movie but with the other ending, rather than adding that as an extra scene on the first disk, similar to how deleted scenes are typically handled? Maybe it would have created problems with viewers' sense of the story flow? It certainly would have left disk 2 free for the kinds of extras we would have liked to have seen.
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid; Stunning; Real,
All alone in New York, virologist Neville tries to find a cure and "fix" the problem that stole the lives of everyone he knew and everyone he loved, while also trying to survive in a city infested with the infected and ferocious monsters.
Straight from the start you know you're in for a ride.
An empty city, overgrown and broken down.
A lone guy speeding through the streets in a fancy car, weapon at his side.
Animals prowling the streets, free of their cages.
The lock up.
Yeah, good stuff.
The intense feeling of atmosphere was what drew me into this flick. Immediately isolation sets in right from the first frame as we see Neville trying to maintain a normal life in a dead city (renting movies, talking to mannequins, keeping a routine), his eyes washed with pain yet underscored with determination to keep on going. This is a one-man show and I haven't seen it done so well since Cast Away (one of my favorite movies) years and years ago.
No complaints about Will Smith here and he's done a good job over his career to make you forget about the loud-mouthed homeboy he played in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Plus, did you see the guy in this film? He's ripped! Shredded. But, I guess, you'd have to be if you lived a world where vampire-zombie-human things prowled the streets and your life could be in jeopardy at the drop of a hat if you weren't too careful.
Which brings me to the monsters in question. Overall, well done. Creepy skin, no hair, loud growls, amazing agility and intensely vicious. Yeah, killer. Obviously they were CGI so they did look a tad rubbery and there were a few moments where it felt I was looking at a cartoon. Thankfully, those moments happened so fast and the action was so intense that I quickly forgot my quibble and moved on.
My only thing was the ending. Now, I never read the book so I can't compare, but it ended too abruptly and really lost its post-apocalyptic feel in the last five minutes or so. Sort of a Disney ending, which didn't fit in with what was a gloomy story up until that point.
Regardless, if someone asked me what I thought of this film, I'd tell them to go see it.
It's that good.
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