I Am Legend / Je suis une légende (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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I Am Legend
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Robert Neville is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and maybe the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague -- The Infected -- lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Interesting and a bit intense, at times.
Yet, weak ending.
Also, the title had nothing to do with the story; there was no mention, for example, of a "legend" anywhere in the film. (So, loose end. Disappointing.)
Will Smith's possible narcissism (the title issue) aside, however, the movie was still mostly entertaining.
The story finds Smith as a doctor who lives a solitary existence in New York City,along with his German shepard,Sam.Through back story telling we find he had a wife and a daughter.He was one of a team that were responsible for developing a cancer cure.Much of the human population was inoculated,only for most to come down with a deadly virus that killed them.The others that weren't killed turned into light sensitive zombies,who came out at nightfall.Smith has been continuing to work on a cure in his basement lab,but with no success.His daily routine is monotonous,as his search pattern spreads out little by little each day through the city streets.He also makes his usual rounds to pick up necessities at various spots.
One day comes which changes everything.His dog runs into a darkened building in which he has to enter to get him.With zombies inside waiting for the dark,he barely manages to escape with Sam alive.He captures one and takes it back to his lab for testing.The next day he discovers a dummy from a store he frequents,sitting down at the dead end of an entirely different street.It is a trap,and before he is able to respond he is suspended above the street by a trip wire.The sun is going down and he finally manages to get loose and fall to the ground,but accidentally impales himself on his knife.Before he can reach his car he and Sam are attacked by zombie dogs which bite Sam.
Back at Smith's home and lab Smith injects Sam with a relaxant,but Sam soon turns.Smith is forced to kill his companion in his arms.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I really like this movie I just wanted to see the quality and sound on blurayPublished 3 months ago by Nobody
maybe you have not seen the original last man on earth with vincent price. there is a dog in that movie and what happens to the dog is so sad you will cry. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Torie Monaghan