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The Musings of an Eccentric Diva

Welcome to the Musings of an Eccentric Diva. My motto is: Giving Hollyweird movies the finger one movie at a time. Enter at your own risk (insert evil Vincent Price laughter here).
 


MOVIE REVIEW: I Am Legend 2007


Manhattan is Ground Zero for a plague that has eradicated everyone on Earth. The plague was created as a cure for cancer but it backfires. Dr Robert Neville (Will Smith) and his German Shepard Sam are the lone survivors. Neville is a US Army virologist who was at the forefront of creating a vaccine for the plague before all hell broke loose. He and his dog spend their days hunting for food and supplies in downtown Manhattan…which is deserted, overgrown with brush and inhabited by *cough cough* lions and deer , watching old newscasts and movies, exercising , and oh yeah…..protecting themselves from half-human, bloodthirsty night dwellers. The night dwellers are a result of the plague. Once nightfall hits, Neville must barricade himself inside of his home to protect himself and Sam from the creatures. Each day Neville goes to a bridge to broadcast a message that will hopefully draw survivors to his attention. In between foraging for food in the day and zombie watching at night, Neville diligently continues to come up with a cure to revert the night dwellers back to their human form. Will his vaccine work or will Neville become zombie bait? No more spoilers from me y’all!

Alrighty! First off, I am not a Will Smith movie fan. Personally I think he’s awesome but as an actor I find him a bit too cutesy and corny for my tastes. The premise of this film has that been there/done that feel to it. When I read this was a semi-remake of The Omega Man, one of my favorite films of all time, I was even more skeptical. I think the one factor that got me to watch this is the last man on Earth being a Brotha (or something like that, we are talking about Will Smith here lol). take on the story. I should’ve followed my first mind, this filmed reeked. The first half of the movie was fine and it was really cool trying to figure out how they made Manhattan look so deserted. Will did a great job of showing how a person would react to loneliness and isolation. His costar Sam the dog was just AWESOME..the best part of the movie. Insert lions, deer and Will racing around in a brand new Ford Mustang ….sounds ridiculous, yeah but this isn’t even the worst of it…I was still mildly entertained at this point. Where they lost me is when they introduced the night dwellers. Those bootleg, dollar store video game leftovers were neither scary nor entertaining. They went WAYYYYY overboard with the CGI effects in this film, I usually skip these types of films altogether. I think the film would’ve been more effective if the zombies were portrayed by actors in makeup versus those stoopid CGI creatures. Also, there were lot of inconsistencies and things that just didn’t add up in this film from a logic standpoint which I won’t give away here. Towards the end of the film the audience is hit with a heavy-handed religious message that seemed to be thrown in at the last minute to cater to the Christmas season movie-going crowd. The ending of this film is a tanker altogether, for me it was not in sync with the rest of the storyline. If you want to close your brain for 2 hours and enjoy a totally mindless piece of drivel, then see this film…if you are part of the thinking crowd, save your money and rent the stellar Omega Man instead


VERDICT: 1 Soul Clap

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