Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Movie Review: I Am Legend

Well, today has not been any better than the trend of late. So, I’ll divert your attention to a movie review, huzzah!

Clark and I watched I Am Legend on Sunday night. The movie left me feeling bummed. Are you surprised?

Anywho, I really enjoy Will Smith. I think he’s fantastic, and he acted very well in his role. Unfortunately, his role was not written as well as it could have been. It could have been a cool movie, but it didn’t quite make the cut for me.

I’ll try not to give anything away. From just the previews, we know that Will (I actually forget his character’s name, and I don’t care enough to look it up) is the last human on Earth. This, actually, is not true. Most of the humans were wiped out, yes, but many remained. They had been afflicted by a horrible virus which caused them to lose all human characteristics. That’s probably what the previews were trying to get across, but whatever, I’m nit-picky right now. So the humans that are left are pure evil, and Will happens to be the only one immune to the virus. Yeah, ok.

The virus was exposed and began to spread in NYC. The city was quarantined and Will was some sort of important government official/doctor who had to stay behind to try to find a cure. Well, he didn’t find said cure before everyone was killed by the virus, consumed by it, or eaten by someone who was infected, and he ended up being the only one left alive. He had safety during the day, because of course the virus made the infected peoples' skin sizzle off when it came in contact with UV light, not to mention they thrived on eating people and could detect the scent of blood (read: vampires).

The movie was really slow getting started, and never really got a whole lot faster. There were maybe two action scenes and a lot of silence. The computer graphics were poor, and the storyline was cheesy. I mean, it really wasn’t all that bad, but I wouldn’t want to see it again. The worst part was Will's companion, a German shepherd who was apparently also immune to the virus. The directors were obviously trying to force the audience to get attached to the dog, so it was clear from the very beginning that the dog was going to die. It wasn’t the worst part because the dog died…it was the worst because the director’s intention was so dang obvious, so I never allowed myself to get attached in the first place. I thought it was a cheesy movie and I’m bummed because I had been hoping and expecting a really good film. Shucks.

Funny/bummer factoid about this movie: We actually purchased this movie On Demand believing that we had a coupon for a free movie. The coupon was expired. And guess what came in the mail from Netflix yesterday? Yeah....I Am Legend.


AmyB said...

OMG, you did NOT just "huzzah".

Save it for RenFest, me lady.

Jess said...


i shall "huzzah" as i well wish!