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I Am Legend

I Am Legend

Francis Lawrence (2007)

96min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Francis Lawrence (Constantine) directs this third big-screen version of Richard Matheson's classic 1954 sci-fi tale (after The Last Man on Earth in 1964 and The Omega Man in 1971). Will Smith gives a convincing performance as a military scientist who is immune to a virus that turned most of humanity into vampire-like zombies. He effectively puts across the paranoid loneliness and sense of hope in the face of despair of a man who could be the last surviving human on Earth. However, the flashbacks, with epic scenes of Manhattan in chaos, sit awkwardly next to Smith's attempts to cope with his isolation - such as conversing with shop dummies and working his way through every single DVD in the local rental shop. Some formulaic shocks, credibility-busting plot holes and unconvincing CGI monsters shift this apocalyptic chiller into B-movie territory. But there's still an eerie charge in seeing familiar landmarks like Times Square transformed into a desolate, overgrown wilderness.

Summary

A Manhattan-based military scientist finds himself immune to a virus that turns humans into ferocious vampire-like creatures. After the disease has swept across the world, wiping out an estimated 90 per cent of the human population, he devotes his solitary existence to finding a cure by unlocking the secret within his blood. Sci-fi thriller, starring Will Smith, Alice Braga and Charlie Tahan.

Cast & Crew

Robert Neville Will Smith
Anna Alice Braga
Ethan Charlie Tahan
Zoe Salli Richardson
Marley Willow Smith
Alpha male Dash Mihok
Alpha female Joanna Numata
Mike Darrell Foster
Dr Alice Krippen Emma Thompson
Director Francis Lawrence
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: May be edited for violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 28 Dec 2007

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