I Am Legend

  • 15
  • Francis Lawrence (2007)
  • US
  • 96 min
I Am Legend
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi action horror starring Will Smith. New York in the future: military scientist Robert Neville is the last man on Earth after a virus has wiped out the human race. Neville is immune to the epidemic, but the plague has turned any survivors into vampire-like denizens of the night - creatures who must be avoided at all costs.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Francis Lawrence

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
May be edited for violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Dec 2007
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Drama