A mainstream Hollywood actor who seems committed to igniting science fiction features, Will Smith chalked up another sizeable hit in the shape of I Am Legend, the latest cinematic adaptation of Richard Mathesons book of the same name.
This time, Smith plays Robert Neville, the last man on an Earth emptied by a deadly virus that he continues to try and find a working vaccine for. With just his dog for company, and the fear of the vampires that haunt the night never far away, I Am Legend quickly establishes itself as a taut, highly watchable blockbuster, with plenty of reasons to gnaw at your nail.
Where I Am Legend really scores is in the excellent first half. The scenes of a deserted New York are quite staggering, and its also to Smiths immense credit that he holds the attention even though for the most part hes the only person on the screen. Its a quite wonderful opening hour that the film enjoys, and one that easily stands repeat viewings alone.
The back half of I Am Legend is, almost inevitably, not quite the match of whats gone before, as the threats of the night dont, when you finally see them, live up to expectations. Nonetheless, for Smiths performance, and the sheer quality of the build up, I Am Legend can stand side-by-side with the last take on the story, the Charlton Heston-starrer The Last Man On Earth. Take either home, and youre in for a rollicking good night in front of the telly. --Jon Foster
Robert Neville (Will Smith, Men in Black) is a brilliant scientist. But when a man-made virus can't be contained, Neville finds himself the last human survivor in New York City and potentially the world. For three years he faithfully sends out daily radio messages, desperate to find other survivors. But he is not alone... Mutant victims of the plague (The Infected) lurk in the shadows, waiting to catch Neville out. As perhaps Earth's last hope for mankind, Neville is driven only by the desire to somehow reverse the effects of the virus before it's too late...
Stills from I Am Legend
Stills from I Am Legend
In the ruins of New York. Scientist, Robert Neville is the lone survivor of a biochemical disease. With only blood thirsty zombies as his neighbors and his trusty dog, Robert is trying to discover a cure for this disease and to find out any other people who might have also survived.
DVD Warner Bros., 7321902294476, 2007 Region 2 PAL