I Am Legend
stars Will Smith (Men in Black
)as Robert Neville, a brilliant scientist. 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...
A huge host of extra content including:
Disc 1: - Original release of the film - 4 awesome animated comics: Death As A Gift
, Sacrificing The Few For The Many
, and Shelter
Disc 2: - An alternative ending - A Cautionary Tale: The Science of I Am Legend
- DVD-ROM PC Weblink to intense bonus material including extensive behind-the-scenes extras.
Still from I Am Legend
Will Smith stars in the third adaptation of Richard Mathesons classic science-fiction novel about a lone human survivor in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by vampires. This new version somewhat alters Mathesons central hook, i.e., the startling idea that an ordinary man, Robert Neville, spends his days roaming a desolated city and his nights in a house sealed off from longtime neighbours who have become bloodsucking fiends. In the new film, Smiths Neville is a military scientist charged with finding a cure for a virus that turns people into crazed, hairless, flesh-eating zombies. Failing to complete his work in time, and after enduring a personal tragedy, Neville finds himself alone in Manhattan, his natural immunity to the virus keeping him alive. With an expressive German shepherd, his only companion, Neville is a hunter-gatherer in sunlight, hiding from the mutants at night in his Washington Square town house and methodically conducting experiments in his ceaseless quest to conquer the disease.
The films first half almost suggests that I Am Legend
could be one of the finest movies of 2007. Director Francis Lawrences extraordinary, computer-generated images of a decaying New York City reveal weeds growing through the cracks of familiar streets that are also overrun by deer and prowled by lions. Its impossible not to be fascinated by such a realistically altered cityscape, reverting to a natural environment, through which Smith moves with a weirdly enviable freedom, offset by his wariness over whatever is lurking in the dark of bank vaults and parking garages. Lawrence and screenwriters Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman wisely build suspense by withholding images of the monsters until a peak scene of horror well into the story. It must be said, however, that the computer-enhanced creatures dont look half as interesting as they might have had the filmmakers adhered more to Mathesons vampire-nightmare vision. I Am Legend
is ultimately noteworthy for Smiths remarkable performance as a man so lonely he talks to mannequins in the shops he frequents. The films latter half goes too far in portraying Smiths Neville as a pitiable man with a messianic mission, but this lapse into pathos does nothing to take away from the visual and dramatic accomplishments of its first hour. --Tom Keogh