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Essential allegorical science fiction,
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This review is from: The Omega Man [DVD]  (DVD)
Robert Neville(Charlton Heston), who thanks to immunization to a terrible plague caused by the use of chemical weapons in a global war, wanders the streets of Los Angeles, eaking out some kind of existance, trapped in the same repeating rituals and also engeged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the plague carrying members of 'The Family' a technophobic cult who see Neville as the devil incarnate.
Hope comes in the form of Lisa(Rosalind Cash), another person who is as yet not affected, but whose brother is slowly developing symptoms of the plague virus. Neville agrees to help, but is Lisa his saviour or his nemesis?
Okay, this may be a very loose adaptation of Richard Matheson's oft-filmed novel 'I Am Legend', but it remains my favourite. Heston is superb in conveying both the steely determination and the despair of trying to keep the flag flying for humanity by oneself. He is also adept at the physical side of the performance. Anthony Zerbe is great as the sly, cunning Father Matthias, leader of The Family, who sees Neville as both a danger to his own power and the creator of all the worlds ills(Neville was a scientist before the plague decimated the population). The scenes of Neville wandering the desolated, empty streets with only corpses to keep him company are suitably eerie, and the film is a fine example of the direction 70's science fiction took on the big screen, with a thoroughly bleak outlook on the future of the Earth and its occupants.
The film isn't perfect. Ron Grainer's soundtrack is a mixture of good and bad and the pacing of the film meanders at times. The excellent set pieces that punctuate the film at regular intervals make up for any negatives though. A very enjoyable hour and a half for fans of science fiction, especially the 1970's science fiction film. 4 out of 5