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Hollywood disappoints yet again!
on 5 May 2008
It beats me why people get their hopes up anymore when Hollywood gets its hands on a good book to turn into a movie. This movie was never going to be as good as the original story. I think thats why they gave it to Francis Lawrence to direct as a stronger, more established director would have had greater clout to maintain the most important elements from the book.
Whats good? Well, Will Smith cuts the wisecracking for once and actually ACTS a bit, (thats right you didn't misread that)!! Deserted New York looks amazing, the flashback story works well, the scenes with the dog are emotional and convincing and the tension of the dark scenes is white-knuckle indeed!
Whats bad? The CGI effects are SO bad! With several million to chuck at movies these days how come the CGI effects can be so bad?? The monsters look silly and cartoonish and real actors in make-up would have been better (zombie movies have been doing it for years!). The secondary characters that turn up are unconvincing and too convienient, (In the book, Neville comes across a young woman who earns his trust, only for her to turn on him in a major twist - no such ambiguity in THIS movie!). The ending is not rubbish by any stretch but just SO different from the book's which subtly draws us in to then reveal Neville for what he has truly become on the last page - sigh.
Well, in short, its okay saturday night fare but it could have been so much better, it could have been a classic...