There is no denying that Will Smith throws in a heartfelt, believable and surprising performance in Francis Lawrence’s new movie I Am Legend
The basic outline is that a scientist creates a vaccine with a genetically modified strain of the Measles virus that attacks Cancer in paitents, and the world is praising her efforts. Then the movie comes in 3 years later and we a shown the streets of New York City with abandoned cars, overgrown streets and total silence. This is a powerful vision, and sets the tone for the movie.
Will Smith plays the role of Robert Neville, a army colonol who is a virologist, who is the last human alive in New York City, and possibly the world. We follow the story of Robert who goes to the docks everyday at noon hoping that a survivor will come, catching animals and Nightstalkers to complete testing in his lab where he is working on a cure. It’s interesting how even in this horrible dystopian New York City that Robert still has a routine. Up at sunrise, works out, goes to the video store and gets himself a new DVD everyday, off to the docks and then back home before Sundown.
The mutated humans left from the virus attack are known as Nightstalkers, and are illergic to UV light just like Vampires. These nightstalkers do looks like some nasty bad guys, but don’t have much of a brain left, taken over by the hunger.
Will Smith throws in a emotional performance, which has it’s interesting points. His relationship with his dog is heart warming, which is his last family member and friend in the world left. Yet he also manages to create some new friends in the way of manniquins, which he sets up outside the video store and inside, and talks to as if he speaks to them every day. The reason he has done this would be to deal with his lonliness, his fear, and his longing for someone to talk to. The importance of this is shown in the scene after Sam (his dog) dies, and he is in the store in where he says to the manniquin “I promised my friend I’d say hello to you today….so hello……….please say hello to me…………please say hello to me……….please say hello to me” as tears are streaming down his face. It just is such a powerful part of the movie where Will truly shines, showing that he can’t live without his dog, his best friend
I’m not going to spoil anymore from the movie, but I will just say the ending didn’t sit right for me. I expected a little more, not to say that this ending wasn’t expected. In the end I Am Legend is a decent movie, but isn’t going to win Oscars. All in all it’s definately worth a viewing, and I’m probably going to buy it on Blu Ray when it’s released