1 hour, 40 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Original Release: 3 aweseome animated comics: Death As a Gift, Isolation, Sacrificing the Few for the Many and Shelter;
DVD-ROM PC weblink to intense bonus material databank chronicling the movie's creation and exploring the history and current status of life-threatening viral infections;
Alternate Theatrical Version; Bonus digital copy.
Robert Neville (Will Smith "Ali") is a scientist in 2012 New York City, who inexplicably survived a man-made virus that has wiped out mankind. Each day he prowls the city with his faithful dog Sam and at night he hides in his fortified Washington Square house with his memories, watching old videos and listening to old albums that remind him of his vanished life.
Daily he searches for fellow survivors, but he only finds a host of mutated zombies. He begins to trap them and to experiment on their bodies with his immune blood to find a way to reverse the virus' effects. Then one day the creatures turn the tables and trap him. He is wounded, and Sam gets bitten by plague-carrying dogs.
Suddenly a young woman and child (Brazilian actress Alice Braga and Charlie Tahan) appear out of nowhere. A religious theme is introduced, and as the creatures lay siege to the townhouse, Robert discovers the antidote for the plague. All of which leads to an upbeat ending that is relatively hard to believe.
This is the third film adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel. The earlier versions were "The Last Man on Earth" (1964) and "The Omega Man" (1971). The action and suspense in "I Am Legend" do quicken the pulse under the assured direction of Francis Lawrence ("Constantine") who is in complete control of his actors and visual effects. But science fiction fans hoping for a faithful adaptation of the novel will be disappointed. Nevertheless it is a well acted, genuinely moving, horrifying, and thrilling journey into one manís lonely, desperate nightmare and as always Will Smith is excellent.