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I Am Legend December 19, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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This one shouldn’t come across as a surprise if you have seen post-apocalyptic dystopian movies like 28 Days Later (that’s the only one I remember seeing). A deadly virus infects people turning them into living zombie like creatures and Will Smith is the last “uninfected” man alive on earth because he somehow happens to be immune to the virus. In a desloated New York he lives on with the hope of finding a cure to the virus and also constantly on the lookout for any survivors.

In hindsight this is mostly an uneventful movie but what works to great effect is the tense and (often spooky) atmosphere which always keeps the viewer waiting in anticipation of something to happen. Limited use of sounds in the background also works its part. The entire sequence which leads to the first appearance of the “infected” is the best of the lot. But the movie falters somewhat towards the end for want of a better (or rather less-cliched) denouement.

Smith is the perfect choice for the protagonist. This is a role where there is pretty much a single character on screen for the whole duration and as such demands someone with a charismatic screen presence than anything else. Of course, one cannot forget the great CGI work in getting the whole desolated New York look.

Fans of this genre might probably see this as just a more mainstream version of the whole concept with an A-list actor (who really did ensure a surprise blockbuster opening) but I had quite a bit of fun watching this.


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