I was pumped to like this movie after sitting through the dreck of Charlie Wilson's War, this being the second half of a six dollar double feature for Jim, Mitch, and me.
I really liked the first 2/3 of the film for the most part (other than the hokey flashbacks) and was on the edge of my seat. Yeah, there was silly Hollywoody cliches but who cares? I was having a great time. I loved the images of New York completely empty other than Will Smith, his dog, and animals. The eerie aspect of knowing that some zombie like creatures were lurking out there waiting for nightfall made me tense.
But the last 1/3 or so is simply 28 Days Later but with implausible plot developments, stupid dialogue, and all around crappiness.
Skip the upcoming Jim and Mitch comments if you don't want to read any spoilers.
Jim weighs in by e-mail, "Another thing that bugged me about I Am Legend: That woman had really specific information about the colony in Vermont. It was in Bethel, it was in the mountains, and the virus couldn't survive in the cold. But then when he asked her how she knew it was there, she says God. She obviously must have heard about it on the radio or from another person or something, so why didn't she just say that? It's like they wanted to insert a stupid religious argument in there, because an American audience can't go 10 minutes without someone talking about their God or praising Jesus or whatever.
Also: how did she and the kid get into and out of Manhattan? I'm assuming the tunnels must have been blocked off or blown up, since the bridges were. Did they take a boat?"
To which Mitch replied, "I thought about part one, but not part two and you are so right - how DID she get there? And if he really was the big important Time magazine researcher that he was (and that she was so impressed by), how come no one from Vermont (or, perhaps more importantly, on their way to Vermont) heard his bombardment of the radio stations before she did?"
Not to mention, how ridiculous was it that the woman had never heard of Bob Marley but knew who Damian Marley was? Give me a break.
And please, future filmmakers of the world - please don't ever make me watch any other film character recite scenes from Shrek again as a plot device.
I will say this though - that Will Smith sure is ripped! Just don't steal his prized bacon.
I now want to see the Vincent Price movie, The Last Man on Earth, to compare to this.
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