Movie Review – I Am Legend – Jumpy

I Am Legend

After the outbreak of a lethal virus in 2009, in 2012 U.S. Army virologist Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville is left as the last healthy human along with his trusty dog in New York City and possibly the entire world. For three years, Neville is trying to discover a cure for this disease and to find out if any other people might have also survived. But most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood.

I somehow had a feeling this movie wasn’t good, I had no idea what it was about at all – and still had no idea when I watched it. I thought it was a love story or something, I was quite surprised when it got exciting and made me jump!

The jump factor was surely enhanced by the fact I completely wasn’t expecting anything scary! I don’t know why I thought it was bad either – it got pretty good marks on IMDB. It’s actually based on a book, a 1954 Science Fiction novel by Richard Matheson of the same name “I Am Legend“. This is the third time it’s been made into a movie.

In some ways it reminded me of Tom Hanks Castaway – Will Smith really carried this movie and he showed what a power house actor he really is, he and his dog Sam. It’s hard to find conflict when you are alone on screen and this is a big movie with a big void Will had to fill.

He did the job admirably! He really brings Robert Neville alive.

I am Legend - Will Smith

This is a big budget movie, but only one main actor – the support cast are not big stars. There are plenty of extras tho and special effects, the soundtrack is good and the effects well executed.

It’s a gripping movie that keeps you interested all the way through. A lot more could have happened though, more character development, more about Neville coping with his solidarity and his insanity creeping up.

It is scary, it’s convincing and it’s gripping – if you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth a watch!

You can check out the alternate ending here, it’s very cheesy tho – I’m glad they stuck with the one in the actual movie. The fans say however the alternate is more realistic and sticks to the book.

I give it a good solid 7.5/10.




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10 Responses to Movie Review – I Am Legend – Jumpy

  1. IcedNyior March 12, 2008 at 6:30 am #

    I also liked this movie. Some people said it was boring but I thought it was pretty interesting.

  2. Chong March 12, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    I guess those who said the show was boring is because they expected more like Resident Evil whereby unlimited ammos are being used to shoot zombies..

    However, I like this show because of the way Will brought the character to the screen.

  3. Wayne March 12, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    “I Am Legend” was a great movie. Will Smith ability to bring emotion with zero co-human actor feedback has been understated; loved the video store scenes. Also, the alternative ending should have been left in. ***SPOILER*** The theatrical release didn’t do the story justice because it left out the reason why the monsters kept after him. If food was the reason, they could have just gone after all those deer.

  4. KY March 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    I rate this as one of the worst movies in 2007, seriously. The ending and the whole “message” they tried to send in the movie was horshit.

  5. wongkj March 12, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    One of the most depressing movies I’ve ever watched. If only they left the alternate ending in, then it wouldn’t be THAT depressing.

    The scene where he had to kill his own dog made a female friend of mine cried lol!

  6. karlsilla March 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm #

    Don’t you think the theatrical ending was just so sudden? Like there was no closure at all? The alternate ending gave it way more meaning than Robert just blowing himself up.

  7. wombok March 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    Thanks for the link to the original ending. But man, have to say I like it better than the one in the movie.

  8. Albert Ng March 13, 2008 at 5:11 pm #

    I prefer the alternate ending. That was deep (though I did feel the original movie, in its entirety, was deep too.)

  9. Yuen-Chi Lian March 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    It’s my favorite last year. Most people that I approached did not enjoy the plot of it, but I did. I simply like how much space of imagination it had given to me.

    – yc