An Inside Look at the “I Am Legend” Movie

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Here's a 2007 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie review for you to read. ***Spoiler alert though.***  

It stars Will Smith as the main character of the story.

scary_movie(Photo credit via Wikipedia)



The Story:

First, let's watch the trailer.

(Video credit: Movieclips Trailer Vault via YouTube)


“I Am Legend” is not too much of a blockbuster film as it is a fictional story of a man who have not lost hope on undoing what mankind had done:  Accidentally turning humans into undead monsters or vampire-like creatures called Darkseekers who now eat humans and other living beings due to a certain mutation of re-engineered virus in their system which was supposedly and hoped to be the cure to cancer.

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“The Legend” is a man who never stopped believing he could cure the disease of these monsters and that there are actually other people outside New York City besides him. He also never stopped believing he could actually heal these monsters and make them normal and human again.

One fateful day he finally stopped believing; he wanted to die and went off on a suicide mission to exterminate all those monsters and just die in the process. However, on that day, someone saved him from the monsters.

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The following day the same someone said God has not forgotten mankind, and thus it eventually led him to finally create a cure to the monstrous and deadly virus. And it also, sadly, led to his demise. But it wasn’t for nothing. “Legend” created a cure and died protecting the precious vial of blood that could once again rebuild humanity and the world.

And thus, in the imagined year 2012, mankind was saved again.



The Review:

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The story is obviously not one of those spectacularly wow-inspiring Hollywood movies meant to just show off impressive graphics. It’s more about human nature – that someone will always be willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of all mankind.

These sudden bursts of heroism usually arise out of a great need, but when there is no need, there is no hero.

Why do you think individuals willing to sacrifice their lives only come out to save humanity or other people at the last minute? It is because we are always clouded by our judgments and selfishness. There will always be those who want comfort for themselves and trample other people just too achieve it. We humans only want comfort and would never want to sacrifice it just to do humanity good.

 Humans are stubborn creatures, we only see our faults and sins when it is nearly too late. I hope this selfishness and self-preservation will not make us truly ruin our world and the future before it is too late.

When it comes to the set design, everything looks like how a post-apocalypic place should look like. Everything is breaking down or damaged, like this set photo below.

i_am_legend(Photo credit: Terry Ballard via Wikipedia)


Actually the set is not perfect but you won't notice the "mistakes" that much if you're too engrossed in the story. Everything looks unkempt and wild after the virus wiped out most of humanity in the film. Even if some people might not agree to some aspects of it as compared to if it could happened in reality, it still looks good enough for me.


(Photo credit via IMDb)


Will Smith won a Best Actor Saturn award for this movie too so I guess his acting was really good. 

It's a film that makes you think what you would do in his situation. Also it gives people hope that for every wrong that people do, someone can find a way to correct it and make it right again.




If you're into apocalytic and zombie or monster movies then this is one you should watch. You won't have any regrets because it has enough monster scenes until the end. 

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I recommend this film to serve as a reminder to every one of us that we should start doing something good for humanity and the world before it’s too late. Let us at least try and put aside our comfort and doubts even for just a few moments a day to unselfishly give to those in need. There will always be something good that happens when you do someone kindness and compassion.

Even if some people may rob you blind sometimes and hurt you when you try to help them, just remember that you are doing this to help other people who are incapable of accepting their fates, who are incapable of accepting where they have fallen into, and those other people who have just given up hope on themselves and steal other people’s light because they have been too long in the dark.

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There will always be light when there is darkness. Watch this movie and be inspired to share the light to those in the dark. Let each of us be inspired to be the light to the darkness inside other people. Let us help and guide others towards the light to save our future.

As for the rating, if it's from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, I give this movie a 7.



Additional notes:

There is an alternate ending to I Am Legend by the way, one where Will Smith's character does not die. Watch the video below on how they made it.

(Video credit: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment via YouTube)


There are also tie-in comics (pictured below) and an Online Massive Multiplayer Game of I Am Legend too, the latter I am not sure if still available to play.

will_smith_movie(Photo credit: Vertigo comics via movie-memorabilia-emporium)


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