Before I start off this review, I want to note that this film is a zombie apocalypse type film, so it probably isn’t for little kids (like me) but nonetheless, let’s get into it. In I Am Legend, Will Smith plays the role of Dr. Robert Neville, an intelligent scientist, is the only survivor of a man-made virus that turns humans into bloodthirsty zombies in a depopulated New York City. While calling out for any other possible survivors, he must find a cure for the mutants and survive the apocalypse.
Will Smith did a great job as far as acting goes, especially during those times where he is completely alone in the film. He doesn’t make the film boring because he is such a fun actor to watch. The visuals in this film are also very well done, showing a run-down New York City without a single person in sight (other than Will Smith’s character. But what’s interesting in the film is that it’s set a few years after the catastrophe, and you can see plants and grass growing on the streets with abandoned cars everywhere not to mention the animals roaming around the city. New York is a city that we’re very used to seeing in films as a busy and exciting city but seeing it completely depopulated and empty is quite fascinating and unusual at the same time.
*Warning: The following might contain some SPOILERS!*
Though there are some flashbacks of the world before the virus and some people on the film like Dr. Neville’s family, other people do come into the story like a boy and her mother Anna (Alice Braga).
What made this film great is that one man captured the audience’s attention and carried the film well over three-quarters of its length. It gives us, the audience, an opportunity to get inside the head of a person who is known to be the last man alive, yet he isn’t really alone. Where one would predict that the film would become a mundane routine every day, no two days are alike when Dr. Neville is trying to survive, continuously searching for other humans and to eventually find a cure for the virus which has infected everyone he knows. Throughout the film, Dr. Neville’s life is full of alarms, scientific experiments, and the love for his dog. He often has flashbacks of his memories before the virus when he was with his wife and daughter, who is actually played by his real-life daughter, Willow Smith.
Here is my rating system. After reviewing every movie, I will rate the movie out of 5★ and out of 100 to let you know what I think of the movie.
5★(95-100): It’s an absolutely great movie that I would recommend to everyone, and definitely one worth watching.
4★(80-94): It’s a good movie that I would still recommend, but it’s just not exactly at the very top.
3★(70-79): It’s a movie that’s better than average, but still has its ups and downs.
2★(51-69): This movie is definitely under average. This movie is hard to enjoy and the director of this movie probably wasn’t even trying to make a good movie.
1★(50 and below): This movie is just complete utter bullshit, so much so that it makes me angry that I even watched it. The director of this movie was just drunk. This is the type of movie that will make you question your ability to pick a good movie. Instead of buying these types of movies, just donate your money to charity and you will be better off anyway.
My rating for I Am Legend is 4★ and 86.
In the end, the film offers a strong performance from Will Smith, but the plot is a bit dull at times, yet still very interesting as a whole. Highly recommended for thriller lovers.
*I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I did writing it. Thanks for reading!*