I Am Legend Critique

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Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure (IMDB, 2007). I Am Legend stars Will Smith, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok, Willow Smith, and Charlie Tahan; directed by Francis Lawrence; written by Warner Bros. Pictures; based on the novel I Am Legend, written by Richard Matheson. The movie demonstrates how a person may act and live during a devastating turn of events, which cause 90% of the Earth’s population to die and 9% to evolve into flesh eating, aggressive monsters. Furthermore, I Am Legend explores the idea that continued human interference of disease and prevention thereof may contribute to eventually ending human civilization. I Am Legend is a psychological thriller/horror movie worth watching, earning a distinct rating of four stars. Will Smith’s portrayal in this movie is unique in that the audience can watch as the solitude induced insanity slowly creeps over him (I Am Legend, 2007). Dr. Robert Neville was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army during the time of the outbreak and was determined to stay in the New York area, ground zero, in an effort of curing the population and mitigating further infection. From the 600 million that survived 12 million had a natural immunity to the virus and the rest were turned into dark seekers who are essentially violent aggressive degenerative zombies of the human form (Media Case Study, 2007). Therefore, 9% percent of the human population has become dark seekers, which feed on the flesh of the non-infected. Furthermore, Dr. Robert Neville must now fight the infected humans turned monstrous to survive while ultimately developing a cure for the airborne virus that has become the sole source for human extinction. As for the ending, Warner Bros. developed an ending to comply with the storyline they chose

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