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I Am Legend

200px-i_am_legend_teaser.jpgWill Smith is a funny, engaging actor, and the I Am Legend setup allows him to use his talents to full effect. The idea of recreating a deserted Manhattan with CGI is also cool. One can’t help being fascinated by one of the most iconic cities of the world inhabited by wild animals and little else. The problem is that it’s a zombie movie. A zombie movie!

I did feel twinges in my belly watching Will fight the deadly virus (which a very funny Emma Thompson unleashed upon the world) and try to avoid death at the hands (actually the teeth) of the zombies. Ultimately, though, the film doesn’t work, I think because it’s trying to be too many things–a horror flick, a love story, a science fiction thriller, an action flick, and, in a weird way, family entertainment.

Pass the popcorn, please.


1 juliette hanauer { 01.28.08 at 8:27 pm }

Your a good writer. Don’t waste your time reviewing bad films. Focus on reviewing films that are inspiring. We all need hope.

2 Steven Alm { 01.29.08 at 9:50 am }

Point well made.