Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I Am Disappointed

Caught this in a trailer, and frankly, it looks like another crappy telling of an outstanding story. Again with Will Smith.
A man-made virus wipes out the population of New York City in 2009, leaving virologist Robert Neville (Will Smith) the last human survivor in the city and possibly the world. Neville lives alone for three years, attempting to contact and find other possible survivors. He is watched by mutant victims of the plague. Neville was the indirect cause of the fall of man: his government-funded research helped spread the virus, and he now works to redeem himself. Naturally immune, Neville realizes that two percent of the human race must also be immune. However, many of them were killed by the infected, who became cannibalistic. Neville finds himself outnumbered by the infected and running out of time.
The mutilated I Robot, and now this. The reason Neville became "legend" is because he was the monster relentlessly killing off the mutants. From what I read here and have seen in the trailer, I'm guessing that we won't have Smith's character doing that.

Get this:
Smith said he took on I Am Legend because he felt it could be like "Gladiator [or] Forrest Gump — these are movies with wonderful, audience-pleasing elements but also uncompromised artistic value. [This] always felt like it had those possibilities to me." He compared Neville to Job, who lost his children, livelihood and health. Like the Book of Job, I Am Legend studies whether "can he find a reason to continue? Can he find the hope or desire to excel and advance in life? Or does the death of everything around him create imminent death for himself?"
I'll wait for it to come out on TeeVee.

1 comment:

BobG said...

The old Vincent Price movie was closer to Matheson's original story, it seems. The Omega Man was changed quite a bit, but not a bad movie in itself. Hopefully this remake will be good enough to stand on its own.