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I Am Legend (2007)

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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 in this post-apocalyptic action thriller.

Director:

Francis Lawrence

Writers:

Mark Protosevich (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Robert Neville
Alice Braga ... Anna
Charlie Tahan ... Ethan
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ... Zoe Neville (as Salli Richardson)
Willow Smith ... Marley Neville
Darrell Foster ... Mike - Military Escort
April Grace ... TV Personality
Dash Mihok ... Alpha Male
Joanna Numata ... Alpha Female
Abbey Abbey ... Sam
Kona Kona ... Sam
Samuel Glen ... Military Driver - Jay
James McCauley ... Male Evacuee
Marin Ireland ... Woman Evacuee
Pedro Mojica Pedro Mojica ... Sergeant
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Storyline

Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made in this post-apocalyptic action thriller. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague - the Infected - lurk in the shadows - watching Neville's every move - waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered - and quickly running out of time. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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The last man on earth is not alone See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence | See all certifications »

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The rifle used by Will Smith throughout the movie is a Colt Law Enforcement Model 6920 Carbine with a Trijicon ACOG optic (TA31 series), C-MORE free floating rail, ERGO rail covers, and Pentagon MD3R tactical light. According to the Propstore of London, the weapon was modified to fire fully automatic for this movie, he also uses a Heckler & Koch Mark 23 with a flat Earth (tan) frame as his main sidearm. He is seen with it holstered, but also carries one in the driver's door, most notably to shooting the infected dogs in the middle of this movie. There were several identical firing Mark 23s used on-set, as well as rubber versions for stunt work. For most scenes where Will Smith carried the weapon in the holster, a lightweight airsoft Mark 23 (with frame painted tan to match the firing pistols) was used, and a Beretta 92FS, and a Smith & Wesson 5946. The 5946 in the DAO setting is one of three pistols used by the N.Y.P.D. (the other two being the Glock 19 and the P226 DAO), so it was likely recovered by Neville from an N.Y.P.D. precinct. See more »

Goofs

While Neville is trying his serum on the infected female subject, he reads off her vital signs which include a core temperature of 106° Fahrenheit. A sustained core temperature of this level would cause significant and irreversible brain damage, making a cure moot. See more »

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[first lines]
TV Personality: The world of medicine has seen its share of miracle cures, from the polio vaccine to heart transplants. But all past achievements may pale in comparison to the work of Dr. Alice Krippin. Thank you so much for joining us this morning.
Dr. Alice Krippin: Not at all.
TV Personality: So, Dr. Krippin, give it to me in a nutshell.
Dr. Alice Krippin: Well, the premise is quite simple - um, take something designed by nature and reprogram it to make it work for the body rather than against it.
TV Personality: You're talking about a virus?
Dr. Alice Krippin: Indeed, yes. In this case...
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Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear on screen until several minutes into the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The ending to the Alternate Theatrical Version varies from the original ending. Instead of blowing himself and the hemocytes up with a grenade, Neville discovers that the hemocytes actually came for the female he captured earlier in the movie. He relieves her of the cure and returns her to the hemocytes. Afterwards, the hemocytes leave and let Neville, Anna, and Ethan be. The three then are seen leaving New York heading to Vermont's safe zone with Anna broadcasting a message telling all other survivors that she is with Neville and is heading to the safe zone. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 21 (2008) See more »

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Superstition
Written and Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Could have been a corker, but...
4 March 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Two thirds of this film is wonderful entertainment, both in scope and story telling, and in Will Smith we have a cracking central performance that carries the film with consummate ease, sadly the final third undoes all the great promise and tension building that had gone before it.

After a genetic engineered cancer curing virus wipes out practically all of mankind, Robert Neville {Will Smith} appears to be the sole surviving human on earth, the only company he has is the family dog and an army of virus infected mutants that can only come out in the dark. That Neville is a former scientist who is immune to the deadly strain is a bonus as it means he can work on a potential cure.

Yes it's daft, and yes it's contrived, but there sure is a lot of good stuff to enjoy before the films major failing surfaces. Firstly is Will Smith's performance, there is no doubting he is a major star these days, but here he also cements his standing as a bona fide A lister of note. He layers the performance so well, his character not only has to deal with the heavy threat of being killed by the mutants at night, he also has to fight his own isolation, mans inherent need for companionship is a tortured thing when you appear to be the sole beneficiary of gods green earth.

Secondly the setting of a barren desolate New York is eerily staggering, overgrown with foliage and stalked by lions searching for food, it really is a big screen must to embrace the scope of it. Thirdly the mutants themselves are scary enough, but they honestly would have been better served being played by human actors rather than the CGI used that brings very mixed results, and fourthly the tension building is pitch perfect, the makers manage to have you on the edge of your seat gasping for a solution to this cracking story unfolding, but then...

They throw it all away by a rushed ending that had me positively seething, a quick turn of events should be a prelude to a fully fleshed out finale but instead we get a quick wham bam, oh The End. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth on leaving the cinema and frankly the audience deserves better, and in fact so does Will Smith, did they run out of money? Well that I don't know, but what I do know is that we so nearly had a genre classic to look fondly on for years to come, shame that. 6.5/10

Footnote: Having just watched the alternate version that is readily available on disc formats, I have to say that as weak and as frustrating as the theatrical ending is, the alternate ending is far worse, trite and totally misplaced, they chose the better ending of the two for sure.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Legend: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,211,321, 16 December 2007

Gross USA:

$256,393,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$585,410,052
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Runtime:

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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