I AM LEGEND
This is definitely a Will Smith’s movie albeit a disappointing one. Without his star power, this is one movie that will head straight to the DVD shelf. You know it is a Will Smith’s movie because he is the only actor for most part of the movie. The camera trained one full minute on his face when he was about to kill his infected dog. I was counting the minute because I was in a rush to be somewhere else during that scene. I was at the toilet door and missed the conclusion of that scene.
The movie is like “Castaway” meets “28 Days in London”. I have no problem with a “rojak” theme but then, this movie fails in its delivery on either front. There were weak attempts in exploring heavy topics like God, humanity etc and why bother if the attempts were half hearted. The actions were slow with a total of only three scenes with zombie vampires “encounters” with Will Smith. For a simple story like that, it will do no harm to sprinkle it with a little more action and suspense.
An advice for hard core fan of Will Smith, leave your logic at the door. The plot was full of holes, the whole movie feel like a string of scenes strung together with Will Smith as the linking pin. How the hell does Will Smith survive the attack of the beasties with the help of a spotlight where in the final encounter the lights were easily squashed by the beasties? The beasties seem to exhibit a propensity for learning when they set a trap for Will Smith after our hero captured one of their kind using the same technique. But then, they are not smart enough to trace his car to his apartment during the whole three years? The supposedly intelligent beastie leader using his head to break through a glass wall? Enough said.
Despite the shortcomings of the movie, I like the vista of a deserted New York. A New York that is filled with former residents of the New York Zoo, former humans and their dogs, our hero and his non-obedient dog. If you watch carefully, there is also a “Batman vs Spiderman” outdoor advertising sign on one of the buildings. Will Smith is credible as the last human with a mission to save the world but the movie is not. Using the “car” analogue from Emma Thompson in the movie, the experience is not unlike watching Lewis Hamilton in a Toyota Axio racing in a track during peak hour traffic.