Thursday, January 3, 2013

365 Days- Day 3

movie: I Am Legend (remake)
starring: Will Smith, Abbey (the Dog)
genre: Sci-fi
year: 2007
format: DVD

plot: A military scientist is left stranded with only the family dog for company for over three years, while the rest of the population of New York has fallen to the virus KV. The human population has all but been wiped out, many of whom became vampires.

Right off, this is a remake of both the 1964 film The Last Man on Earth and the 1971 film The Omega Man, all of which are based on the 1954 novel.

The vampire scenes are few but powerful.   And yes, I gave starring credit to one of the canine actors and not one of the other human actors simply because other then Will Smith, the dog has the most screen time.

There are two versions of this offering, the theatrical one, and the alternative ending.  I have the original theatrical ending.

The themes in this story are about loneliness, isolation and fear. Unlike most vampire films, this one doesn't actually focus on the vampires, nor is there really a vampire hunter.
It sort of deals with the idea that we have pushed the limits too far in our attempts to control everything. The story picks up after a man made plague has turned everything into a wasteland. A science gone wrong situation. 

This is almost a sub-genre in itself when it comes to vampire films.  The man made vampire so to speak.

There is a scene where the lead character makes a statement in his latest reports, about how the infected have lost all sense of reasoning, and declares them de-evolved. Then falls into a trap set by them, proving that their sense of reasoning is still intact.
There is a scene shortly before that, where he starts talking about a store mannequin, as if it was a real woman, and I've never really followed if the mannequins were set up to be decoys, or to keep him from feeling the isolation or if he's actually started to loose hope and therefore his mind?
Might be little of all of it?

what do i think i learned from this film?
Everyone feels alone sometimes. When you get used to the idea of being the only one in a situation, no matter what that might be, you run the risk of not being able to identify when there is help.

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