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I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 December 2007 (USA)
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.

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Cast

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Zoe Neville (as Salli Richardson)
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Mike - Military Escort
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Abbey ...
Sam (as Abbey)
Kona ...
Sam
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Military Driver - Jay
James McCauley ...
Male Evacuee
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Pedro Mojica ...
Sergeant
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Storyline

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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14 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Am Legend: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,211,321, 16 December 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$256,386,216, 6 April 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$585,349,010, 12 July 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. initially opposed filming in New York City, because of the costs and logistical challenges. However, Michael Tadross, a veteran New York City production manager, got the city to approve closing the Grand Central viaduct, several blocks of Fifth Avenue and Washington Square Park, albeit at night and on weekends, between September 2006 and April 2007. See more »

Goofs

After Robert Neville and Sam escape the warehouse with several of the infected humans now thrashing wildly on the street in reaction to the sunlight, Neville gathers up and restrains Sam. But after releasing Sam, and as he continues to observe the the dying infected, Sam can be seen in the background playfully bounding out of the scene. See more »

Quotes

[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...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Andrew Klavan Show: TV to GOP: We Hate You! (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Superstition
Written and Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Should have been better
29 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

The 1954 sci-fi/vampire novel "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson has now been filmed three times: as "The Last Man On Earth" in 1964 originally scripted by Matheson himself (which I have never seen), as "The Omega Man" in 1971 without the vampire elements (which I have viewed three times), and now with the original title and expensive sets and special effects. This time the seemingly sole survivor of the worldwide pandemic Robert Neville is played by Will Smith who is an actor with real charisma and charm and considerable box office appeal who has beefed himself up for the role.

The main strength of this version is the location shots in a deserted New York City (a move from the Los Angeles of the book and earlier films) and, although the filming of these scenes apparently caused traffic chaos and much anger for local residents, they chillingly set the tone for this dystopian thriller. To see the silent streets around Times Square or South Street Seaport or the lone scientist fishing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art or playing golf on the "USS Intrepid" is to view this heaving metropolis as we have never experienced it before. The German shepherd dog who is Neville's sole companion deserves an honourable mention for showing greater thespian skills than most of the extras and stunt men.

The principal weakness of the movie, however, is the realisation of the surviving victims of the virus. The CGI characters are almost as silly as they are scary but, above all, they are presented as more animalistic than human. "The Omega Man" handled these characters much better presenting them as sad as well as scary. The other serious fault is the lack of clarity in the narrative - at times, it is simply unclear what is happening and why and a longer director's cut would be welcome. Finally the references to Ground Zero and God may play well with American audiences but will not be so resonant to audiences elsewhere in the world.


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