Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Review: I Am Legend

I Am Legend (PG), 2007, US, Director: Francis Lawrence, Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Dash Mihok
Will Smith might be the Last Man on Earth, battling against vampires and loneliness as he tries to find if there's anyone else out there. Based on Richard Matheson's classic short story, the ending is substantially changed, and the ending seems a bit hurried after the first half, which is full of wonderfully conceptualised images showing Smith and his Alsatian friend passing the time playing golf on top of an aircraft carrier and hunting deer in Times Square. The movie delivers just enough suspense to keep the proceedings going, though the vampires often look like poorly done animated extras from the video game Resident Evil. However, Smith manages to make the film watchable, showing the acting chops he displayed in Six Degrees of Separation. He's not just Hollywood's best action star, he's also one of its best actors. His guilty-faced Alsatian companion should also be up for a Palm Dog. Rating: B

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