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I Am Legend

I Am Legend

Date: Mar 12 2008

Themes: Pop Culture


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It’s a familiar concept to us now, but when Richard Matheson wrote his novel I Am Legend in 1954, the idea of a world completely destroyed by disease was relatively new.

The book, which describes a disease that turns people into monsters that resemble both vampires and zombies, was made into a film for the third time in 2007. Will Smith has the difficult task of playing the last man on Earth. Devan thinks he pulls it off, but Mason’s not so sure.


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Devan:  Have you seen I am Legend yet?

Mason:  Uh, kind of, I practically fell asleep during it. It wasn’t really my kind of thing.

Devan:  Oh. How come?

Mason:  I don’t know. I’m not a huge Will Smith fan and the whole post-apocalyptic thing just…

Devan:  Yeah, I’m not really into that either, but I heard he did a really good job in it. Having to do all that dialog on his own must have been really challenging. I guess it wouldn’t be dialog…I guess that would be monologue...

Mason:  Technically. But you know, whatever. He talks to the dog so you can call it a dialog, if you want. The dog barks a few times. But seriously, to me he’s not the kind of actor that carries a movie that, like that I’d go see a movie just for Will Smith in it.

Devan:  Just to see Will Smith talking…

Mason:  But, listen, some of it had some compelling scenes. I know it was based on an old science fiction book and there are some other adaptations that I heard are better.

Devan:  I saw the Charlton Heston version…

Mason:  That was The Omega Man, right?

Devan:  That was terrible.

Mason:  Ha!

Devan:  But I heard that the original, original one, which is called something else.

Mason:  The Alpha Man?

Devan:  Something like that. I heard the original one is great.



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Mason says he almost fell asleep while watching I Am Legend because Will Smith is on-screen alone so much of the time and he’s not a huge Will Smith fan.

Devan says that an earlier version of the film that stars Charlton Heston isn’t any good, but that the first adaptation of the book (which is actually called The Last Man on Earth, not The Alpha Man) is the best.

What actor do you think could pull off a movie full of monologues?



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i think this movie is one of the most excited movies 

09:15 PM Mar 17 2008 |



Russian Federation

I think that it is grate movie and very sad. I liked it. It imakes me think.

12:05 PM Mar 17 2008 |




Will Smith has perform his role very well but movie is not good.

12:00 PM Mar 17 2008 |




The movie look like has a kind of clasic zombi story. But I think, there are lots of differences than the others.

Some sciences are really good. Such as "the hero feels lots of fear, after the get in to dark place for catch his dog."

Man don't live without hopes. :)

08:35 AM Mar 17 2008 |



South Korea

I like Will smith.

 but this movie is not good and ending is so boring.

06:24 AM Mar 17 2008 |




I think it's a great movie and I'm going now to read the book. It was really difficult to play for Will Smith  such a role. We should not forget about the plot which is nowadays very popular may be bacause we are developing new therapies using viruses. The question is if such situation is not posiible… probably not but… :) 

07:44 PM Mar 16 2008 |




I agree with you totally….

I like this movie, and I like this dog very much…

But I really don't like the end of this movie…

It's really .. Yell

12:47 PM Mar 16 2008 |



i watched the movie but it did not reach my expectations-very many people spoke highly about it but it is not that … i mean interesting!Anyway, Smith has never let me down in most of his movies.

09:01 AM Mar 16 2008 |



United States

it looks like  kinda this movie 28 days later lol.. I prefer Will Smith in movies like Bad boys bad boys what you gonna do whay you gonna do when they come 4ya lol

07:54 AM Mar 16 2008 |




I m a Chinese too, how s the movie, and can i find it in Thunder Resouese? offer me a RUL, ok!

07:11 AM Mar 16 2008 |




i t  makes me think of the film " a man from the Eaerh", and also it's almost the monologue and the plot drags on… but i carrried it through, till now i dont know much about what that talking about!!!

07:10 AM Mar 16 2008 |



Syrian Arab Republic

i realy enjoy this movie..it make me feel happy that iam not alone and make sence of the value of being alife..i think he is avery good actor..



06:52 AM Mar 16 2008 |



Syrian Arab Republic

i realy enjoy this movie..it make me feel happy that iam not alone ..ithink he is avery good actor ..

06:49 AM Mar 16 2008 |




I saw the film .it's crazyable woo.i can't believeable .If the will come ture ,oh my god …

06:02 AM Mar 16 2008 |




i like this film very much,...!!!

and i was moved by scenario..!


this film is very good…!

05:32 AM Mar 16 2008 |




i just watched it yesterday, on dvd, actualy it was broken dvd, because i has a scratch on one side, but then i copied it to my computer, so that i could watch it  without any problem. For me it's a quite good movie=p

we always have two options in life:
give a good impact or infected by situations

04:16 PM Mar 15 2008 |




Well, I like the film. It's good but It's not that good. I usually like those postapocalyptic movies. Of course the book is much better.

Free Tibet!!

02:01 PM Mar 15 2008 |




I only heard good things about this movie, but I haven´t seen it. The movie "Bad Boys" was more exciting for me. A good mix of action and fun…...

11:38 AM Mar 15 2008 |



I like Will Smith,but i haven't seen this movie.

i think i'm going to watch it as soon as possible, i'm corious, because i'm keen on science-fiction movies

11:14 AM Mar 15 2008 |

Eduardo Pacheco


i like this movie because in the future this to happen Cry

03:00 AM Mar 15 2008 |

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