I Am Legend

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7.21 h 40 min2007X-Ray16+
Robert Neville is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable. Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of the world.
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Francis Lawrence
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Will SmithAlice BragaCharlie Tahan
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Supporting actors
Salli RichardsonWillow Smith
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Neal H. MoritzAkiva GoldsmanJames LassiterDavid Heyman
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Warner Bros.
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Dr. D123Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Overall in 4K in Comparison to Standard Blu-ray
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Please Note: My review and ratings are based on the quality of the new 4K version of this film--images, sound, and extras and how these compare to the previously released Blu-ray version of the film. I am not rating the acting, direction, set design, etc. which can be found in other places, but instead I am helping you decide to upgrade to 4K or wait.

The quality of 4K films, in comparison to the regular Blu-ray version, often depends upon two things: (1) the quality of the original that they have to work with; and (2) how much effort the people put into the project. Here they must have started with either the original film or a first-generation print of it. Being that the theatrical version was released in 2007, these are easier to locate than for older films.

The upgrade from regular Blu-ray to 4K is very noticeable in a side-by-side comparison. Viewers will notice the improvements in 4K immediately. You will particularly appreciate the differences in the scenes shot outdoors in well-lit areas versus indoors or nighttime outdoor scenes. That's because details like seeing leaves on trees in the distance jump out in 4K in bright sunlight while darkened scenes fail to reveal details--it's simply too dark to see much in 4K or any other format. The other complicating factor is that HDR darkens dark colors and brightens light colors which makes darkened scenes darker still--too dark in 4K for some films in my opinion.

However here the film looks great throughout much of it and should seriously be considered as an upgrade candidate, assuming you like the story which I do and many others do. In addition to sharp details, the color saturation is great, contrast is great, and the sound (Dolby DTS-HD digital) all are better than the Blu-ray version. My only negative is that several scenes were too dark in my opinion--partly due to HDR darkening darks too much and part due to the restorers efforts. For these scenes I actually preferred the standard Blu-ray version because it was brighter despite the drop in resolution. However you will notice an improvement in 4K over the standard Blu-ray for most scenes. The set includes the 4K version, Blu-ray version, free digital download, and a number of extras.

I now have about 40 feature films and documentaries in 4K and have the Blu-ray versions of all as well. In general those movies or documentaries with a lot of outdoor scenes or well-lit indoor scenes (e.g., Bridge on the River Kwai, The Quick & The Dead, Predator, Planet Earth II, Flight of the Butterflies) will jump out the most as dramatically improved from the standard Blu-ray version. For other films you may have difficulty in seeing the difference. Many people are doing this conversion for the first time and did not do a painstaking restoration or had copies of copies of the film to do the restoration with and the results are less impressive (see my review of the boxed set of Jurassic films for details on the good and the bad within this one set). I am contacting some studios and restorers to caution them that HDR is turning some dark scenes simply too dark and they should take this into consideration during restoration.
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cinestReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dumb movie!
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I wonder how this could have gotten such high rating? Pretty boring, no logic (she saved him in the night with just a light but at the end they seem unstoppable, really?) or a remotely believable action. By the way, the city and the country and the world are dead, yet no problem with electric power or water supply. Why his Mustang looks brand new? And why would herds of animals (deers?) roaming around in the city mostly devoid vegitation? Why was he hunting it, unsuccessfully? Will is a good actor but he keeps ending up in bad movies, the flics one can barely watch even once. Well, maybe it was made for the horror crowed, but there were too few scary moments. "Positives": Good commercials for Ford and gun advocates along with religious folks.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good dystopian story but there is some bad writing thrown in there
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I Am Legend is a dystopian story very loosely based upon a book of the same name. This was actually the third time it had been made into a movie. The first time was in 1964 with The Last Man On Earth featuring Vincent Price, and then in 1971 with The Omega Man with Charlton Heston. This version with Will Smith begins with a Dr. Alice Krippin (Emma Thompson) announcing that she’d found the cure to cancer. That unfortunately almost led to the extinction of the human race. Smith as Dr. Robert Neville is the last man on Earth and believes he can find an antidote. He experiments upon rats and captured beasts that were once humans. While I Am Legend starts off very well there were some plot holes and story choices that spoil things.

The dilemma in the movie is that Dr. Neville is the last person left on Earth and needs to survive while continuing to conduct his work on the virus. He is in Manhattan which has become a wilderness. During the day there are animals about like deer and even lions. At night the former humans who have turned into their own kind of beast come out. Neville is determined to try to find a cure, especially because he lost his wife and child. Before they passed he said that he could fix things, and he believes that even more after his family died.

Will Smith also plays his role well. He has to carry the whole story for most of the movie because there are no other people left.

The problems with the story begin with the beasts. At first they appear to be mindless. Then he captures a female monster and another one risks coming out into the sun after she’s captured. It’s obvious that the two are mates but Neville instead dismisses it as a sign that the monsters have lost all their humanity and are acting senselessly even risking their own deaths by charging out into the sunlight. Then that same male sets a trap for Neville and he still doesn’t get that they have developed an intelligence. Neville is a scientist but can’t figure out these most basic signs.

Second it turns out that Neville wasn’t the last man on Earth when a woman and a boy show up. What was the purpose of their appearance? They were simply added to have some hope at the end of the film.

If you can just ignore these issues I Am Legend is still an enjoyable film.
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EdwinReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
The usual hollywood drivel
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The usual hollywood drivel! This movie is great, action-wise, but terrible for any "thinkers" out there, or if you are a fan of "hard" science fiction. It starts off with the premise that the collapse of society is started by a medicinal viral "cure" for cancer. Realistic for vaccine deniers, but silly for those of us who have managed to avoid some of humanities worst diseases through the use of vaccines, like typhoid, polio, chickenpox, measles, tetanus etc. The point is, this is the standard drivel for vaccine deniers. Next up, will smith lives much like a normal person, complete in a nice living situation and food for him and his dog, without any sign of real scarcity or difficulty. Lol. Americans are the most dependent on infrastructure (water, food, electricity, sewer, gas) as any humans on earth, as far as I know, and I have traveled extensively. The covid19 pandemic, alone, caused americans to quake in their boots, but an apocolypic disease(?), don't worry, will smith has it covered lol. When it comes to food, what does will smith do in the movie. He goes hunting with his trusty side arm. More hollywood pro-gun drivel, folks!
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Starts out slowly
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A lot of the movie is rather slow. Once he is snared, attacked, and has to lose his only companion, his dog, the movie cranks up into a faster tempo. He had been living in NYC for some time, and while he had generators for electricity, I do have to wonder about his water supply, and he seemed to use a lot of electricity, especially in his fully equipped lab where he searched for a cure. The virus is a result of scientific hubris. After he had to put down his dog, he seemed to give up, and set himself up for going down with a fight. And the zombies are fast and strong. But, a woman and son come along, save him but are later besieged at his home, which he had fortified. The main tension builds up in about the last 1/3 of the movie, which really saves the movie. In the scenes of NYC, it is a puzzle about all the vehicles, and some of the traffic jams, if indeed all those people were killed by the virus, why all those vehicles were where they were, and why so many were clear of areas he drove through. I guess because it is a movie, not life.
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining
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I like Will Smith; he does well in most of his films, and he does pretty well here, but his character doesn’t get developed well enough – should have gotten deeper into his challenge with reality. It’s just sprinkled in here and there, and we’re supposed to figure it out. Most of the time there is no hint of a break with reality, such as is shown when he addresses Fred and, later, the female mannequin. The movie had good camera work. Smith’s acting was good. The CGI was not as good as one would expect for a major project. The deer and the lions look more like something in a child’s story book than the rulers of the savannah. The mutants weren’t a lot better. The story had some flaws and inconsistencies, such as: 1) at the nine-minute mark, where did he get the fresh fruits and veggies on the counter? 2) Deer: driving alongside of a deer stampede would be foolhardy. Deer are known to react irrationally when in a frenzy and could jump in front of the car. If they broke the windshield, the driver would likely have a very bad day. Furthermore, the city is basically a wasteland with very little greenery, so it wouldn’t support such a large deer population, and his corn patch would have been gone almost as soon as it came out of the ground. 3) How do the mutants know about Neville and Fred? How did they know it would lure Neville into their trap? They didn’t follow him during the day, did they? And the cord that snaps him up is darned ingeniously hidden. 4) A stab wound to the outside upper thigh shouldn’t have rendered him immobile, as he shows just a few moments later, and back in the lab he seems to have very little trouble with it. If you like Will Smith enough, it’s not hard to overlook these issues. I recommend it, but it’s not his best work.
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A CrumbakerReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not great...kind of what I expected
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I guess this is sort of worth watching while given our current pandemic climate...LOL I guess one could say this movie can give relative perspective....that's if this was even remotely possible (and lets pray that its not!) Clearly this movie's apocalyptic world is far worse than COVID-19. I do recognize this is Sci-Fi BUT again if this could happen, this would be far worse!! Just sayin'
In terms of acting, I expected Will Smith's usual overt confidence. Its not all that fun for me to watch but sometimes there's not a whole lots of great movies to pick from. In terms of the special features, there is much better out there but this wasn't the worse. In terms of everything else its definitely not the greatest but I some parts were okay. Honestly what I enjoyed most is the fact the gasoline prices in the movie were in the $6 range, while clearly that's not the case now, infact the complete opposite in our current climate. Just heard that gasoline is a NEGATIVE $37 a barrel!!!
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Dean OldfieldReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's a good movie, but not all that!
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First of all I have to say that I hate amazon's 5 star rating system. You can't really accurately grade a film with 5 stars. I'm not going go into a long narrative about film theory here. There are way too many plot holes in the story to even get into. You know what I'm talking about. He just does a lot of stupid things that really irritated me. And why does every movie today have to look like a video game? And on the technical side the creatures look cartoonish. The writing is bad and the story is flimsy.
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