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    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
    Been checking out the online comic on the "I Am Legend" website and the "I Am Legend" shorts on iTunes: "Awakening"and "Isolation". I am reminded, not so much of Matheson's original work , as I am of the works of Max Brooks (World War Z in particular) and Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead). I'm just wondering if anyone else has noticed this and if anyone shares my views. The online content is pretty intense, probably to make-up for the restrictions the movie will have on it being only PG-13.
    Who is planning on seeing it?
    Being a fan of "The Last Man on Earth", "Omega Man" and the original book from which they were created I'll probably go see it, barring the occurrance of a pandemic that turns people into zombies of course.
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
    I don't really trust remakes, and really don't go to movies, so odds are that I'll be skipping this one.
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
    Really not sure on this one...I do like the original novel though.
    • CommentTimeDec 8th 2007
    Love the story, have been appalled at seeing Will Smith involved (and hence the action blockbuster motif for what is really a very claustrophobic, psychological piece). Seeing the trailer didn't avert this opinion - I couldn't even make it through the first minute or so, what with all the buildings dropping, bridges ripping apart and planes crashing (or whatever of the like). Dead set against it, then I come to find out the other day that apparently none other than the great Mike Patton is doing the voices for many or all of the mutants, or monsters, or whatever (couldn't even get that right evidently. VAMPIRES. Jeez, isn't that almost the equivalent of Marvel not being able to just give Dolph Lundgren the goddamn skull on his black suit in that horrible punisher movie from the 80's or 90's. C'mon - easiest costume to do!!!)

    So with Patton, I don't know, maybe I'll see it...
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    The original script for this film--back when it was set in San Francisco, and was going to be a Schwartzenegger movie--is absolutely epic. From what I understand, there are some similarities between this movie and that script, but so many of the more interesting elements have been removed--mainly, changing the "vampire/mutants" from intelligent monsters with tribal identities and a Machiavellian leader with an eye on world domination to swarming, hissing zombie dropouts from a Resident Evil game.

    Saw the full preview last night and I have to admit that my interest is still peaked; but early reviews I've read indicate that it's just not worth my money.
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2007
    I'm a sucker for last-man-on-earth scenarios, so I'll be seeing this.
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    Saw the trailer for this last night when I went to see The Golden Compass (as sponsored by the phrase "The Golden Compass"), and it looked pretty cool actually. Talking of adaptations being useless, The Golden Compass was the weakest and most transparent adaptation I've possibly ever seen. Shame, because it had great visuals in places, and a good cast who did a good job of the monolithically patronising, cut-and-paste script they had to perform.
    • CommentAuthorJEFFSJ
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007
    The original script for this film--back when it was set in San Francisco,

    I read that script. It's by the guy that scripted The Cell, right? I'm a fan of the original Charleton Heston version and I had actually been looking forward to this movie because of that script. If you're telling me this movie is from a different script then I might take a pass.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
    So, I saw the Movie. I thought it was enjoyable, very intense lots of fun, if a little low on actual substance.
    Loved seeing the Batman & Superman billboard. Thought to myself, what if they actually advertised movies in movies, wouldn't that be cool?
    Felt a little cheated
    The monsters were obviously intelligent.
    Caring about one another, setting traps, controlling dogs. Why do I feel like this was just a red herring to mislead those who read the book.

    It definitely was not properly addressed in the movie.
    Anyway, it fits pretty well in there with The Last Man on Earth and Omega Man.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
    I'm just reading the original 1957 novel right now. It has it's moments and the concept is definitely interesting. But the more I read it the more I can't picture Will Smith as the role. He definitely wouldn't be my first choice. Someone like Ed Norton or even Tommy Lee Jones would have been great. ANYONE other than Will Smith.
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    I am sorta caught, on one hand the movie does not have a cookie cutter action hero ending. That is a good thing. On the other hand, the original conclusion and the meaning of the title is the very definition of a classic in genre fiction and while the movie closes on a sedate note it does not in anyway do justice to the ending it replaced.

    Edit: I used the word ending 5 times in a row originally. Awfull.
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    I just saw the new movie. I never read the book or saw the previous movie versions, so I have nothing to cloud my opinion. Will Smith did a good job. He's not an amazing actor but he's not terrible, usually it's the roles he takes that are cheesy. The movie itself left me feeling like something was missing, like they left out a lot of the original source material. And the ending was just a little to tidy and wrapped up for me. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I probably won't buy it on dvd.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007 edited
    @ Jtraub You mean it DOESN'T use the original ending? gah...
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
    I thought Will Smith did a fine job portraying a guy just hanging on to sanity in the face of terrible loneliness, and . . . .

    how the same guy reacts when he gets fully human company.

    Overall, not bad, but don't expect anything like the original novel. It's a cross between the Charlton Heston version and a zombie movie.
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    The title, in the case of the movie, is related to the notion he dies to ensure a cure makes it to other human survivors (he ends up finding people including a doctor). Thus he is legend for his acts. No sunset for him, but compared to book and the title's real meaning - a weak ending indeed.
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007

    HOPE????? I hate hope! DAMN DAMN DAMN!!! Why couldn't they just have him realize that he has become a beast of legend in a new society? Gah...