Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I Am Legend response

The RPC pastoral staff went to see I AM LEGEND, the movie starring Will Smith seen in the above trailer. I am not much of a movie reviewer, but I will give you my response-

Very Scary.

I’ve long given up going to horror movies of the suspenseful, slasher variety. Cheap terrorizing just doesn’t do anything for me in my older age. Legend kind of feels like such a movie, though with much deeper and somewhat believable themes- that’s what makes it so frightening. Nathan and I felt bad we took Brian, he was clearly the most scared among us and the other theater goers. I hope viewing this movie didn’t scar the poor guy. I am sure he slept with his BB gun and light on last night.

Basic plot: In the year 2009 a new method of treating cancer is thought to be a cure. It’s a virus that, when initially tested, routed out and killed the cancer cells in thousands of people tested. Thinking it to be a cure, the virus was mass-produced and administered. Tragically, the virus mutates and kills most humans on the planet. Only two kinds of “people” are left. Those, like Will Smith’s character, Dr. Neville, who are completely immune to the virus (which is estimated to be a few million people on the entire planet, most of whom get killed by the second category of “people”), and those who survive the virus, but turn in to hideously aggressive zombie-like, Gollum on steroids-looking predators that come out only at night, due to extreme sensitivity to light. These sub-human beasts hunt and eat whatever flesh-bearing creatures they can find. Dr. Neville is the lone occupant of New York and determined to stay there until he finds a cure. He lives in constant fear these night-walkers will break in to his fortified NY apartment and eat him and his faithful dog (it’s a real shame, the dog eventually gets whacked by a virus-infected pooch). Eventually another survivor and her child, on their way to a rumored survivor colony in Vermont, finds Neville and tries to convince him that God is working events so that a cure can be found. By this time Neville is as agnostic as one could be. He is totally warped by his three years of solitude, paranoia about being eaten alive, and repeated failed attempts to find a cure, leading him to say- “There is no God”. Anna, the other survivor, disagrees, and in the end, some “providential” events transpire that allow Neville to find the cure and acknowledge that something supernatural was in fact working toward the end Anna suggested. Neville, in his last act before sacrificing himself to save Anna and her son, extracted some blood from a night-walker who was being cured by his newly discovered antidote, and instructed Anna to bring it to Vermont. The last scene is Anna pulling up to the gate of the survivor colony, the guards taking the blood sample, and Anna narrating the good news that Neville’s cure worked to restore humanity. She says the survivors are Neville’s legend…hence the movie name.

Follow all that? It’s pretty complex actually. I’d have to see it again to pick up some of the more subtle nuances one viewing doesn’t allow. My favorite scene was an intense deer hunt (what did you expect?) through the abandon streets of New York. I prefer hunting deer with a bow, but if I found myself to be the only person alive in a massive city like New York, I wouldn’t mind hunting from a Shelby Mustang (assuming the superior Chevy Camaro wasn’t available) with an assault rifle like Neville. Fresh meat was hard to come by, so I don’t blame him.

Should you see the film? It’s up to you. How’s that for a recommendation?

13 comments:

Hough said...

I believe it was Tony who kept trying to hold my hand and Nathan who kept asking if I would tuck him in, "so the monsters won't get me."

M. Jay Bennett said...

Andrea and I saw it Friday. Overall, we were pleased. Pretty scary stuff though.

Jeremy Morgan said...

Hey bro.. two words for you. "Spoiler Warning."

Kampfgruppe-H said...

New York of the future doesn't sound too promising. Remember the classic, 'Escape From New York.'

AJF said...

Jeremy-

sorry dude...my bad...I forgot about that warning.

Frontier Forest said...

Not much for scary movies. Even as a kid, just the mention of Boras Karloff scared the socks off me. Hate to admit, and most men think pretty weird, but I love “Chick Flicks”. Just give me a good old sobbing love story and I am happy! But the trailer did look pretty interesting. Maybe get enough courage to someday get on NetFlix?

AJF said...

Oh man Woody, you should have never said that. Then again, now Brian has a buddy to go to movies with!

hough said...

Woody, we should go see "PS I love you"

mjb said...

Sounds like a remake of "the Omega Man" starring good old "pry it from my cold dead hands", "moses" Chuck Heston. You should like him, a hunter and all. OK, here's the skinny:

The Omega Man is a 1971 science fiction thriller starring Charlton Heston. The movie is based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend. The story was first filmed in 1964, under the title The Last Man on Earth, with Vincent Price in the lead role. A third adaptation of the story, I Am Legend, starring Will Smith, was released on December 14, 2007.

malcolm said...

This movie is the third take on the book from which Omega Man with Charlton Hesston. As for Woody...DON'T YOU REALIZE PEOPLE READ THESE THINGS!! Never show your feminine side and never admit that "Beaches" is your all time rainy day favorite. DUDE!!!

Frontier Forest said...

Yes Malcolm, and I think Barry manilow is a pretty cool dude too.
(Just kidding on that on I promise!)
Hey Brian, what's your favorite Chick-Flick? Mine is either Sabrenna or Pretty Women.

AJF said...

Woody, I've gone from being concerned to terrified....

You may not like Manilow, but I know you are a Elton John fan...at least Barry has "man" in his name and not his spouse's gender..

Did you mean "Pretty Woman"? Is that a chick flick? Isn't it about a guy who woos a hooker? What am I missing?

Frontier Forest said...

Yes, but it's got a happy ending. I can't spell either. Part of my moving movie education.