Saturday, December 22, 2007

I Am Legend

I watched Will Smith's new movie last night with Randy. It's based on the book by the same name and is the most recent of several movie adaptations. The one that you might be most familiar with was Omega Man starring Charlton Heston.

Basically, this movie just felt rushed. It's only 100 minutes long and felt like it really should have been at least two and a half hours. The ending scenes were disjointed and should have been fleshed out for more interaction between the characters. It was almost like the director thought "Oh, this is getting too long, let's just put the ending here."

On the other hand, what interactions there are between characters are quite deep for the lack of dialog. Smith's portrayal of a man who has been out of contact with humanity for three years is very believable.

The action sequences were pretty good and I like the rifle setup they chose to have Smith use. His character is a research scientist who is also a Lt. Col. in the Army. It makes sense that he would use the weapon most familiar to him. The animation for the creatures isn't bad but it is, unfortunately, obvious. You don't look at the "Darkseekers" and think that they are real. I really think that they should have left the animation for the action sequences and used make-up for the tight shots.

In all, I'd say that this was a movie worth going to the theater to watch but you wouldn't miss much if you waited to get it on DVD.

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