Sunday, July 27, 2008

"I Am Legend" Review

Ok, so I guess I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic movies. The Postman, The Stand, The Day After Tomorrow, &, now, I Am Legend. I, as opposed to most movie critics, really liked this movie. I thought the portrayal of anyone who is on their own after an apocalypse was done very well. But would I expect anything less from Will Smith (sans The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)?

I enjoyed this film from beginning to end. The "monsters" were obviously CGI but scared the crap out of me. For lack of better judgment on my part, I watched this movie at about 2 am &, after finishing it, was kind of freaked out so I had to pop in another movie before my mind had time to move into imagination mode & really drive me to the panic zone. :)

Just a bit of advice when watching the DVD, don't waste your time watching the "animated comic book" shorts. They are very violent, disgusting, & left me very uneasy. The DVD doesn't come with a lot of special features, which I was disappointed in. I would have expected it to include a "making of" feature but, alas, we are gypped on that extra.

So, would I recommend this film? To the right type of person, most definitely. Being a post-apocalyptic film many people can't handle that type of story, but then throw in some "zombies," the rest of the population immediately turns sour on the whole idea. However, to that small remnant of the population like me, I would definitely suggest it as a way of wasting a couple of hours. I would give this movie an "A-."

Discussion Questions from Christianity Today:

1. In one of the final scenes, Neville shouts, "You are sick and I can save you! Let me save you!" What comparisons do you see in this scene—and the whole movie—between Neville and Christ? Do you think it is intentional? Why or why not?

2. Think about the scientist's analogy of the measles virus to a fast car whose destruction or value depends on who is driving. What does that mean to you? What other things are that way?

3. What do you think the movie is saying about the debate between science and faith?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i liked this movie, but it was waaaaay too stressful. i watched it twice, once with my husband, once with my mom, and both times i was freaking out, worrying about the dog. too stressful for me!