12/14/07

I Am Legend

I Am Legend is a movie about how God loves you even when a global epidemic kills half the world's population and creates zombies that eat the few people who are immune.

Let me start off by saying I didn't read the book so I have no idea whether the movie is better or worse. I can say, however, that if the book is half as good as the movie then it's worth a read.

The movie gets its point across early. Though, at the time, we're left believing that the imagery is more of an ironic symbolism. After a brief introduction to the virus that zombifies the world, the movie quickly moves on to Robert Nevel (Will Smith) riding through New York City three years later hunting deer. During the hunt the camera focuses for a second on an old poster that stood for over three years since the destruction of mankind reading "God still loves us. Do you love Him?"

Reading the poster you, you can feel sarcasm and irony dripping from the paper like wet paint. But then, after the movie takes us on a perilous journey through post-apocalyptic, zombified New York, the paint dries and something happens that tells Robert that maybe God is still around after all.

One of the things I hate about the average person going to see a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, or fantasy movie is that they expect the people in the movie to act normally. Alright, says I, let's drop those people into the middle of an abandoned city and set a few hundred zombies after them. For three years. Without human contact. Let's see how normally they start acting after that! People put into extreme situations act extreme. And Will Smith does an exemplary job portraying the mind-set of a man who has been left without human interaction for three years. And Sam the Dog does an excellent job of portraying the cute, cuddly and loyal friend. The zombies don't kill him, by the way. Wait till you see what does!

All in all, I Am Legend gets my approval. Any movie that can bring "God loves you" and zombies into one unified theme has to be pretty awesome.

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