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DVD Review: “I Am Legend”

Robert Neville is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and maybe the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be there. But he is not alone. Mutain victims of theplague – The Infected — lurk in the shadows…watching Neville’s every move…waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered…and quickly running out of time.

I Am Legend

Available To Own On (click to purchase): DVD, Special Edition DVD, Blu-ray Hi-Def, HD DVD and On Demand.

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Release Date: March 18, 2008 (DVD/Special Edition DVD/Blu-ray Hi-Def/On Demand); April 8, 2008 (HD DVD)

With lowered expectations going into my viewing of I Am Legend, I came away incredibly satisfied. I’ve never read the original novel, but based on its own merits, this adaptation of the novel succeeds in accomplishing the goals it sets out for itself and provides an interesting look into a terrible situation.

Will Smith once again affirms how capable an actor he is, easily managing to command the attention of the audience with a script that contains very little dialogue and he ultimately turns in a believable and entertaining performance as Robert Neville.

The film is not without faults, however. My main issue is that there is a very limited focus on the back-story and explanation of the cause and events leading up to the outbreak. I would have loved to see an extra 15-30 minutes devoted to this aspect. Additionally, the ending of the film is not as well crafted as the first two-thirds of the movie which may leave viewers somewhat unsatisfied in the manner in which the movie closes.

Never the less, I Am Legend packs an excellent audio/video presentation along with an adequate supplemental package that includes an alternate ending that may please viewers more so than the theatrical ending. All this makes I Am Legend a worthwhile addition to your movie collection.

Grade: 4/5