Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
“I Am Legend” is a 2007 post-apocalyptic action thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. The film is based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson.
The story is set in the year 2012, three years after a deadly virus has wiped out most of humanity, leaving only a handful of survivors in New York City. Will Smith plays Robert Neville, a brilliant scientist who is immune to the virus and believes he may be able to find a cure. He spends his days hunting for food and supplies, while at night he barricades himself in his fortified home to protect himself from the infected, zombie-like humans who roam the streets.
Will Smith delivers an outstanding performance as Robert Neville, portraying the character’s isolation, desperation, and grief with great depth and nuance. The film’s visual effects are also impressive, creating a chillingly realistic depiction of a deserted and decaying New York City.
However, the film deviates significantly from the original novel’s plot, which may disappoint fans of the book. Additionally, the film’s ending feels rushed and somewhat unsatisfying, leaving some questions unanswered.
Overall, “I Am Legend” is a solid post-apocalyptic thriller with a standout performance from Will Smith, impressive visual effects, and intense action sequences. However, it falls short in terms of plot fidelity and a satisfying ending.