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I Am Legend

I Am Legend

Date: Mar 12 2008

Themes: Pop Culture


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It’s a familiar concept to us now, but when Richard Matheson wrote his novel I Am Legend in 1954, the idea of a world completely destroyed by disease was relatively new.

The book, which describes a disease that turns people into monsters that resemble both vampires and zombies, was made into a film for the third time in 2007. Will Smith has the difficult task of playing the last man on Earth. Devan thinks he pulls it off, but Mason’s not so sure.


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Devan:  Have you seen I am Legend yet?

Mason:  Uh, kind of, I practically fell asleep during it. It wasn’t really my kind of thing.

Devan:  Oh. How come?

Mason:  I don’t know. I’m not a huge Will Smith fan and the whole post-apocalyptic thing just…

Devan:  Yeah, I’m not really into that either, but I heard he did a really good job in it. Having to do all that dialog on his own must have been really challenging. I guess it wouldn’t be dialog…I guess that would be monologue...

Mason:  Technically. But you know, whatever. He talks to the dog so you can call it a dialog, if you want. The dog barks a few times. But seriously, to me he’s not the kind of actor that carries a movie that, like that I’d go see a movie just for Will Smith in it.

Devan:  Just to see Will Smith talking…

Mason:  But, listen, some of it had some compelling scenes. I know it was based on an old science fiction book and there are some other adaptations that I heard are better.

Devan:  I saw the Charlton Heston version…

Mason:  That was The Omega Man, right?

Devan:  That was terrible.

Mason:  Ha!

Devan:  But I heard that the original, original one, which is called something else.

Mason:  The Alpha Man?

Devan:  Something like that. I heard the original one is great.



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Mason says he almost fell asleep while watching I Am Legend because Will Smith is on-screen alone so much of the time and he’s not a huge Will Smith fan.

Devan says that an earlier version of the film that stars Charlton Heston isn’t any good, but that the first adaptation of the book (which is actually called The Last Man on Earth, not The Alpha Man) is the best.

What actor do you think could pull off a movie full of monologues?



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Russian Federation

Really, I was  dissapointed with this movie, as I expected it to  be  as much compelling as the book itself. But their story lines have almost nothing in common.

Now I  know there is an earlier adaptation of the book and I want to see it. Maybe it is more worthy than this one.

07:25 AM Nov 12 2013 |



my favorite actor, Al Pacino! he could make a movie with very good monologues … well I think.

07:20 PM Aug 03 2012 |




I like will smith and love all his movies.

08:49 AM May 15 2012 |

Old Yeller

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United Arab Emirates

it’s scared me too much

06:24 AM Aug 29 2011 |




is there who didnt watch this movie?then,must watch!!!

04:48 PM Jun 19 2011 |

karina ortiz garcia


well, i think will smith is one of the best actors….he did a good job in this movie.


01:59 AM May 11 2011 |



It's a great movie, way better than a avarage Zombie Flick and Will Smith is as always at his best.

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08:25 AM Jun 28 2010 |


Dominican Republic

it's a great movie as much as actor…

07:32 PM Jan 26 2010 |



Dominican Republic

Frown... yeah.. I guess this movie is scary not just because of the zombies or so… It's scary the fact that for a while he is the only normal person in the whole planet…Or at least that's what he thought for a time. 

12:40 AM Mar 25 2008 |


United Arab Emirates


actually .. i loved the movie .. and the idea of living alone is horrible :(

01:00 PM Mar 24 2008 |




i recommend you watch DENZEL WASHINGTON

06:03 PM Mar 18 2008 |



Netherlands Antilles

i have watch the movie. in the end was i so triest because i don't wont that wiil smith die    Cry

04:40 PM Mar 18 2008 |



it's not great movie

the story not new


04:37 PM Mar 18 2008 |


Sri Lanka

Thank very much for your english lesson,pleas send me more english lessons

01:02 PM Mar 18 2008 |



agree with you! i like this film tool i remember i first watched this movie at our school's TV room, so big room , just me alone , and no lights, so exciting , i really screamed

06:01 AM Mar 18 2008 |



i like the scene, terrible ,exciting and thrilled

05:40 AM Mar 18 2008 |



the end is boring, maybe  the editor will perpare to the continuation

05:38 AM Mar 18 2008 |



yes, i totally agree with you. i don't believe he can fall asleep, because of the noisy, shouting, and the dog's barking, i also like the dog, very cute, smart and thoughtful, i like it very much.

05:32 AM Mar 18 2008 |

katherine chen


nobody in the world will like terrible disease as the same as the war . what our humanbeing want is health and peace .i holp oneday there are no wars no diseases in our liveing room.

02:26 AM Mar 18 2008 |

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