If you haven’t seen “I Am Legend,” starring Will Smith, then you are missing out on a rare treat. Sure there are plenty of end of the world zombie movies out there to choose from, but most of them are based purely on action sequences and zombie fight scenes. This particular movie delves deeper into more human issues that would invariably come up in such a situation.
This show starts out with the catastrophe already in the past. We see the major character, and his trustworthy companion, out looking for some fare. We know something is amiss when they come across a deer and a lion on the streets of New York. The character has a hunting rifle, with which he is either trying to find food, or hunting for pure sport.
At first, we aren’t positive if he is all unaccompanied, or there are zombies or not. He seems to not be anxious about being followed, or hunted, or crazy post apocalyptic gangs jumping out. Then his dependable dog, his sidekick, his best friend, wanders into a dark building, and he suddenly becomes anxious. He goes in after him, and we find out what he is up against. We find quite a lot of human looking creatures huddled in the corner, breathing deeply. He only just escapes with this life once they expose his presence.
Owing to some flashbacks, we find out what occurred. There was a virus, he was a doctor of medicine, and he lives on the Island of Manhattan. The isle was evacuated once the armed forces realized that the illness was out of control. He decided to stay behind, as this was ground zero, and he is positive that he can find a cure. He lives fairly comfortably, or so it seems at first. He has a standard house with electricity, rations, and video tapes of old events that he watches. But with sunset, we hear the repulsion that happens.
At night, the vampires, or zombies, we’re not certain which, come out and hunt. And we find out that they are not the monotonous zombies of other movies. They are gifted, planned, and he must go to great lengths to shun unearthing by them. But then two things take place, one magnificent, one ghastly. The horrific thing is his loyal friend is bitten by one of the creatures, and has to be murdered. After his dog is murdered, he lets his sadness and aggression get the best of him, and he forces a clash with the monsters at night. Fortuitously, he is saved by a lady and her daughter.
We also find that he has a laboratory of sorts, and he is continually searching for a cure. But the event with the monsters leads them to his dwelling, and they find him. He must make a tough determination once the zombies break into his house and corner him, the girl, and his daughter in his basement laboratory. At the last minute, he sees a sign which he interprets as a communication from fate. As a bonus, the DVD contains who completely separate and different endings to choose from. This remake (of a remake) is a great take on the common post apocalyptic subject, and is extremely recommended.