Since I’m taking the last 2.5 weeks of the year off from work I figured I’d take the wife out to see some movies this holiday. The things is though that I generally don’t go to the theaters, this month is the first time in 2+ years I ventured into the Cinema.
The movie of choice today? I Am Legend.
It stars Will Smith as the last man on the planet that has suffered an apocalypse killing most of the human population and converted the rest into blood thirsty mutants that only come out at night.
Sound familiar? It did to me the first time I saw the trailer on TV weeks ago. 25 years ago there was Omega Man (1971) starring Charlton Heston, I remember seeing it in the ’80′s.
When I looked up ‘Omega Man’ this evening I learned that it was based on a novel called ‘I am legend’ by Richard Matheson in 1954. It’s essentially a vampire thriller and one man’s efforts to overcome huge obstacles and loneliness.
And that’s not all, it appears that Will Smith’s take on the book is actually the third movie based on it. Seven years before Omega Man, forty three years before Will Smith’s version, there was The Last Man on Earth (1964) starring Vincent Price.
So there you have it, 3 movies based on the book in the last 43 years. Must be a great book, eh? The amazon reviews are pretty good, but I’m still not going to take a chance on a 50+ year old vampire thriller when there’s perfectly good sci-fi and fantasy out there waiting for me to pick up
So, what did I think about the movie today?
On a 5 Pocket Protector scale, I’d give it:
3.5 is based on the action, the surreal scenes of an abandoned New York City and decent acting by Will Smith. The theater experience wasn’t bad either.