I Am Legend (2007, USA) C-101m. SCOPE *** D: Francis Lawrence. Starring Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Emma Thompson. Third film version of Richard Matheson's novel about a research scientist (Smith) who is the only one immune to epidemic which wipes out mankind and turns most survivors into vampiric creatures that can only survive in darkness. By day Smith roams New York City with his dog looking for other survivors. Intriguing, almost pessimistic apocalyptic horror film with impressive special effects. Previously filmed as L'ULTIMO UOMO DELLA TERRA / THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) with Vincent Price and THE OMEGA MAN (1971) with Charlton Heston. Score by James Newton Howard. Also shown with an alternate ending.

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