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Cerebus
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Since: 17.11.02

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Wowsers! This exceeded my expectations my a few miles.

Being a fan of Chuck Heston's, I really only went to this because of the writer. Richard Matheson is a brilliant writer who you might recognize as the man behing all the best TWILIGHT ZONE episodes. He wrote this great story that's been made into two really good films (OMEGA MAN with Heston, and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH with Vincent Price) and since it's been over three decades that they filmed the last one, I'm alright with a newer version so that all the kids can go see it.

Will Smith carried this all by himself. he was pretty much in every scene, mostly by himself, and I gotta admit he did it respectably well. He was able to pull off misery, sadness, crazy insane, loveable, and heart wrenching withvery little dialogue and I can't think of hardly any other actors who could have pulled this off as well as he does.

The effects were pretty spectacular as well. Seeing New York without a soul walking around or a bum sleeping on the sidewalk is pretty creepy and fascinating. I loved the details they throw in like the grass growing around the cars that have been sitting stationary for years and how he has given names to mannequins and talks to them like they're real people.

The scene where he recites a whole scene from SHREK was pretty strange as well. It really shows just how crazy a guy will get when there's no one around to interact with except a dog.

Overall, and excellent hour and a half well spent.

The new BATMAN trailer was quite excellent as well. It reminded me of the Burton BATMAn trailer when it mostly showcased The Joker and very little Batman, but obviously the reason is because Heath Ledger is kick ass as the Joker and will blow away Christian Bale's Batman and loks to easily erase Jack Nicholson's hammy Joker from my mind.



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Since: 2.1.02
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    Originally posted by Cerebus
    The new BATMAN trailer was quite excellent as well.


Wait, I thought they were gonna show the first six minutes of the movie in lieu of a trailer ...





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Since: 26.3.03
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#3 Posted on
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    Originally posted by Alessandro
      Originally posted by Cerebus
      The new BATMAN trailer was quite excellent as well.


    Wait, I thought they were gonna show the first six minutes of the movie in lieu of a trailer ...



The IMAX screenings get the six minutes. Everyone else gets the trailer that was leaked.



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Since: 10.10.02
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Having never seen the other two movies this was based off of, I will say that it had some very suspenseful moments. The ending felt a little rushed to me, but these were some great villians. A great job by Will Smith also.
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Since: 28.2.02
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Thumbs up. I'm a huge fan of the novel and while different, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.

I say a lot more about it here:

http://www.backofthehead.com/entertainment/2007-12-15.iamlegendreview.html



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Since: 3.10.02
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WOW! My girlfriend cried TWICE during this movie. Great great movie. I can see how it was the biggest opening in December movie history. It was sold out every show on Friday and I had to wait until last night to see it.


Will Smith was fantastic. Can't say enough about how great he was in this role. His interaction and love for Sam was such a great portion of this movie.

The visual of a vacant New York was amazing. I wish I knew how they did that. Simply a stunning movie.
Mayhem
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Since: 25.4.03
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    WOW! My girlfriend cried TWICE during this movie. Great great movie. I can see how it was the biggest opening in December movie history. It was sold out every show on Friday and I had to wait until last night to see it.


    Will Smith was fantastic. Can't say enough about how great he was in this role. His interaction and love for Sam was such a great portion of this movie.

    The visual of a vacant New York was amazing. I wish I knew how they did that. Simply a stunning movie.



I thought I was going to cry when over the dog.
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Since: 3.10.02
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She cried then, (and the entire audience went AWWWW!) and during the scene where he was putting his family on the helo to fly away.


OH, and did anybody notice the SUPERMAN and BATMAN billboard?
John Orquiola
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Since: 28.2.02
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    The visual of a vacant New York was amazing. I wish I knew how they did that.


I was in New York last fall while I Am Legend was being shot so I'll tell you how they did it:

The production got permission from the city to close down several blocks of the city at a time. Most of their location shooting was done in the very early morning and on weekend mornings, to minimize the number of people on the street. Sections of the city would be blocked off and traffic rerouted. It was a long shoot for them because of their scheduling limitations. If you'll notice, most of the shots of empty New York are morning/dawn/early day shots. The night stuff they did was mainly centered around Washington Square, where Will Smith's townhouse was located. They basically took over Washington Square in Greenwich Village for several weeks and had the giant lights set up all the while. They deployed many, many production assistants to close off the streets and ward people away from their sets. Everything else: the grass on the streets, the animals, erasing undesirables from shots, and adding in things like that weird "Superman vs. Batman" billboard in Times Square, was accomplished by the magic of CGI. It was all very well done and on the IMAX it was extra impressive to behold.



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Since: 3.5.03
From: Georgia bred, you can tell by my Hawk jersey

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I don't have much to add beyond what's already been said. Fabulous movie. Will Smith continues to blow me away with the range of emotions he can portray on screen. And he displayed quite a few in this movie: sadness, desperation, depravity, anger, terror.

I thought Sam the dog was absolutely adorable, both the puppy and the adult dog. Can a dog be nominated for best supporting actress? The scene where she ran into the dark after the deer was probably the most intense scene I have ever seen in a movie.

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Since: 4.1.02
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    Originally posted by Mayhem
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      WOW! My girlfriend cried TWICE during this movie. Great great movie. I can see how it was the biggest opening in December movie history. It was sold out every show on Friday and I had to wait until last night to see it.


      Will Smith was fantastic. Can't say enough about how great he was in this role. His interaction and love for Sam was such a great portion of this movie.

      The visual of a vacant New York was amazing. I wish I knew how they did that. Simply a stunning movie.



    I thought I was going to cry when over the dog.


Just to prove I'm a horrible person, my first thought in this scene was that Will Smith was auditioning for the role in the Michael Vick Story.

Very good movie. It's weird, after reading about the original I Am Legend book, I still think that story would make a more interesting movie than any of the big-screen adaptations thus far. Maybe in 30 years time....
Mayhem
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Since: 25.4.03
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#12 Posted on
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    OH, and did anybody notice the SUPERMAN and BATMAN billboard?


Yes yes yes, indeed ... was it 05.05.10?

StaggerLee
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Since: 3.10.02
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    Originally posted by Mayhem
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      OH, and did anybody notice the SUPERMAN and BATMAN billboard?


    Yes yes yes, indeed ... was it 05.05.10?




http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2007/12/03/batman-vs-superman-coming-in-2009-but-will-we-live-to-see-it/
JustinShapiro
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Since: 12.12.01
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#14 Posted on
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So ... yeah. That zombieguy leader really hatched some kind of plan, huh? Damn it, Fred.
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