I am Legend 2 Disc Special Edition Review

9 out of 10 Skulls
Written by: Meh   

I had a chance to watch the 2 disc special edition which features an alternate ending and the very cool digital copy that you can put on your computer, or if you like going blind I think you can also put it on your ipod ( why the hell would you do that? ) The story for those of you who do not know it goes like this;

Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable…and manmade. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City…and maybe the world. But he is not alone. He is surrounded by "the Infected"-victims of the plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings who can only exist in the dark and who will devour or infect anyone or anything in their path.

For three years, Neville has spent his days scavenging for food and supplies and faithfully sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. All the while, the Infected lurk in the shadows, watching Neville’s every move, waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But his blood is also what The Infected hunt, and Neville knows he is outnumbered and quickly running out of time.

The movie is easily one of my favorites now. Its as good if not better then 28 Days Later and although its very blatantly heavy CGI throughout when it comes to the "dark seekers' I liked it. If you liked the visual FX in Constantine you will be ok with this one. Looks good, but has a distinct feel to it. The story is VERY well written and you get to know Neville very early on in the film not so much from what he says but from what you see in his house, on his fridge, etc. Its a horror movie that actually takes the time to tell a story. MovieMaven told me the movie made her cry and I can totally see why. It has alot of heart, alot of depth and as far as I am concerned is one of the best apocalyptic tales I have seen yet. So good in fact I watched the alternate version right after. Although I didnot notice any differences accept the ending.

I wont spoil the ending in the alternate version but I will say that it was horrible. Whoever decided to use the ending they did in the film made the right choice. It may not be all that open to a sequel but who cares, its about story telling. Not sequels. This movie is an absolute must buy. If you liked 28 Days Later you will love this.

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