I Am Legend

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Adapted from acclaimed author Richard Matheson's influential novelette of the same name, Constantine director Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend follows the last man on Earth as he struggles to survive while fending off the infected survivors of a devastating vampiric plague. A brilliant scientist who raced to discover a cure for the man-made virus as humanity came crumbling down all around him, Robert Neville Will Smith was inexplicably immune to the highly contagious superbug. Now the entire population of New York ...
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Overview

Adapted from acclaimed author Richard Matheson's influential novelette of the same name, Constantine director Francis Lawrence's I Am Legend follows the last man on Earth as he struggles to survive while fending off the infected survivors of a devastating vampiric plague. A brilliant scientist who raced to discover a cure for the man-made virus as humanity came crumbling down all around him, Robert Neville Will Smith was inexplicably immune to the highly contagious superbug. Now the entire population of New York City -- and perhaps the world -- has been transformed into carnivorous bloodsuckers that fear the light and live solely to spread their contagion to any remaining living creature that crosses their path. It's been three years since civilization came to an end, and the loneliness has taken a devastating toll on Neville. By day he scours the city for food and supplies while sending out desperate radio messages in hopes that someone might respond, and by night he attempts to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus by experimenting with his own blood. But time is running out for Neville as the legions of infected watch his every move from the safety of the shadows, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. They, too, long to learn the secret that lurks in Neville's blood, though they will have to take caution while attempting to procure it because Neville will sooner die attempting to slay every last one of them than willingly giving up a single drop. Previously adapted for the screen in the 1964 Vincent Price frightener The Last Man on Earth and the 1971 Charlton Heston action film The Omega Man, Matheson's novelette also served as the inspiration for George A. Romero's groundbreaking zombie classic Night of the Living Dead.
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Special Features

4 awesome animated comics: Death as a gift, Isolation, Sacrificing the Few for the Many and Shelter; DVD-ROM PC weblink to intense bonus material databanki chronicling the movie's creation and exploring the history and current status of life-threatening viral infections
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
There have been so many attempts to get it right, but now 50 years after the fact, it's beginning to seem as if Richard Matheson's landmark 1954 novella may simply be unfilmable. Sure, the long-in-development I Am Legend is a serviceable action-horror flick when all is said and done, but the reality is that fans hoping for a faithful adaptation -- as the title would suggest -- will have to put their expectations on hold if they hope to enjoy this dodgy but passable take on the oft-told tale. Truth is that a large part of the story is deeply psychological as it hones in on the gradual mental breakdown of a man left completely alone in the world, a concept that few would deny is better suited to the written page than the silver screen. No doubt Will Smith does a commendable job of conveying the scientist-turned-vampire slayer's inner torment as he chats up mannequins like they're old friends and goads his dog on to eat vegetables, but it's when the film starts to stray from its origins that it becomes a bit generic and uninvolved. On the one hand, there isn't as much action here as there is in The Omega Man, but on the other, it doesn't come anywhere near to rivaling the brooding quality of The Last Man on Earth -- rendering it more of a tantalizing, middle-of-the-road misfire than an outright failure. The year is 2012, and apparently the Mayan calendar was spot on. Three years ago, scientists smugly proclaimed to the world that they had defeated cancer by harnessing the power of the measles virus, but the celebrations quickly ceased when New Yorkers became infected with a mysterious plague that transformed them into rampaging, primal versions of their former selves. Somehow, famed military scientist Robert Neville was immune to the infection, and now he works around the clock to find a cure. While the light-sensitive former humans that stalk the moonlit streets aren't exactly vampires in the traditional sense they don't have fangs and a well-aimed bullet will suffice should one find themselves fresh out of wooden stakes, they still possess superhuman strength and they'll stop at nothing to savor a fleshy treat. Aside from the absolute core details of Matheson's story, screenwriters Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman have jettisoned nearly all of the engaging particulars that made Neville the tormented man that he became after he watched the world die, instead opting to focus almost entirely on the inevitable showdown between big daddy bloodsucker and the benevolent scientist who only wants to cure him. Gone is Neville's best-friend-turned-vampire who sadistically taunts him from the darkness after the sun goes down, and the slow, torturous death of his family is replaced with a urgent scene of New York City being evacuated that, despite effectively capitalizing on post-9/11 fears of urban paranoia and biological terrorism, denies the character the vivid suffering and agony that so richly molded him on the written page. These changes make for a more cinematic approach to be sure, but unfortunately they're changes that come at the sacrifice of two essential components to Neville's character. When it was first announced that Will Smith would be assuming the role of Neville, fans of the story were understandably skeptical -- visions of the I, Robot star cracking wise as he dispenses with the undead leaving many to fear the worst. Truth is, Smith is just about dead on in his portrayal of the aging but virile protagonist: the specks of grey in his hair and the tired look in his eyes hinting at the weariness that comes with thinking he is the last man on Earth, and the aforementioned conversations with inanimate human stand-ins serving well to highlight the dementia that would likely follow. Unfortunately, the shortcomings of the script are to blame for the lack of rich dimensions that would make the character work. Visually speaking, viewers previously bowled over by the striking imagery on display in director Francis Lawrence's ambitious feature debut Constantine will likely find I Am Legend a bit of a let down as well -- quite a surprise considering that Oscar-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the two Babe films was guiding the lens. Objectively reviewing a film based on a book is a tricky endeavor, especially when the book is one as influential as I Am Legend. Some argue that to compare the filmed version to the written word is unfair, given that both mediums have their obvious benefits and drawbacks. But when one can walk into their nearest bookstore and see copies of Matheson's original story on the shelves adorned with the poster for the film, a curious gray area is created that's difficult to overlook. This is not "Now a Bantam Book!" territory; I Am Legend is an undisputed classic of the sci-fi genre, and to ignore the role that the book played in influencing a film that boldly proclaims that recognizable title as no adaptation before has is extremely difficult if not impossible for anyone who has read and loved the story. When the screenwriters go so far as to actually change the meaning of the title, to retain it for the screen version seems insincere almost to the point of insult. So, is Lawrence's I Am Legend the supposedly faithful adaptation that fans have been teased and taunted with for over a decade? Sadly, no. In the end, I Am Legend is a neutered but decently entertaining version of that familiar tale, a mildly invigorating action-horror entry that's just tense enough to keep audiences from checking their watches, but not memorable enough to warrant any sort of severe damnation or serious discussion -- that is, unless you've read the book.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • UPC: 085391139621
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,154

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Smith Robert Neville
Alice Braga Anna
Charlie Tahan Ethan
Salli Richardson-Whitfield Zoe
Willow Smith Marley
Darrell Foster Mike (Military Escort)
April Grace TV Personality
Dash Mihok Alpha Male
Joanna Numata Alpha Female
Abbey Sam
Kona Sam
Samuel Glen Jay (Military Driver)
James McCauley Male Evacuee
Marin Ireland Woman Evacuee
Pedro Mojica Sergeant
Anthony Mazza Evacuation Cop
Steve Cirbus Military Police
Calista Hill Little Girl Evacuee
Gabriella Hill Little Girl Evacuee
Madeline Hill Little Girl Evacuee
Adhi Sharma Military Scanning Tech
Tyree Simpson Evacuation Cop #2
Blake Lange Coast Guard Ground Crew Member
Alexander DiPersia Male Evacueee #2
Abraham Sparrow Male Evacuee #3
Patrick Fraley President
Caitlin McHugh Special Blond Model
Deborah Collins Civilian
Exo Infected
Lynná Davis Infected
Moses Harris Jr. Infected
Eric Jenkins Infected
Heather Lang Infected
Katherine Brook Infected
Anika Ellis Infected
Kennis Hawkins Infected
Reed Kelly Infected
Drew Leary Infected
Vince Cupone Infected
John Grady Infected
Marc Inniss Infected
Grasan Kingsberry Infected
Asa Liebmann Infected
Deborah Lohse Infected
Luke Miller Infected
Okwui Okpokwasili Infected
Paradox Pollack Infected
Hollie K. Seidel Infected
Mark Steger Infected
Anthony Vincent Infected
Jon-Paul Mateo Infected
Courtney Munch Infected
Erin Owen Infected
Will Rawls Infected
Hannah Sim Infected
Charlie Sutton Infected
Greg Wattkis Infected
Ian McLaughlin Infected
Kim Murphy Infected
Victor Paguia Infected
William Schultz Infected
Eric Spear Infected
David Hamilton Thomson Infected
Mike Patton Voice Only
Technical Credits
Francis Lawrence Director
Dr. Thomas Aaragan Consultant/advisor
Ray Abbott Stunts
Robert Alonzo Stunts
Scott Armstrong Stunts
James Armstrong Stunts
Nina Almond Armstrong Stunts
Frank Barranca Special Effects
Dr. Bill Bellini Consultant/advisor
Dr. Bob Benjamin Consultant/advisor
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Dr. Keith Black Consultant/advisor
Christiana Blain Stunts
Dr. George Bonnano Consultant/advisor
Joey Box Stunts
Jeff Brink Special Effects
Jill Brown Stunts
Jared Burke Stunts
Mike Burke Stunts
Nicole Callender Stunts
Dr. Darin Carroll Consultant/advisor
John Cenatiempo Stunts
Wayne Cerullo Stunts
Darren Cerullo Stunts
Mark Chadwick Stunts
Victor Chan Stunts
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Bob Colletti Stunts
Blaise Corrigan Stunts
Joyce Hooper Corrington Original Story
William Cote Stunts
Dr. Alan Counter Consultant/advisor
Dr. Nancy Cox Consultant/advisor
Douglas Crosby Stunts
Angelina Cruz Stunts
Howard Cummings Art Director
Eddie Delena Sound Mixer
Dr. Joseph Derisi Consultant/advisor
Peter Epstein Stunts
Frank Ferera Stunts
Aja Frary Stunts
Hal Gaba Executive Producer
Dr. Donald Ganem Consultant/advisor
Donna Garland Consultant/advisor
Shane Geraghty Stunts
Dr. Julia Gerberding Consultant/advisor
Jeffrey Lee Gibson Stunts
William Gimson Consultant/advisor
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Akiva Goldsman Producer, Screenwriter
Gloria Grant Makeup
Dr. Stuart Grassian Consultant/advisor
Gabriel Ryan Hansen Stunts
Michael Hauge Consultant/advisor
David Heyman Producer
Peter Hock Stunts
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Sony Pictures Imageworks Animator
Joel Iwataki Sound Mixer
Terry Jackson Stunts
Craig Jensen Stunts
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Dr. Joan Kavanaugh Consultant/advisor
Peter Klein Stunts
Dr. Richard Klomp Consultant/advisor
Dr. Tom Ksiazek Consultant/advisor
James Lassiter Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I Am Legend
1. Miracle Cure [2:09]
2. Fellow Hunters [5:45]
3. In For the Night [4:10]
4. Ground Zero [3:08]
5. Animal Traits [3:04]
6. Shop and Forage [5:02]
7. Seaport at Midday [3:19]
8. Race to the Light [5:06]
9. Mutant Trap [2:26]
10. Test Subject [3:30]
11. Fishing in the Dark [1:30]
12. Evacuation [4:48]
13. Man Trap [4:44]
14. Dogs of Sundown [4:22]
15. Farewell to a Friend [3:41]
16. Please Say Hello [2:46]
17. Swarm of the Infected [3:00]
18. Family Tragedy [1:48]
19. Anna and Ethan [4:47]
20. Verbatim [2:03]
21. Marley's Namesake [6:16]
22. God Told Me [2:36]
23. Home Invasion [3:55]
24. I Can Save You [3:48]
25. Exit Strategy [1:51]
26. His Legend [1:55]
27. End Credits [8:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- I Am Legend
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   Scene Selections
   Animated Comics
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      Death as a Gift
      Isolation
      Sacrificing the Few For the Many
      Shelter
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English (For the Hearing Impaired)
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome

    It turned out to be a lot better than I thought it would. The thing I didn't like was the ending but the rest of the movie was amazing. I would recommend this movie to any teen and adult.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I am Legend

    I really like this. It fits with the moral- don't mess with God's creation, because you can't know how it will turn out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Alone at the bottom of the food chain,

    Usually I will read the book first but in this case seeing the trailer being played over and over stimulated my curiosity to the point of no return. Being a New Yorker made the whole experience really fun and interesting; recognizing sights I pass on my way to work every day with an eerie feeling of abandonment was something totally different. I would often think in my head about how crowded it gets and how I wish people would just go away but seeing it all empty and overgrowing with grass like a wild safari was worse than I could have imagined. I guess its better the way it is than suffering eternity alone the same way Robert Neville has. <BR/><BR/>Alone except for the companionship of Samantha, the loyal German Shepherd, Neville is hunting wild deer and gathering food growing amok through the city while punctually seeking shelter as soon as the day light ends. When darkness approaches so do the mutated bodies that were once human but now reduced to vampire like creatures who savagely will hunt and devour any living creature. His only mission left is finding the cure than can turn the beasts back into the living before he goes mad form being alone. Things start going wrong when Neville stops being the hunter and starts becoming the hunted, the dark alleys that look ominous contain something that is keen ob bringing him down. His daily routing gets disturbed and he can no longer live peacefully with the hopes of one day saving everyone, he needs to find the cure fast or he too will succumb to the dire fate that all others have met. <BR/><BR/>Visually stunning the movies makes you care for Neville, who was very well portrayed by Smith. He was alone but not overly distressed or crazed, he exercised, rented videos, cooked, watched Shrek and tried to stay as close to being sane as possible. The scary parts made me jump and yell at the TV the same way guys do when they watch sports but overall it was a fun and wild experience and it really made me want to read the book to see what the original idea for this story was. I wish there was less CG effects these days but so many movies are full of them that one can't not see them for just this one reason. Other than that this was a real blast and I will want to see it again soon. <BR/><BR/><BR/>- Kasia S.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WILL SMITH: SUPERB

    Mr. Smith's role is superb, one of the most powerful movies he's made, gripping, gives you something to think about, you will laugh, cry, hope and dream, you will cheer, love and believe!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Possibly the saddest movie I have ever seen....

    I actually cried during this movie, and, for those who know me, that's really saying a lot. I mean, the movie gives such a feeling of hopelessness and inevitability and yet, you can't help rooting for the main character. If the movie was made in able to leave the audience with a certain mix of feelings, then it most definitely succeeded. It's almost depressing, and yet, thought provoking. Funny, but in a dark kind of comedic way. Suspenseful, and yet, there really isn't that much action. It was frightening, yet heart-warming. Disturbing and adorable. Although not a movie you could watch over and over again, it was beautifully crafted, a story weaved with many different emotions. I think it was very well done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    review

    it was good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    good movie

    good movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    :(

    the story made me sad, but its the one of my most fave movie... the ending is so heartbreaking...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    I AM LEGEND

    The movie I am legend is the saddest,coolest moive i have ever seen.Will Smith is a great actor in this movie.Everyone is infected eexcept for him and some other people.The infected people try to kill him and his loyal dog.Later other people who are not infected come and find him because of his message on th radio.He is trying to find a cure for the disease thaat has spread through the city.His family dies and he is depressed about it.i would recomind this movie to anyone over forteen.I AM LEGEND.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "i Am Legend" 2 disc special edition DVD

    I was a little disapointed after buying this. The DVD case has been chipped a little and so was one of the plastic DVD holders insinde the case. Other wise the DVD's played Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't Somebody Do This Right?

    Upon the third attempt at adapting this novel to the big screen, I'm once again let down. Things move along smoothly for I Am Legend. The atmosphere isn't quite as spooky as it could've been, but we get a good sense of Neville's desolate New York City and his means of gathering food and just plain old passing time. And as the suspense builds to where we finally find out what's lurking in the darkness, we are sucker-punched by the very first sight of the infected, but in the worst possible way! I don't know who designed the CG creatures of this film, but he/she shouldn't be allowed out of their room for a long time. The infected looked absurd! If you are easily thrown by horrible effects, you might wanna avoid this baby. I had really a nice sense of dread coarsing through me. I mean, I was really buying this flick, right up to the point they unleashed the silliest looking bad guys of the last 20 years. And it was at that very moment, they completely lost me. I no longer bought it, which really bummed me out. So, buyer beware with this movie cause you get what you pay for...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i am legend

    this was interesting and pretty good till i guess the other half of the movie which was a little sad and disappointing. see the movie for yourself then you'll know what i'm talking about. this is about a guy and his dog and a world that's supposedly empty with vampire looking ish zombies. and i was actually surprised that will smith did a pretty good job and love the dog too. and never heard of the omega man or the books that its based on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am Amazed

    This movie was excellent. It had fantastic visual effects, wonderful acting, and a really cool plot. It was very intense, without being graphic. Note to fans: the book is very different from the movie. It is still really good, but different nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Suspenseful but disappointing

    "I Am Legend" was very suspenseful. I was ready to run from the room at any moment. Then I just started getting disappointed at how the movie was progressing. I agree that the ending was mearly the tying up of a loose end. I also agree that the pup played a vital role. To its credit, the movie did touch on the importance of the connection we humans have with pups. In fact, it was obvious that for 3 1/2 years, it was the pup that helped him keep his sanity! Will Smith did some very good acting and made me feel for him on many occassions. He's come a very long way as an actor. However, all in all, the movie just left me feeling hollow. There were too many gaps and questions for the audience to piece together on its own regarding the storyline and the overall essense of the movie. Is this really the direction of humankind in some form or another?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am Underwhelmed

    It was alright. Will Smith was obviously smokin' hot. The fact that he can do a backwards pull-up is super impressive. The movie was very suspenseful and had great action. The story line was lacking. Which is quite dissapointing since it is based off of a novel. The ending was flat and there was not enough contact with the human/monster people. It is worth seeing if you like Will Smith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie, Better Book

    For those who have read the novel that inspired it all by Richard Matheson, you probably agree that the book smashes the movie. I left the theatre somewhat angry, but it's my fault for comparing them. There are a decent amount of alterations in the film that might not bother everyone, but they were noticed. If you separate them as two different stories, the movie is fantastic. Also, if you have seen the other attempts at recreating the book (Vincent Price's The Last Man On Earth, Charleton Heston's The Omega Man..) you will agree this wins hands down. Whether you've read the book or not, I highly recommend this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    flawed but half good

    I am responding partly because of the previous review saying it was better than There Will Be Blood. I am Legend is an interesting movie and the first two thirds or so are riveting. Will Smith's performance is brave and nuanced and the tension is superb. However, the ending (without saying what happens) is so contrived and feels so manipulated that it exhausts all good will the movie had built up. It would be interesting to read the first incarnations of the screenplay and hear a commentary about how things change. Just knowing that there is a radically different ending presented on the disc (I have seen it. It's okay, but still out of character from the rest of the film) makes one wonder how many ways they considered ending the film. Almost anything else would have been better. So, I can't say it is awful. Just hit stop when you can tell the last act has begun and make up your own ending. Or read the novel, whose ending is fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Than The Book, It's LEGENDARY

    I Am Legend is the best. I have been looking at these reviews here and laughing to myself. This movie is great and you should buy it immeadiately and YES it is better than There Will Be Blood. There Will Be Blood had way too much of an agenda for me. And Daniel Day Lewis is too much of a ham. Will Smith turns in a grounded, down-to-earth, heavy, weighted, substansial performance that left me thinking for days. The zombies are way scarier in the movie than they are in the book and for all the whiners that liked the book SO MUCH there's an alternate ending that finishes just like the book did. I don't know what the big deal is. A zombie is way scarier when I can see it than when I have to think about what it looks like in my head. So buy this movie. P.S. The Shrek scene is hilarious, you'll know what I mean when you see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pretty solid but disappointing overall

    I was looking forward to this back in December and was let down by about half the movie. The first half is very good, Will smith shows his versatility as an actor and carries movie with his growing insanity and touching moments with the dog, but once the darkseekers are introduced, the film drags with lousy special effects and improbable moments. I am interested in the alternate ending on the dvd so I'll rent it at some point, but this is not one I will be adding to my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DID THE ACADEMY MISS THIS ONE!

    Take the best elements of night of the living dead, andromeda strain, escape from new york, day after tomorrow and mix in awesome special effects, heart-stopping editing, smith's best dramatic effort, and top it all off with the most loveable animal actor in history and you have a movie that makes "no country" and "there will be blood" pppppaaaaalllllleeee by comparison... Saw it big screen 2nd day of release in december and waited breathlessly for dvd release...I got mine reserved...How 'bout you???

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