Perhaps you might remember a while back I posted about the new Will Smith flick I Am Legend and how much I was looking forward to it. Well I finally saw it. To be honest I was pretty disappointed. Smith did a fine job acting. His performance as a scientist whose spent three years alone in post apocalyptic New York City teetering on the edge of sanity was convincing and impressive. The real problem with the film for me was the story and what wasn’t told. It felt very edited. There were a couple flashbacks here and there used to explain why New York City is in ruins and populated by only Will Smith and a bunch of virus infected, rabid vampire-ish creatures, but not enough.
I’m hoping the filmmakers and the movie studio responsible for I Am Legend will release an extended director’s cut to DVD. I have a feeling there was a whole lot of footage shot that you never get to see in the theatrical version that would have made it a much more rewarding film. If this infection of humans causing them to morph into nasty vampire-like creatures was caused by a biological weapon used in warfare, let’s see it happen.
I want to see the events that led up to where the story begins. The thought of billions of people on Earth being wiped out by a massive virus is really tragic. If the filmmakers would have included that tragedy rather than just alluding to it, I Am Legend could have been epic and gut wrenching, evoking real emotional response from me. Unfortunately in it’s shortened, heavily edited form, it did not.
Having said all of that though I’m not saying you shouldn’t see this film. It’s not horrible by any means. It’s actually pretty decent for the most part. However it’s what you don’t get to see that would have made I Am Legend unforgettable.