Friday, I cut work a few minutes early so I could catch the 440 IMAX showing of Will Smith’s new movie “I Am Legend.” The little promos that I saw up until the release really had me intrigued about the movie as they did not seem to show anything but a lone Negro with a German Sheppard in NYC after some alien attack or something. So I went into the movie pretty much blind to what it was all about etc. Well I guess I could have read up on it 1st. I know now that this movie has been remade like 4 times.
Before the movie even began, it was off the hook, because they showed the trailer for the new Batman movie. It was a nice long IMAX exclusive preview & when it went off the audience was like damnnnnnnnnn! I cannot wait for it to be released.
Anyway, the move starts & for the 1st 20-30 minutes or so, I’m like what the hell is going on, where is everyone & why is he hunting deer by chasing them in a 2008 Ford Mustang? The later, Robert Neville (Will Smith) started having flashbacks, which started to pull the puzzle pieces together. I don’t want to give too much away but after one hunting trip, the movie flipped the mutha fuckin’ script & the pace was on like a runaway train.
My initial thoughts of an alien attack on NYC were so wrong & it turns out what jumped off was totally the fault of man…
The last few Will Smith movies have been totally wack but he so bounced back with this release & I do not think anyone else could have done a better job. I think he showed tremendous range & flexibility in his skills. Shit, I was even liking the his companion Sam (the German Sheppard) then something jumped off with Sam that would even make Michael Vick cry. Actually what jumped off with made the woman next to me cry, I though it was special. White people know they love them some dogs (me being an ass hole).
The action in this film was so amazing & breathtaking, I need to see it one mo gin’ just to make sure that I did not miss anything.
One thing that I really liked was that Neville actually had a Black wife (fine ass Salli Richardson. I have been wanting her to be my baby’s mama since “Low Down Dirty Shame.”). It seems like successful Black actors get stuck with a white love interest or… Yes, I’m a race watcher!
I know I’m being little schizo with my written thoughts here so just take my word for it & go see the movie for yourself! It was worth every penny of the 10 bucks I paid!
Final note: This movie will really make you think about medical advances & how we are altering things that perhaps should not be fucked with. I was thinking to myself as I walked to my car that maybe mother nature has the master plan & that science needs to take a chill pill & not cure everything. Animals are not intended to live forever, shit we all gotta die at some point.
OK, OK, One more last note: There was a older Black couple that sat in front of me at the movies & the man just kept on talking & commenting during the entire movie. His boo would say things but also but not as much as him. They really got on my damn nerves cause they acted like they had never been to the movies before. If they were not senior to me, I would have said something. I don’t know why in general, we Negroes do not know how to act in the damn movie theater.
Why come we gotta do all that damn talking, narrating & shit while people like me, shut the fuck up, & enjoy the film???
Anyway, while when we were walking out of the theater, I was still kinda mad because of all of their talking & when I looked at them in the face, I thought to myself, that they looked like some catfish sandwich & hot sauce eatin’ niggas & knew no better.
Back to the movie…
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.