I Am Legend
PG-13
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +2

Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith, Charlie Tahan. Sci-fi Action Adventure. Written by Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman. Directed by Francis Lawrence.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurableand manmade. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York Cityand 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 Nevilles every move, waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankinds 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.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Its not nice to fool Mother Nature. So learn the scientists who attempt to eliminate all illness from the earth. The vaccine used to inoculate everyone against cancer goes so wrong that everyone except Will Smith (maybe others) becomes a flesh-eating member of Night of the Living Dead. It contains moments of cacophonous thrills, others of philosophical profundity, with a continuous intensity. Computer trickery is so impressive these days that Manhattan can be turned into a Mad Max wasteland and monsters can become the things that nightmares are made of.

Though the story has its roots in such films as On the Beach, The World, the Flesh and the Devil, and every zombie movie ever conceived, it is so well done by its technical crew and injected with such a bravura performance by its star that it becomes a satisfying seat-grabber of a movie.

There are several moments that show regard for the Creator. When Nevilles wife and child board a helicopter, there is a family prayer. At another point, the lead character is quick to let someone understand that this catastrophe was not the fault of a Supreme Being: he unequivocally states, God didnt do this, we did. And though at one point at his most desolate, the character in anger yells out there is no God, the ending reveals that not only is God still among us, but the character was being used by the Almighty to aid mankind.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: One use of Jesus name uttered in fear (not by the lead) and one Oh my God.
Violence: The film receives its rating for its concept and for the intense action and the vicious depiction of the night monsters; several brutal fight scenes and we learn of the deaths of loved ones; many jolting, scary scenes. Blood: Some blood when the lead is wounded.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Creatures are injected with a serum in hopes of restoring them.
Other: None
Running Time: 101 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Adults

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