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"I AM LEGEND"
(2007) (Will Smith, Dash Mihok) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
None Heavy Heavy *Extreme Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild Mild Extreme None Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild None Moderate Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-fi: The lone inhabitant of post-apocalyptic Manhattan must not only contend with having no human contact, but also the evolving actions of zombie-type, infected beings, all he continues his quest to find a cure for the contagion that afflicts them.
PLOT:
It's the year 2012, and it's been three years since a supposed cure for cancer mutated into an airborne and physically spread contagion that nearly wiped out the entire human population on Earth. Yet, that hasn't deterred Robert Neville (WILL SMITH) from thinking he can still fix things.

A military scientist who's immune to the pathogen, Robert is the lone, non-infected human inhabitant of Manhattan, a once-thriving metropolis that's now overrun with weeds and herds of deer. Not to mention packs of infected humans, rabid beings that only come out at night to avoid physically damaging and potentially deadly contact with sunlight.

Instinctual rather than intellectual, they're beings that Robert avoids by holing up in his fortified home with his German Shepherd, Sam. Yet, he also occasionally captures some of them for testing, all in hopes of developing an antidote. Apparently that isn't sitting well with the "dark seekers" and their leader, the Alpha Male (DASH MIHOK), who's apparently evolving back into a thinking being.

As he contends with that as well as perpetual loneliness, Robert must also contend with the eventual arrival of Anna (ALICE BRAGA) and her son Ethan (CHARLIE TAHAN), apparent other survivors who make the scientist rethink his strategy and outlook on life.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many teen and older preteen boys will be interested, as might anyone who's a fan of Will Smith.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • WILL SMITH plays a military scientist who's the lone, uninfected human in Manhattan and possibly the world. While dealing with lack of human contact as well as the inherent danger associated with the dark seekers, he strives to find an antidote to the contagion.
  • DASH MIHOK plays the leader of the infected humans, a being that's seemingly evolving back into a thinking rather than purely instinctual creature, and wants to capture and kill Robert.
  • ALICE BRAGA plays another survivor, a woman supposedly called upon by God to rescue Robert and convince him to join her and her son on their journey to a rumored survivor colony.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this sci-fi thriller that's rated PG-13. A mild amount of profanity is present, which also holds true for a handful of colorful phrases. A man's buff torso is seen as he exercises, while very out of focus video covers, presumably of porn titles, are seen in the background of a shot set in a video store.

    Violence consists of a man killing many infected humans (something akin to zombies) with gunfire and explosions, while some injuries are also present. All of that has varying degrees of bloodiness, while those scenes, some visuals (mainly of the "monsters") and various moments of peril will be quite intense, suspenseful or even scary for some viewers.

    Bad attitudes are present, as is tense family material that sporadically occurs in several flashbacks. If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some of that from flashing emergency lights in a flashback.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of handheld camera footage in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • In a flashback, an infected person's face suddenly hits and smears (with what looks like blood) across a vehicle's window.
  • Robert follows a trail of blood through a dark building, eventually finding a dead deer there.
  • An infected person's skin burns upon contact with sunlight, just as it briefly does in a later scene for another such being that partially steps out from a doorway into the sun.
  • Robert draws some of his own blood to be used as a lure to capture an infected person for testing.
  • The Alpha Male nearly comes out after Robert, but brief burning of his skin keeps him in the doorway.
  • Robert has an infected woman (with bad looking skin on an emaciated body) strapped down on an examination table and uses an UV light to test its reaction (and the skin partially burns from that exposure).
  • Robert has some blood run down from his head after being injured in a trap. When he cuts himself down from that, something impales and bloodies his leg, and he leaves a trail of blood on the street as he drags himself back toward his vehicle. Meanwhile, his dog's hair is matted with blood after battling infected dogs.
  • Robert is somewhat bloody after being banged around inside his SUV.
  • We see the now stitched up wound in Robert's leg.
  • We see some blood on a wall following an explosion.
  • Robert shoots infected people in various scenes, with varying degrees of bloody results.
  • Robert pulls some blood as a sample and gives the filled vial to Anna for safekeeping.
  • Robert's shirt is bloody after battling infected creatures.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • The infected humans are intent on killing Robert, with some of that stemming form basic instinct, while evolving, calculated maliciousness is also present.
  • Upset about various things, Robert throws his breakfast plate against a wall, prompting Anna (who fixed that breakfast for him) to pull her handgun just in case it's needed.
  • After Anna says that God sent her to Robert, he replies that there is no God (due to most everyone on Earth being killed by the virus and/or the infected beings). Some viewers might not like that mindset/opinion.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" "Blood/Gore" and "Jump Scenes" may be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • The same holds true for the appearance of the infected humans (emaciated and monstrous, etc.).
  • A running deer nearly hits Robert in his car. He then chases after it and others, both in his car and on foot. He then creeps up on the animal and prepares to shoot it, just as a lion pounces on it, grabbing the deer by the neck. Robert is about to shoot that as well until he sees the father lion and their cub come upon the scene.
  • After watching Robert meticulously fortify his home (including closing heavy-duty metal shutters, etc.) we hear monster-type sounds outside the house, and then see Robert hiding in his large bathtub, dog and gun by his side.
  • We see an infected and hairless rat that keeps aggressively smashing against its glass cage, trying to get at Robert.
  • Robert kicks open a door and enters with his gun drawn (to check for survivors and supplies, etc.).
  • Sam the dog chases a deer into a dark building, with Robert realizing the bad ramifications of that. He then cautiously enters the large building, gun drawn and flashlight attached to that. During this, he hears eerie sounds from the deer or infected humans, and follows a trail of blood along the floor (with views limited to what his flashlight illuminates). He then finds the dead deer, as well as a huddle of infected beings that don't notice his presence. He then tries to back away as slowly as he can and with as little noise as possible. When he finds the dog hiding under a desk, however, he has to open fire when an infected creature lunges at him. His gunfire kills that one, but others are alerted by the sound and give chase. Robert and his dog then try to run out, with a creature catching him just as he reaches a window through which he crashes out into the daylight. They fall several stories with Robert landing on the creature (thus cushioning his fall) that then writhes in pain from the sun's rays.
  • Robert has an infected woman (with bad looking skin on an emaciated body) strapped down on an examination table and uses an UV light to test its reaction (and the skin partially burns from that exposure). He then injects his latest test serum into the creature, with it then writhing and finally dying, but he injects it with something else and it comes back to life.
  • We return to the flashback where Robert is escorting his family through the crowds of people in order to evacuate them. Their child panics when the mother is kept back, and the guards aim their guns at Robert as he orders them to test the mother again (since the first scan falsely indicated she was infected).
  • Robert is suspicious and mad when he discovers that one of his mannequins has been moved. Somewhat losing it, he yells at the dummy and then riddles it and adjacent buildings with gunfire from his automatic weapon. He then approaches the mannequin and ends up stepping into a snare trap that gets him by the ankle and yanks him up into the air, high above the street. We see some blood run down his head from this, and he passes out. When he comes to, his sunset warming alarm is going off on his watch, and thus he manages to reach up and cut himself down. But he lands hard on the street below, with something impaling, bloodying and thus injuring his leg. He then tries to drag himself back toward his vehicle, but then sees that the Alpha Male and others are waiting for the sun to set to get him. The Alpha Male then lets several infected and rabid dogs loose, and they stop just short of the last ray of sunlight of the day. Robert thus tries to speed up his painful crawl, and the dogs take off once the sunlight disappears. He manages to shoot one dead, but another battles his dog Sam, while he has to hold off a third, with his jaws just inches from his neck and head. Sam the dog is badly injured during this, but Robert manages to shoot the other infected dogs dead.
  • Spoiler Alert: Robert tries to save his dog after it's been attacked by infected ones, but when his dog starts to turn, he suffocates the dog to death (in a mercy killing, where we only see his anguished face during the brief struggle, but the scene is quite disturbing, mainly because the dog was his only living companion). We then see the dog's limp body and then Robert burying it.
  • We see what appears to be Robert seated out at the end of a dock at night, meaning he's probably in harm's way. That's especially true when many infected beings slowly sneak up on and then race toward him. But that turns out to be a dummy, and Robert then starts his SUV and drives over and smashes into many of those creatures. During this, his SUV nearly falls off the edge of the dock, but the weight of the creatures piling onto his hood gets his tires back on solid ground and he speeds forward, striking more, as the others try to break through his vehicle. He smashes one back to a light pole and is hit by his airbag, while the weight of many creatures brings the pole down onto the SUV. Others then repeatedly bang into and eventually overturn the vehicle, with the Alpha Male coming in through the window to attack him, but sudden, bright light chases it away.
  • We see a flashback to fighter jets firing missiles into the bridges leading into Manhattan, thus causing them to collapse into the water below (as a means of sealing off the island). Robert then spots a chopper going out of control due to the weight of panicked people holding onto the bottom of it (and then falling off), and it then heads toward the chopper taking his family away (we don't see the impact).
  • Robert wakes up back in his place, hears sounds, grabs his gun, and slowly makes his way toward the kitchen, only to discover two other survivors there.
  • Robert realizes the infected beings previously followed him and Anna back to his place and are now quickly approaching as a mob. He turns on various bright lights to try to deter them, but when that doesn't work, he sets off various explosives that kill many of the creatures and cause all sorts of property damage (to parked cars as well as his own place).
  • Robert discovers that an explosion has damaged his security defense, and an infected being then attacks him inside his place. It bites, strikes and throws him around, and he then stabs a screwdriver into it. The creature then throws him through a banister and Robert hits the far wall and then falls down the steps. The creature then comes at him, but flees when he grabs a gun and opens fire toward it. Spotting a propane tank in another room, Robert shoots that, with the resultant explosion chasing the creature back into his sights, and he opens fire once again, but the creature gets away. Robert then slowly goes up the steps, looking for Anna and her son, and finds them hiding under a desk while an infected creature is above them, trying to tear through the ceiling. He then slowly reaches for a handgun, the creature hears the hiding people below, and Robert shoots the creature just in time.
  • With additional infected humans coming, Robert, Anna and her boy race down into the basement, but the creatures break through the door, prompting the three to take refuge behind a thick, Plexiglas type, floor to ceiling divider. The Alpha Male throws some of his own kind aside as he repeatedly bashes into the glass, progressively shattering it to the point that it's going to fail at any moment.
  • Spoiler Alert: A man sacrifices himself with a hand grenade to save others and kill infected beings that are attacking them. We see the huge explosion.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Automatic weapons/Handguns/Hand grenade: Carried and/or used by Robert to hunt and defend himself, the latter including killing various infected humans.
  • We see long-abandoned tanks in the city.
  • We see military jets on a docked aircraft carrier.
  • We see guards carrying automatic weapons in a flashback.
  • We see a flashback to fighter jets firing missiles into the bridges leading into Manhattan, thus causing them to collapse into the water below (as a means of sealing off the island).
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "What the hell are you doing here?" and "Stubborn jackass" (heard from one of the "Shrek" movies playing in one scene).
  • Some of the stunts and other action might be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • Robert hits golf balls off a non-golf related object (a military jet wing).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A running deer nearly hits Robert in his car. Moments later, a lion suddenly pounces on that deer as Robert is about to shoot it (for food).
  • In a flashback, an infected person's face suddenly hits and smears (with what looks like blood) across a vehicle's window.
  • An infected human suddenly lunges at Robert.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of ominous and suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 3 damns, 3 hells, 2 uses of "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "God," "Jesus" and "My God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see Robert's buff torso as he exercises.
  • We see what appear to be very out of focus porno video covers in a video store behind Robert (they appear to show scantly clad women, but no details can be seen, and he isn't getting one of them).
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • We see a flashback to Robert prepping his family to leave Manhattan after it's been quarantined, and he's going to stay.
  • We return to the flashback where Robert is escorting his family through the crowds of people in order to evacuate them. Their child panics when the mother is kept back, and the guards aim their guns at Robert as he orders them to test the mother again (since the first scan falsely indicated she was infected). He then has a teary farewell with them (as he stays behind).
  • In a flashback, Robert spots a chopper going out of control due to the weight of panicked people holding onto the bottom of it (and then falling off), and it then heads toward the chopper taking his family away (we don't see the impact).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • What it would be like to be the last person on Earth.
  • How well-intentioned scientific efforts sometimes have dire consequences.
  • How humans need contact with other humans.
  • After Anna says that God sent her to Robert, he replies that there is no God (due to most everyone on Earth being killed by the virus and/or the infected beings).
  • VIOLENCE
  • A running deer nearly hits Robert in his car. He then chases after it and others, both in his car and on foot. He then creeps up on the animal and prepares to shoot it, just as a lion pounces on it, grabbing the deer by the neck.
  • Robert has to open fire when an infected creature lunges at him. His gunfire kills that one, but others are alerted by the sound and give chase. Robert and his dog then try to run out of a dark building, with a creature catching him just as he reaches a window through which he crashes out into the daylight. They fall several stories with Robert landing on the creature (thus cushioning his fall) that then writhes in pain from the sun's rays.
  • Robert draws some of his own blood to be used as a lure to capture an infected person for testing. It works and the creature is caught in a huge bag, yanked out and bashed into things, and Robert then strikes it through the bad to knock it out.
  • Robert is suspicious and mad when he discovers that one of his mannequins has been moved. Somewhat losing it, he yells at the dummy and then riddles it and adjacent buildings with gunfire from his automatic weapon. He then approaches the mannequin and ends up stepping into a snare trap that gets him by the ankle and yanks him up into the air, high above the street. We see some blood run down his head from this, and he passes out. Later, the Alpha Male lets several infected and rabid dogs loose on him and his dog. Robert manages to shoot one dead, but another battles his dog Sam, while he has to hold off a third, with his jaws just inches from his neck and head. Sam the dog is badly injured during this, but Robert manages to shoot the other infected dogs dead.
  • Spoiler Alert: Robert tries to save his dog after it's been attacked by infected ones, but when his dog starts to turn, he suffocates the dog to death (in a mercy killing, where we only see his anguished face during the brief struggle, but the scene is quite disturbing, mainly because the dog was his only living companion). We then see the dog's limp body and then Robert burying it.
  • We see what appears to be Robert seated out at the end of a dock at night, meaning he's probably in harm's way. That's especially true when many infected beings slowly sneak up on and then race toward him. But that turns out to be a dummy, and Robert then starts his SUV and drives over and smashes into many of those creatures. During this, his SUV nearly falls off the edge of the dock, but the weight of the creatures piling onto his hood gets his tires back on solid ground and he speeds forward, striking more, as the others try to break through his vehicle. He smashes one back to a light pole and is hit by his airbag, while the weight of many creatures brings the pole down onto the SUV. Others then repeatedly bang into and eventually overturn the vehicle, with the Alpha Male coming in through the window to attack him, but sudden, bright light chases it away.
  • We see a flashback to fighter jets firing missiles into the bridges leading into Manhattan, thus causing them to collapse into the water below (as a means of sealing off the island). Robert then spots a chopper going out of control due to the weight of panicked people holding onto the bottom of it (and then falling off), and it then heads toward the chopper taking his family away (we don't see the impact).
  • Upset about various things, Robert throws his breakfast plate against a wall, prompting Anna (who fixed that breakfast for him) to pull her handgun just in case it's needed.
  • Robert realizes the infected beings previously followed him and Anna back to his place and are now quickly approaching as a mob. He turns on various bright lights to try to deter them, but when that doesn't work, he sets off various explosives that kill many of the creatures and cause all sorts of property damage (to parked cars as well as his own place).
  • Robert discovers that an explosion has damaged his security defense, and an infected being then attacks him inside his place. It bites, strikes and throws him around, and he then stabs a screwdriver into it. The creature then throws him through a banister and Robert hits the far wall and then falls down the steps. The creature then comes at him, but flees when he grabs a gun and opens fire toward it. Spotting a propane tank in another room, Robert shoots that, with the resultant explosion chasing the creature back into his sights, and he opens fire once again, but the creature gets away. Robert then slowly goes up the steps, looking for Anna and her son, and finds them hiding under a desk while an infected creature is above them, trying to tear through the ceiling. He then slowly reaches for a handgun, the creature hears the hiding people below, and Robert shoots the creature just in time.
  • With additional infected humans coming, Robert, Anna and her boy race down into the basement, but the creatures break through the door, prompting the three to take refuge behind a thick, Plexiglas type, floor to ceiling divider. The Alpha Male throws some of his own kind aside as he repeatedly bashes into the glass, progressively shattering it to the point that it's going to fail at any moment.
  • Spoiler Alert: A man sacrifices himself with a hand grenade to save others and kill infected beings that are attacking them. We see the huge explosion.



  • Reviewed December 6, 2007 / Posted December 14, 2007

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