The Last Man On Earth...Is Not Alone
Lt. Col. Robert Neville has been living in New York City for the last 3 years with only one companion, his dog Samantha. Almost 4 years ago a deadly virus mutated and went airborne infecting 90% of the world's population, turning them into bloody thirsty creatures with almost no human personality qualities. Any remaining survivors were killed off by the "Darkseekers" during the nights when they would ravage the earth. Neville's only hope for survival is the cure he's been working on, with little success, in hopes to reverse the disease and save humanity.
Now before i begin my review for this film i have to be honest and say i really only saw this film to complain about it. I was such a fan of the book and judging soley from the trailers i formed the opinion that they were going to tarnish the novel completely. The brief synopsis of the plot from the book is the character is living alone in a world of Vampires (not people infected with a virus). During the day he hunts the vampires and at night he boards himself up in his house. Now there is alot more to the story than that but i suggest you read the book and enjoy it for yourself.
Onto the film. Going into this with an annoyed frame of mine i couldn't set my expectations any lower. So with that perspective going in, i was actually quite impressed with the film. Had this been called anything else and not considered an adaptation of the book, i probably would give this film an outstanding review. Will Smith had the task of taking on a role where he alone had to carry a film. At the same time, however, the director gave him just enough alone time for it to really work. Had the film not been full of flashbacks Smith may not have been able to support the film on his own. I, expected, a typical Will Smith performance but he stood his ground with a solid character and made me eat my shoe.
The creatures from the film were one of two large downfalls for this movie. It was quite clear that they were majority CG instead of going a more realistic route and just using makeup. I think they would have been more effective had they looked like something similar to the mutants in The Hills Have Eyes remake or even something as simple as the "infected" in 28 Days Later. The more realistic something looks the better. I can't complain more when i see something i should be seeing on my Xbox in a movie.
The other complaint, which is my biggest, is the death of the dog. By now everyone knows that his dog dies and it is an incredibly sad scene but is nowhere near as powerful as the scene in the book. In the book instead of the dog already being his pet, he spends a great deal of time to coax the animal into being his friend only to have it die about 10 pages later. When i completed that chapter of the book i had to put it down for a few days because the entire scene was so incredibly heartwrenching i had to take a breather.
Lastly the ending was changed from the book but i wasn't upset with the change. I felt that the ending they used for the film was justifiable for the plot was unraveling for this version of the story. I know alot of the diehard fans of the book and even the original film with Vincent Price, are having seizures of rage over the ending but i'm not one of those guys.
Overall, i give the film a B-. I would be more into the film had it not been based off the of the book. I think even changing the title of the film would have made me appreciate it alot more. Will Smith gave a great solo performance. A few details were not so pleasant to watch on screen but can be forgiven with the story, cinematrophy, and acting. If you enjoy the film, please read the book. You will be blown away, for i say its one of the top 10 Vampire novels of all time.