(USA, 2007, 97 minutes)
After New York has fallen prey to a deadly mutant virus that wiped out its population, an immune scientist still looking for a cure is its only daytime inhabitant. Downbeat sci-fi actioner based on a classic novel twice filmed previously as The Last Man on Earth (Sidney Salkow, 1964) and The Omega Man (Boris Sagal, 1971); enormously helped by extraordinary trick effects and a solid lead performance, this version is unable to sustain the eerieness it achieves in its first half, but as unusually thoughtful Hollywood entertainment it's hard to beat.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Weed Road Pictures/Overbrook Entertainment production. Starring Will Smith; Alice Braga, Dash Mihok. Directed by Francis Lawrence; produced by Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, David Heyman, Neal Moritz; screenplay by Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman, based on the screenplay by John William and Joyce H. Corrington, The Omega Man, and on the novel by Richard Matheson, I Am Legend; music by James Newton Howard; director of photography (Technicolor, Panavision), Andrew Lesnie; production designer, Naomi Shohan; costume designer, Michael Kaplan; film editor, Wayne Wahrman; visual effects supervisor, Janek Sirrs; creatures designed by Patrick Tatopoulos.