Movie Review

I Am Legend a.k.a. “I Am Legend: The IMAX Experience,” “Eu Sou a Lenda,” “Io sono leggenda,” “Je suis une légende,” “Soy leyenda,” “Ja sam legenda,” “Ben efsaneyim,” “Jestem legenda,” “Ma olen legend,” “Som legenda,” “Zontanos thrylos”

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence

Reviewed by: David Criswell, Ph.D.
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Primary Audience:
Adults, Teens
Genre:
Sci-Fi Action Thriller Drama Adaptation Remake
Length:
1 hr. 41 min.
Year of Release:
2007
USA Release:
December 14, 2007 (wide)
Copyright, Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright, Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright, Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright, Warner Bros. Pictures
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Relevant Issues
Copyright, Warner Bros. Pictures

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

The Origin of bad—How did bad things come about? Answer

What kind of world would you create? Answer

Featuring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith, Charlie Tahan
Director: Francis Lawrence
Producer: Michael Tadross, David Heyman, Neal H. Moritz
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

“The last man on earth is not alone.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘My name is Robert Neville. I am a survivor living in New York City. If there is anybody out there …anybody. Please. You are not alone.’

Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and maybe the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague—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 he knows he is outnumbered… and quickly running out of time.”

In 1954 Richard Matheson wrote a science fiction novel which posed the question, “what if vampires took over the earth?” In the original story, Robert Neville was the last human being on earth, being stalked by a planet of vampires. This popular story has since been made into a movie four times. “I Am Legend” is the fourth adaptation starring Will Smith of “M.I.B.” and “I, Robot” fame.

This newest version of “I Am Legend” borrows heavily from the Charlton Heston version entitled “The Omega Man” which substituted vampires with mutated victims of a strange virus, but it borrows even more heavily from “28 Days Later” in which a deadly virus creates mutant zombies that writhe and attack without regard for their own safety. In this respect, “I Am Legend” is a radical departure from “The Omega Man” for the chess game between Neville and the leader of the vampire cult is gone, since the vampires of “I Am Legend” have no intellect. In the movie, this new virus effects both the mind and body, making it impossible for them to live in the daylight and becoming violently anti-social.

If Vincent Price’s “Last Man on Earth” was classic B-horror and Charlton Heston’s “Omega Man” was classic sci-fi action, then “I Am Legend” clearly went for a more somber tone. The director went to great lengths to make the viewer feel what is like being the last living man on earth. In this he succeeds, but perhaps too well. We see animals running wild in the deserted streets of New York, and great care is made to give the city not only a deserted look, but a look of antiquity, as if no one had inhabited the city for years. Grass grows up out the cracks in the concrete, Central Park is overrun with trees and animals, and the buildings look dilapidated and unkempt. The problem is that we see Neville plodding through his daily routine for a full hour before anything significant happens.

SPOILERS FOLLOW

Neville is a scientist who was working on a cure for a new virus which turns people into vampire like creatures. That virus was itself created by another scientist who thought she has found a cure for cancer. Soon the virus spread over the entire planet. Only a few people were immune, including Neville. Believing himself the last man on earth he spends his day hunting for vampire conclaves, and kidnapping some to experiment upon while seeking a cure. Eventually, Neville finds that he is not alone. He encounters two other survivors and must fight to save them, and get the cure to other survivors.

Spiritually “I Am Legend” is unique inasmuch as it is one of the few Hollywood movies to present religion in a positive manner. Considering the subject matter this is particularly a pleasant surprise. Even in the background there are posters which may be seen on the walls of some buildings reading, “God still loves us,” and similar messages. In another scene, a woman is seen offering a prayer to God for the protection of her children. More significantly, the female survivor claims that God told her to come to New York and insist that their meeting was no accident (she arrived just in time to save his life). However, Neville becomes angry saying, “There is no God! There is no God!” He further ruminates “God didn’t do this, we did.” She retorts, “God sent me here for a reason” and “if we listen, we can still hear God’s plan.” At a critical point late in the movie, Neville tells her, “I am listening.” Moments later he sacrifices his life to protect her. In this same scene he is seen shouting to the vampires, “I can save you! Let me save you!”

Now the theology is obviously mixed. Neville is a poor Christ figure, although he is presented as such at times, but the message of sacrifice and the sovereignty of God clearly elevates the movie. Having said this, the movie is not for young children. Although the movie surprisingly has no real foul language (although it does have a few exclamations of “God!” and “hell”) there is ample violence. There are bloody faces, terrifying and rather grisly appearances of vampires. The list of violent scene is frankly too lengthy to list here, although the scenes are not as bad other PG-13 films such as the atrocious “Beowulf.” The intensity of the scenes is far too strong for young children, so the reader is once again reminded that PG-13 means that children under 13 should probably not be watching it.

Cinematically, “I Am Legend” works on many levels but suffers from its own brooding pace and the all to popular “shaky camera” technique. This new fad in filmmaking is supposed to make the action scenes look more intense, fast paces, and exciting, but it really just gives the viewer a headache and blurs the scene so you cannot really tell what is going on. Of course, that also hides the fact that most action scenes are completely unrealistic, such as when Neville falls out of the second story of a building and doesn’t get a scratch. Still, the movie is effective overall. It gives a somber feeling of being alone and introduces, albeit mildly, a religious message. The movie itself ends with a church bell tolling, as the cure for the disease is brought into safety.

Remakes are always at a disadvantage because they are inevitably compared to the original. “I Am Legend” at least tries to be its own movie and comparisons the “Last Man on Earth” and “Omega Man” are limited in scope, for each is a very different movie. Standing on its own, “I Am Legend” is a good movie, but it is by no means for all. If you enjoy a somber semi-apocalyptic film with action and violence thrown in for good measure, you may like “I Am Legend.” The spiritual theme is too thin to support the movie on its own. Nevertheless, it certainly works to elevate the film far above the typical zombie apocalypse.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Minor

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer Comments
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Positive
Positive—In going to this movie, I had major reservations not wanting to watch a horror movie, but I was wrong-this movie keenly portrayed the loneliness of man in a once thriving and busy world. I believe this movie does have a lot of spiritual themes running through the entire film. First, on the loneliness of man who has lost faith. And the virus-infected people being symbolic of us (who were once in the darkness) of “sin,” twisting and mutating our desires. We have become disfigured and animal-like when we are enslaved to sin and its desires. The insatiable lust of selfishness marks our path. This is how we once were without Christ! The empty backdrop of NYC is the portrayal of “the world” and all it can offer; after all, it is the capital of hedonism and decadence! (1 Jn. 2:16). Vermont being the picture of “the church”' and its “non-conformity” to “the world” (Rom. 12:1-2). The way the heroine speaks about faith in God stunned me with such alarming clarity-“We can hear God speak to us when it is this silent.”—in referring to her argument with Robert Neville. In the end, the hero, Robert, finally realizes he is wrong about the existence of God and listens and obeys, while saving the life of the young woman and boy. Clearly, this film whether intentionally or not, brings to life the basic questions of who we are and why are we here, and how it concludes is sad yet purposeful and hopeful for the renewal of the earth (Jer. 29:11).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—J. Go, age 30
Positive—This movie is SCARY, but amazing. Other than gore (which contributes to the overall plot of the film), there is nothing remotely offensive. Please go see it and think about it. Especially note the fascinating discourse on God and Robert Neville’s incessant consideration of the mutants as human. A wonderful, beautiful movie with a redemptive end, “I Am Legend” is scary but well worth the adrenaline rush!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Joshua, age 21
Positive—I just got out of an IMAX screening of “I am Legend.” I loved it. As a film student at Columbia, I would say that the filmmaking aspects of the film were great. The message of the film completely surprised me. Looking back on it, I can see it leading up to the ending, but I was not expecting there to be a Christian theme. I don’t want to give anything away, just go see it. I would recommend this film to anyone. It has scary, depressing and uplifting parts. Like what a great movie should do, it gets you, the viewer involved and connected to the characters.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Scott Mohrman, age 22
Positive—“I am Legend” was one of the most clean movies that I have seen in a long time. There was a lot of suspense, action, jump out of your seat type scenes, and intensity but hardly any language and NO sexuality! (something you do not see in the movies nowadays). There was a little violence but nothing like a gore fest… I was VERY impressed with this movie! I would highly recommend this movie to older teens and adults. Will Smith’s acting is brilliant and I just loved the suspense and how raw and intense the acting and the scenery was! There was a part in the movie where Smith began ranting about “there is no God” but considering the circumstances, one must understand his frustration and sheer amount of pain and loneliness. Go see this movie!…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Chrissy, age 23
Positive—I’ve seen the movie twice now and loved it both times. It is an awesome, but scary movie! I loved Will Smith—such a fine actor. I also loved the scenes with his only companion for a lot of the movie, his faithful dog. I’m an animal-lover at heart, and watching what happened with his dog was heart-breaking, to say the least. No foul language and nothing sexual at all in it. Those “things” were extremely scary. The whole movie was just down-right spooky, and extremely sad, but I’m so glad I saw it. It was worth the $7.50 each time!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Beverly, age 37
Positive—It is a great movie that is made to thrill and scare you. Anyone going to this movie not expecting to have their heart race didn’t watch the previews. Will Smith is usually a pretty clean actor and he has his daughter even co-staring in the film with him. I wouldn’t say it’s a young kid, Christmas, family film; but it is a good date night film and if you like the more complex characters in your movies I think this movie really delivers.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Tyler, age 22
Positive—This was a surprisingly great movie. I went with my 14 and 10 year old sons on opening weekend and we each thoroughly enjoyed it. First of all, there was nothing surprising about Will Smith; he is a great actor and could carry almost any movie single-handedly. Its a good thing, too, because as one of the last living people on earth there is not much of a supporting cast. The pace is a little slow, with frequent action-filled flashbacks, but there is nothing that I would cut from the film. Although a re-make, the story was original, and I found it was easy to follow and very interesting.

What I found surprising was the intentional and positive references to Christianity and the Christian life. The main character prays with his wife and daughter before they are evacuated, there are hand-painted signs in the crowd scenes that promote God’s love, and then, near the end of the movie, a young woman and boy tell the main character that God sent them to him and that he is part of God’s plan to save the Earth.

The main character first appears as a man that forsakes God and egotistically insists that it is up to him to find a cure for the plaque. This egotistical attitude leads him to abandon his family and almost miss the opportunity to share his breakthrough anti-virus. In the end however, he sees God’s hand at work and softens enough to demonstrate love at its greatest. I would rate this movie as “Good,” except that there was a small amount of offensive language. I recall no sexuality or nudity. There are some fairly intense action and zombie scenes that are not for everyone. Overall, we give this movie three thumbs up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Steve Sellers, age 47
Positive—I was skeptical at first about this one, but my friend wanted to see it and I hadn’t heard anything negative against it. It is aimed toward teens/adults who like a darker Sci-Fi genre. It reminded me of “Resident Evil,” “28 Days,” and “The Day After Tomorrow” all in one. It is set in 2009, where a woman has manipulated the Measles virus into a cure for Cancer. Three years later, everyone in NYC is either infected with said virus or dead. Robert Neville (Will Smith) seems to be the only survivor. After saving his life, a woman and her son, Ethan, tell Neville (Smith) that they are from Maryland, on their way to Vermont to a survivors settlement. He asks, 'how do you know it’s there?' she replies, 'God told me.'

Obviously thinking she’s crazy, he tells her, “There is NO God!” But in fact things come together in a way that viewers didn’t expect, even me. Things all fall into place as God wanted. I think it couldn’t be better timing being released the week after “The Golden Compass” seeing as that movie was aimed toward the children of non believers, and this movie was aimed toward those non believers themselves. God is great isn’t he. He knows what’s best, ALWAYS.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Sarah Hunt, age 19
Positive—This film is one of the better ones of the year from a quality standpoint as well as a spiritual standpoint. I have seen it twice since yesterday, (when it came out), and I cannot remember any major language if any… the violence is not as bloody, but the 'Dark Seekers'/zombies would be scary to children.

From a spiritual stand point I was very impressed with the somewhat hidden messages in the form of posters saying “God still loves us.” I was very impressed with the way that prayer and listening to God’s voice was represented. Before letting her husband go, Will Smith’s wife grabs him and says a very meaningful prayer about his safety. Later on in the film, a character talks about how things were not coincidence, and that God led her there, and it was part of His plan. She also exhibited faith in knowing that God would provide. And by the end of the film, the main character begins to believe with her, after he was adamant about there being no God. Overall, this will be one of my all time favorite films, and it was definitely refreshing to see some faith based spirituality correctly represented in a major film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—J.T. Bush, age 25
Positive—When I saw the previews I thought 'Hmm, sounds like Omega Man.' The concept of lone man against the mutants because of a world virus is about as close as the movies come to one another. First of all, Will Smith is much more personable in his character than Charlton Heston’s was. Smith provides a multi-layered character, and we pull for him, even there is a question of his sanity at times. The fact that his wife prays with him and their daughter before being physically separated, sets a tone not usually seen in post-apocalyptic movies. God is credited two or three times in the movie, and is refreshingly acknowledged in a credible and convincing way. Language and sex are not factors of concern, but there is plenty of violence, and disturbing images. Two preteen girls waited in the hallway for most of the movie, even the fourteen year old boy I was with hunkered down for some of the jump scenes. The images have an intensity that borders on a horror film. The movie winds down to a predictable ending, yet it is not unsatisfying.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—pd webb, age 50+
Positive—My husband and I just saw this film last night and let me first say that we very rarely go to the theater to see a film. With 3 kids, we usually don’t waste our “date nights” on the chance of a movie being worth the 2 hours of sitting in the dark not communicating. Having said that, this was a better movie than I expected. I didn’t feel as though we had wasted our time and, even better, it sparked a long conversation on the drive home. The movie was very well shot and not at all the usual Will Smith “big man” performance. It was actually a bit more understated than expected and even reflective at times. The “zombies” that hunt at night were more of a side line to the actual premise of the movie which gave it a weird juxtaposition of thoughtful movie and horror movie. Even the “zombies” actions were fodder for conversations about instinct vs. human nature vs. social hierarchy. There is a chilling turn in the movie where you see that these creatures are actually calculating hunters and not just wild animalist beings. There are some references to God later in the movie when Will Smith comes in contact with more survivors, especially one that claims God has lead her to him and is leading her to a survivors colony. Smith’s character denies God’s existence but you can see that he’s clearly running from God instead of denying Him, a man torturing himself over his failures. And, later it appears that he embraces the “signs” of God’s leading. Overall, this was a good movie, one that you will ponder after you walk out of the theater, which is more than I can say for most films.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Amy, age 34
Positive—It’s funny that in this holiday season a dark and mature film is actually using its story to bring in some type of spiritual message, unlike another movie that claims to be a “family film” (The Golden Compass, I’m looking at you). I really enjoyed director’s Francis Lawrence’s rendition of Richard Matheson’s classic tale of isolation.

I myself live in New York City and I completely understood where Robert Neville (played by the always amazing Will Smith) was coming from. It seems that even though Robert was “alone” in the world, he had everything a person could ever dream of at his disposal, and yet, he wasn’t happy. Like so many people in this world, Robert tried to fill that hole of isolation in his heart with materialisim, and even though it did bring him some temporary pleasure, nothing could hide the fact that he could not let go of his past and that he was alone in the world and that God had “forgotten” about him. But as always, God has a plan for everyone and it isn’t long before Robert Neville begins to see the pieces of a greater puzzle. Sure, the character of Robert Neville wasn’t the greatest Christ figure, but he was more of a prophet, a man sent on a mission for God, trying to fix the wrongs of the world. Now the only reason why I’m only pointing out the spiritual side of this film (besides the fact that this movie needs to be seen spoiler-free) is because during the holidays we get so caught up in materialism that we forget the true meaning of this wonderful celebration.

As for the filmmaking quality, I can go on all day about it, but, in general, “I Am Legend” doesn’t break any new ground in the genre, but it has so many good filmmaking qualities about it that it really shouldn’t be missed by fans (provided that you are within the PG-13 age range, because this film can get pretty intense at times). All in all, this film didn’t disappoint me one bit and I found many of the little spiritual nitpicks a surprise in a season when Hollywood just loves to glorify evil.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Nestor A., age 18
Positive—Great movie! Well worth the money. Not offensive, but very intense!!! We see a man struggle from a position of faith, to a position of doubt (after a worldwide tragedy) and back into a position of faith again. Sacrificial love is displayed throughout the movie. “Can anything good come out of” Hollywood? In this case, yes!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Michael, age 39
Positive—…this movie is excellent. The suspense is great. The plot is brilliant and special affects are good, also. I would say this a good film for a Christian to watch because it has very limited bad language no sex scenes and the movie displays self sacrifice for mankind. The only problem I really had with the movie is Will Smith’s character once believes in GOD, but later, because of what’s happening, he believes there is no GOD. It’s unclear in the movie whether he begins to believe in GOD again. Overall, this movie is spectacular—very fun to watch.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Gene Cooks, age 32
Positive—We enjoyed this movie very much, it really kept us at the edge of our seats. I would not recommend this movie for children at all, as the infected humans are frightening looking. There were several times I jumped in my seat, but I am a rather jumpy person when it comes to being surprised. I don’t remember hearing any cuss words at all, overall, it seemed a very clean movie. One message in the movie I liked was to be a light in the darkness. This was said a couple of times. In the beginning of the movie the wife of Will Smith’s character prays with him. Without giving any of the movie away, God is credited with speaking to a person in order to give guidance. I really liked this part, yes, God still speaks to us, His people, to guide us in our lives! Unlike society, which tends to blame God for all the bad that happens in the world, Will’s character states, 'God didn’t make this happen. We did this to ourselves.' The only negative is that I would have liked for the ending to have been expanded a bit.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Carolyn, age 29
Positive—A great film. Although the plot leaves a lot of holes and a lot of questions, it was still a great movie. I took my young boys (11 and 13) to see it, and they loved it. I found hardly any objectionable content. Thinking back, I can’t even remember any objectionable language, and there definitely weren’t any sexual overtones or nudity. THERE DEFINITELY WEREN’T ANY “F-BOMBS” or 'GD’S'… It is suspenseful and there are several “jump out of your seat” moments. The “Seekers of the Dark” are quite scary, so this probably isn’t a movie for younger viewers. Go. Enjoy it. It’s worth the money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Kerry, age 39
Positive—I thought this movie was fabulous. If you think that having some foul language and violence in a movie makes it immoral then please don’t watch this film. …Christian themes in this movie are abundant and unapologetic. There are so many themes of a savior, of man’s fall and not trusting in God, grace, sacrifice, it’s kind of ridiculous. I loved the fact that people actually prayed in the movie. I can’t recall any big Hollywood movie where people actually prayed. Not like some cheesy priest praying, but a real person (nothing against Catholics, just movie depictions are so far off of Catholics), but a real open and honest prayer. My girlfriend and I couldn’t stop discussing how Christian this film is. My only problem with the Christianity in the film is one character seems slightly fanatical about her faith and might make non-Christians have the “There goes the dumb Christian again” which in my opinion is the only thing this film does to harm the faith. I don’t blame that on the film makers, but just a few lines poorly delivered.

On a filmmaking perspective, as an actor, wow. Will Smith, amazing. I probably cried 9 times in this movie, once in the first 5 minutes. I don’t think just because I cry it means the movie is good, but it does mean something. In the intense action scenes I wasn’t scarred ever, but just concerned, and stressed, and desperate, praying that man would live. I even thought he wouldn’t make it at some points, which never happens for me in movies. Awesome film. Highly recommended for those who are mature and can get passed some minor immorality to prove a greater theme. Not for younger kids. Maybe like 14+
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Nick Jackson, age 19
Positive—I loved this movie. It was a bit more thrilling than I usually watch (I nearly had an accident when Neville was looking for his dog in the dark building), but I thought that Will Smith did a marvelous job showing (with his acting) what it might be like in his position. His struggle and development were first class. I also disagree that these zombies were devoid of intellectual ability. I thought we were supposed to notice that, at least the leader, had a hint of an intellect. Otherwise, how would they have mimicked that trap. Also, socially, the zombies seemed to be adapting. Wasn’t it because Neville had taken his girlfriend, that the leader was so enraged? That’s what I thought anyway. I also had no problem with the slowish pace of the first half of the film. I thought it was important for the filmmaker to thoroughly show what life would be like for Neville. I felt his struggle. I’m a pastor of a youngish church, and I’ve been recommending “Legend” to anyone who is old enough (over 13) and who does well with scary stuff.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jeff Miller, age 34
Positive—…I may be incorrect in this (and please correct me if I am), but I don’t remember that f-word being used at all in the film. If it was, it certainly was not used repeatedly. My Youth Pastor and I met about 20 students from our Youth Group who were planning to see this movie, and although we were slightly nervous at first (Will Smith movies do tend to use offensive language), we were both surprised at the overall positive message of the movie. In fact, my YP was able to use the “God didn’t do this” quote in his message the following morning. I don’t recommend this movie for young children, and it’s always best if you’re unsure of taking your family to see it… go see it yourself first and make your own decision based on your comfort level.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jessica, age 26
Positive—Surprising movie. I enjoyed “I am Legend” for the fact it rises above many other zombie type films of its genre. Will Smith does an excellent job in his portrayal of the possibility of being the last man on earth. You do feel his loneliness; his isolation and his incredible bond to the only organic companion left with him. It was refreshing to see a movie that highlighted faith in a positive manner. You see characters praying and Christian symbolism. It was happy to see a character who claimed she heard from God, and was NOT portrayed as psychopath, but someone who DID actually hear from God and believed in his plan and purpose. Will Smith’s character declares “There is no God”; however we see earlier in the film him praying with his wife. His character is portrayed in a way many people may react when they see their family and whole life destroyed. As a Christian, I did not find this offensive, but a genuine portrayal of someone struggling with anger and grasping what has happened. The movies apocalyptic views of New York are something to watch and are a scary view of what would be if something devastating happened to our city. In the end, there are clear redemptive qualities for the character and the story. I would recommend this film on many levels and appreciated its lack of excessive profanity and no nudity or sex scenes, as well as a good story.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Laura Calruso, age 30
Positive—First, I have not seen the originals, so I will be giving this comment from a stand-alone perspective. “Positive” for the positive aspect of God. That alone in this age is not only strange amongst the ilk that seeps from Hollywood, but very welcome, and reminded me of the original “War of the Worlds” essential theme/ending credit.

The slow intro was an excellent backdrop for a darker/more intense story that would follow. The build up of emotion was also very well done, and realistic, including the flashbacks of which I thought were some of Will’s finest moments of acting. The emotional setup was also very well done. I wont give anything away, but there were numerous references to love overcoming, the choice of music played and its subject matter, the many references of praying on billboards and God still loving us, and towards the end of the movie a major injection of God. These were all excellently and very tastefully done.

This is where I think the movie took a wrong turn. Again, there was an immense build up of emotion, love, forgiveness, God, and then at the end… nothing. I certainly did not expect an abrupt ending such as that, and when it was over, I could only think “did they under budget the movie and realize it only towards the end of shooting?” I kept thinking, “is that really the end?”

9/10ths of the movie—5 stars—last 5 minutes… 1 star. I have been writing since about 8 years old, both poetry and stories. In my humble perspective, they could have taken this movie so far… and yet it seemed as though they couldn’t think of anything else and said “alright guys, lets just end it.” On the positive note, I could not remember any foul language, however being around Marines too long may have affected that. The CGI was done pretty well, and again, the acting very convincing. If you’re not the type to bash a movie ending for 2 days and allow it to seep into every conversation you have, then go watch and enjoy. However, if you are like me, be warned. You will be kicking yourself when it’s over.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Darrell Caine Calhoun, age 34
Positive—When I went to see I AM LEGEND, I really did not know what to expect; I was going because my husband wanted to see it. At first I was thinking I did not like it, because of some of the scenes—however, as the movie progressed I began to see the Christian message and how God was portrayed as positive. Actually this movie grew on me—it was a great movie, because it made me think—and as the days have come and gone since I have seen it—I like it more and more—not too many movies do this for me.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Teri Parker, age 49
Positive—This movie was OK… I don’t think it deserves an offensive rating… There was no sex nor did I hear any swearing… I’d have to say this is the cleanest movie I’ve ever seen in a long time!!! As for the violence I wouldn’t say there was a lot of it… I guess to each his own… As for the film it was kind of like watching Cast away all over again. And the ending left little to be desired… I wish they had done more with this film so much more could have been done, but, hey, if you’re looking for good acting and some scares and a clean movie, this is the movie for you!…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Renee D, age 34
Positive—This movie is dark. But it also has an appropriate motto that is repeated throughout the story: Light up the darkness. And that theme gives the story a glimmering light of hope that leaves the viewer satisfied at the end credits. Robert Neville’s one consuming passion is to save the human race from their zombie-ish, evil state. Their “illness,” as Robert calls it, was brought on by their own foolishness and he feels the burden to help them. Several times he tries to reason with them, shouting, 'You are sick! Let me help you!' But they don’t want help. They only want to kill him. In the end Robert Neville gives up his life to ensure that they can have a chance at living as healthy, normal humans once again. His death gives the monsters the cure that they don’t want and certainly don’t know they need.

“I Am Legend” carries within it an uncanny resemblance to another story we Christians know. God is spoken of often and usually with great respect. One woman believes that “He has a plan” and knows for certain that God guides her steps. At first Robert tells her she’s deluded. In the end, however, he admits she was right. Robert prays with his wife and child in a touching flashback, and in the end, the survivors of the ‘plague’ are living in a complex that features a large, white, steepled church in the center. “I Am Legend” may not have tried to be so profound, and has some considerably violent scenes. People are stabbed, injected with needles, shot, attacked by rabid dogs and even blown up. One important character is strangled. As I said at the beginning, it is dark. But the bright glimmer of hope and the motto, ‘light up the darkness’ sets “I Am Legend” completely apart from other films (such as “28 Days Later”) that offer nothing but death and darkness as a resolution.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Willow, age 18
Positive—I saw the previews of this movie and could not wait to see it, I was not disappointed. There have been movies that I have seen that have been hyped up and could not deliver, but this one was true to form. I want to start by saying Will Smith was excellent; he is in most all the movies he makes, but you know a actor is good when they can make you forget for a little while that they are an actor portraying a part, also the story, while an adaptation of the original, was sound and well done. There are only a handful of actors that can carry a movie when they are the only one for the most part in the movie such as Tom Hanks in “Castaway,” and Will Smith is another. Content was another great part of this movie, there was none questionable to me or my wife, even the zombies, while scary, were shall I say tastefully presented. There is a lot more I can say, but let me some it up in this, when I AM LEGEND comes to DVD it will become a part of my collection to enjoy for years to come.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Scott, age 41
Positive—…Yes, there is violence, but so is in the Bible (wars, the Armageddon…). 'God didn’t do this. We did!' - says Neville. I have not seen any mainstream 2007 movie with such a positive message as “I am Legend.” When Anna and Ethan reach the survivor’s colony, church bells are being heard. The survivors did not forget God, and God did not forget them. The salvation comes as a vial of blood. What better secular way than this one to convey a profound Christian message?
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Virgil, age 33, Romania
Positive—Please see this film. This is the first decent big-budget film for adults that has a Christian Worldview since “The Passion…”. If the box office numbers soar, Hollywood will consider more Christian themed films. I hear too many Christians complaining about popular entertainment and how anti-christian it is. This film is a breath of fresh air. They openly discuss God and how God speaks to us. Put your money into this film and send a message to Hollywood—we want more! If the filmmakers ever read this, thank you, thank you, thank you. At last a movie for adults that has a Christian worldview that is not some sappy B-grade “Christian Film” that has no sub-text. You guys have done a great job and I am happy to see your movie on a weekly basis after Church if it will send a message to Hollywood that we want more.…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Simon Hunter, age 38, Australia
Positive—I liked this movie and thought it wasn’t that offensive, it was obvious that there was a Christian belief in this movie. Will Smith’s character prays with his family at the beginning and has the normal struggles with his faith (considering vampires are after him, etc.). I really enjoyed it, and walked away feeling pleased I paid to see this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Kelly Gacsal, age 30, New Zealand
Positive—The only thing I found morally wrong/offensive in this movie was basically the violence/creepy vampire creatures… and yes, there were several instances where Will Smith's character uttered D***… There was no nudity, sexuality, or even improper clothing worn by the women in this film (which is REFRESHING to say the least)… HOWEVER, there is a scene of Smith’s character working out that was a bit for show and could be seen as “sexualized,” which could have TOTALLY been left out with no consequence to the film whatsoever…

I did sense a strong spiritual tone-Will Smith’s character, his wife, and child in this movie prayed together, there was a quote about the disease from Smith’s character 'God didn’t do this, man did' and in the context of the scene, it was a wonderful line! There was also a woman he met who had great faith in the Lord and realistically, in the end, her faith was not in vain! :) So I liked this movie, and highly recommend it, just not to younger viewers.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Angelica, age 23
Positive—I loved this movie! I don’t watch scary movies at all because they are almost always morally offensive. However, while on vacation and at the mercy of those I was staying with I watched this movie and was pleasantly surprised. I didnt find Will Smith as portraying a poor Christ figure at all. What I saw was a man giving his life for God and mankind after coming to the conclusion that he was wrong and that God truley did exist and had sent the woman and her child to take the cure to save mankind. You hardly ever see a mainstream movie where God is the hero.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Lori Bowman, age 41
Positive—I was amazed at the Christian message in this movie. It was astounding to me that a movie that had this strong of a Christian message was even put in theaters. I think all Christians should view this movie. It is an example of how Christianity can be brought into the mainstream world without being preachy. The movie has many positive messages, but even the main storyline contains a real Christian character who is following God’s guidance. The main character realized God’s plan for his life. Underlying all this, is a theological message that includes the power of the blood to save lives and the damage of sin. It reminds me of Frank Peretti’s The Oath. People call it “horror,” but it is very similar to the writings of Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. I wouldn’t call this a horror film at all, and as someone who will not watch anything bloody, trust me on this. More sci-fi because the people have a virus, and it isn’t a slasher movie as horror flicks are. I wouldn’t recommend this movie for children, because some of the scenes are scary and many of the scenes are very intense. I think all Christians should view this movie, it will speak to your heart about Christ, the importance of following Him, the the cure for sin that is in His blood.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Miranda, age 26
Positive—Wow! I expected a lot from this movie and I got more. Unlike most Action/Thriller movies, I Am Legend not only provides many thrills, it provides thought-provoking elements. The zombies were beautifully created and thought-out. It was very interesting how they got super-human powers and I never tired of watching them show it. The film is also relatively clean, considering its apocalyptic/zombie genre. The most violent scene comes when a zombie is attacking Neville in his house at the superb climax. The zombie bites into Neville’s shoulder (similar to Gollum) and throws him around a lot. The language is minor, with only a couple cuss words from Neville. Also, to add to the heap of positives about this film, I Am Legend also has some spiritual content. Near the end, a woman tells Neville that 'It’s easier to hear God’s plan now that it’s quiet. All you have to do is listen' Neville then angrily tells the woman 'Let me tell you about your God’s plan.' He then goes into all the destructive properties of the virus and all the terrible things it’s done. He finishes by dramatically saying 'Everyone that you and I has ever known is DEAD!!!' He quiets down and says, 'There is no God. There is no God.' At the end, just before he is about to sacrifice his life for the same woman, he says humbly, 'I’m listening.' Also, in a flashback, Neville remembers when his wife and son were about to leave New York in an evacuation. Right before they take off, they all bow their heads and Neville’s wife says a prayer for protection. I wouldn’t recommend this film to younger viewers or people who are easily frightened. There are a lot of jumpy scenes. One, in particular is quite frightening, where Neville is searching for his dog who just ran into a dark warehouse type building, a place where zombies lived. Overall, this film is a great watch for people twelve and up who aren’t easily frightened. This was a TERRIFIC film. One of the best this year.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Joseph Hughey, age 14
Neutral
Neutral—…I really was amazed at how realistic the creatures were. However, I can’t say that this was Will Smith's best movie. That honor belongs to “Hitch.” Neither was it as bad as the absolutely dreadful “Wild, Wild West.” My main problem with this film is that the script didn’t find any room for Smith’s signature sense of humor, which seems to have become a staple in his movies. I also didn’t like the fact that Smith’s character flat-out denied the existence of God. Beyond that, there are a lot of scenes that may be too scary for young kids. As for language, I didn’t really hear that much, maybe one or two words at most. As much as I would have liked to give this movie a big thumbs up, as it stands, I can only give it a mild recommendation.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Jared, age 27
Neutral—“I Am Legend” is an intriguing premise about what would be like if you were the last man on Earth but this movie really didn’t keep me entertained and that’s my main beef with it. Regarding the moral questions from a Christian perspective, if you can overlook the fact that this is a post-apocalyptical movie which means the world ends in a manner other than how the Bible says it will, there are only a few things that will make Christians uncomfortable. First, there is some swearing when Smith’s character, Neville, is afraid but it is normal for this type of movie and there was no F-word. Second, at one point Neville appears to contemplate watching a pornographic movie, he doesn’t, and as the scene progresses it’s questionable whether he really thought about it or not. Third, the existence of God is strongly questioned to the point of denial by Neville, but the end of the movie would lead one to believe that there is a God without explicitly saying so.

On the positive side Neville, displays many positive attributes such as self-sacrifice, love and dedication that are in accord with Christianity.

Regarding the quality of the movie, the cool factor that drew me to see it were the previews with the empty streets of New York and seeing Smith smack golf balls off an SR-71 Blackbird and whiles the production value delivers 100% the movie just kind of dragged on for me. The second half of the movie picks up the pace once Neville begins to battle the mutants but it really didn’t sustain my interest the way a movie should. So, if you are on the fence about whether to see this movie or not I’d say don’t bother but wait for it on DVD. However, there will be a lot of people who will really like it and if you think you might be one of them then go for it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—James Taylor, age 37
Neutral—I saw this movie with my 13 year old son last night and it is definitely a look at the psyche of a man who’s been “alone” for a looooong time while he tries to survive day-by-day and night-by-night in a world filled with zombies having vampiric traits (allergic to light). Riddled through the movie are scenes showing Neville (Will Smith) and other characters showing their faith through various means, be it prayer or dialogue. Though this movie is rated PG-13, the somber tone and some of the “rabid” behavior of the zombies made this movie a little more than my son could relate to or enjoy.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Eric G., age 42
Neutral—I was really looking forward to seeing this movie. I enjoy movies with Will Smith and he definitely carried the film all the way, but the ending of the film was a let down. While it did give hope, I felt that the ending could have had more purpose. Throughout the film there were messages of a belief in God and that He was still in control. I also saw the struggle within a person as they are going through situations and doubting God. I would not necessarily recommend this film, but I did find it interesting overall.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Kellie, age 36
Neutral—I took my very mature 12 yr old and 10 year old to see this movie; they loved it. I thought it was just alright. I don’t recommend others do that. The scary images are very much like “The Lord of the Rings” monsters. If your kids have seen that, they would likely be Ok seeing this. I was happy about the minimal cussing. Happy that the lady stands up for God, and that in this film we weren’t bashing the United States military or making them look like complete idiots. However, as far as films go if you have seen great thrillers like “Alien,” I wouldn’t quite put this film up there. The audience was cheering when we left, so maybe I am just getting old. Smile. It is an OK movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Jeri Hawkins, age 35
Neutral—My buddy and I had been anticipating the release of this film for some time. We figured Will Smith to be a great candidate for the lead character as he seems to fill a movie with personality. This would be critical for a film of this nature where most of the film is focusing on someone that is alone. Smith did well, but the movie lacked some punch. It seemed that the day to day blahs were all around. There could have been more effort to show the uniqueness of being the only person in a giant city… go to the finest restaurant for a meal (prepared by yourself) or maybe having a movie theater to yourself (although the dark and the vamps could be an issue there) or maybe a sports complex or something where Smith could have taken advantage of being alone and having the court to himself or something… maybe using a famous person’s locker equipment?? Could have made the overall feel lighter. The first sign I read saying “God still loves us” was a nice sight. Having Bob Marley as the soundtrack was interesting as well. Much of Marley’s work was clearly praise music to God. Smith’s movie child’s name also being “Marley” seem to add to the tone of the movies overall morals. …The story line could have been boosted with more of Smith’s typical humorous ways and even more action vs. the vamps. Overall, 3½ of 5. I did not find the storyline to be offensive but average.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Blaine, age 37
Neutral—What I like about I AM LEGEND (2007):
a) Side effect of a cure
b) Science and religion can coexist dynamically
c) The infected are no longer act like human being

What I didn’t like about it:
d) Flashbacks/non-linear story telling
e) Mannequins
f) Anna and Ethan suddenly appeared
g) Scare-tactics

I have not read the novel by Richard Matheson nor have I seen the other previous adaptations. I can only express my feeling about this could have been a contender version. I admire for the set designer in creating a desolated New York, but the direction and editing is just horrible as in bad. The CGI for the hunt in the beginning was good but the rest is just so, so. Will Smith was fine as Robert Neville, the scientist soldier who is immune to the virus that have plagued the whole world. For three years, he have to survive on his own and living in hopes of finding a cure, using his own blood on animal test subjects, and that one day, another immune person(s) may show up to join him by relaying a radio message.

I like the premise, but the execution is just horrible. Some subplot could have been deleted, like the mannequins, while Anna and Ethan could have been explored more. This should have been a psychological thriller, rather than an action horror.

I believe that with a linear story, from the spread of the virus to the devastation of the world, and then the loneliness of Robert Neville would have been a much more dramatic approach, and truly create a world where we can have a more intimate relationship with him. By flashing back and forth, it was jarring and ineffective, plus the the heightens of the sound effects of door closing and opening repetitively are old and really drove no point to the plot.

The sudden appearance of Anna and the child Ethan, really didn’t explain how they survived this long, and how they knew about a colony of survivors. Where have they been all this time? Did God protected them, because she clearly believed that God have sent her to Robert for a reason?

Much to my dismay, and there are many, however, I did like the concept about science and God, the allusion to the Savior’s blood, and how we can survive in a world of death and disease. Also, the idea that for every cure, there is a side effect just like the warning label on our prescription drugs.

In conclusion, again, I AM LEGEND is good in intention, but lacks in direction.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Mang Yang, age 35
Neutral—As a real “whimp” and a firm believer in not subjecting children to violent images and gruesome movies, I recommend not taking any sensitive person or children under 15 to see it (I was appalled at one reviewer having taken her 10-year-old son!). The human mutants were so frightening on the big-screen and some of the scenes really played on the natural human fear of the dark and being hunted and devoured. The photography and filmmaking quality was good, but the plot was so full of holes it drove me crazy. How did Anna and the boy survive on a ship for so long and escape the mutants? How did such a great number of mutants survive for so long since they had obviously exhausted their food supply (humans and animals). In one scene, Neville was injured and at risk of being attacked during the day by a pair of mutant dogs. The dogs were being held at bay by a surprisingly intelligent mutant human during the day until the shadow had fallen as the sun sank behind the city buildings. Up until that moment, the film had implied that only complete darkness (moonlight was ok) was safe for the mutants, since it was the UV light that was harmful to them (I’m afraid my list goes on)! There are some good qualities to this film, however. Will Smith is ever an excellent actor (both dramatic and comedic), and expertly depicts a sole human’s struggle to maintain in the face of complete loneliness. Also, the lack of moral debachery and obvious pro-God moments were a breath of fresh air in a Hollywood film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Joanna, age 35
Neutral—As soon as the movie started, I saw a flock of digital hooved animals blur the screen, and my first thought was, “here we go again.” The abundance of CGI in movies these days has left a sour taste in my mouth because 9 times out of ten, it looks terrible. Objects in motion just don’t render well; CG scenery, skyscrapers, etc. are okay. I know the computer fx are a means to an end, but in a story like “I am Legend,” it’s not unreasonable to forgo it altogether save the altered shots of NYC buildings and roads. Alas, the filmmakers opted out of the “Silent Hill”/“28 Days Later” approach of using real actors, and we are left with an unconvincing lot of ghouls that look like they stepped off Grendel’s family line and into the wrong picture. The zombies’ acrobatics and nimbleness just go beyond belief, and usually come across as sloppy and rushed. On that note, if you regard their superhuman dexterity and skeletal look, you’ll be reminded of another Will Smith movie. Hmm… only this time the antagonists don’t glow like Rudolph but rather yelled and widened their pie holes much like Brendan Fraser's “Mummy.”

The story is engaging, suspenseful, and for the most part, lacking in ambient music. It seldom resorts to cheap jump scares, and setting the story in a large city like NYC really enhances the feeling of desolation. The movie does well to sustain the tension, but the otherwise quality plot climaxes too soon (spoiler) with the cliché run-in with another human. After this point, the film loses its grain of decency and resorts to sub par storytelling. This movie would have been better off had it had an anti-film third act where Will Smith's character dies alone and leaves the audience derailed.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jacob Keenum, age 21
Neutral—Scary. it really was. very suspenseful with a lot of frightening images. it is also extremely sad and disheartening. but if its a sci-fi/thriller you are looking for then this is a good one. ***SPOILER*** it also portrays a like able christian woman who has a strong belief in God’s power and is proven right in the end. so I liked that. but after gripping my chair most of the movie, I let out a sigh when the credits finally came up!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Maggie, age 18
Neutral—My 12 year old son and I watched this and thought it was a good movie that ended poorly. I was disappointed.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Ken Stepp, age 52
Neutral—I don’t understand what all the hype was about regarding this movie. Sure there were some things that could be related to the believer, however… This movie was neither good nor bad, it just was a neutral movie with a really far fetched storyline. This movie kind of reminded me of signs.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Brian, age 32
Negative
Negative—My husband and I just got done seeing this movie, and it was much more violent than we expected, therefore we did not enjoy the movie at all! Its shock value was extremely high, and it made it very uncomfortable to watch. We will never go to another movie on opening night again until we check this site for other reviews.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Dina Riccardo, age 35
Negative—We really enjoy Will Smith and suspenseful films, but this movie freaked us out. It was just way too scary for us. My 16 year old was a few rows behind us with his friends, and he walked out just 15 minutes into it. Morally, it was okay, no sexuality or bad language.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lisa, age 38, Canada
Negative—I looked forward to seeing this film as I really enjoy Will Smith as an actor. There wasn’t one relationship in this movie that really developed. You see his wife and daughter in the beginning; they are flown away in a helicopter, then he’s alone in the city with the dog. Did all morph into these vampire creatures? The dog gets bit and instantly morphs into a demon like creature. A woman appears with a child, that relationship doesn’t go any where either… Was the child hers? Why did the zombies all of a sudden know where he was? Did they really only find them because they all ventured out that evening? Millions of morphed humans and they were able to survive an evening out??

What’s the deal with the liquid he pours over the steps? Is it bleach? Ammonia? What’s the purpose? Why was he saving the bacon?? Why would it be believable that a human could morph into a vampire like creature??? Too many loose ends with no substantial story line—shallow, uninteresting. I think they keep making this movie over because the concept seems to be an interesting one-unfortunately, the reality of a lone survivor isn’t that interesting, combine it with flesh eating night creatures… Zzzzzzzzzzzz.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Harold Becker, age 45
Negative—Even a good, central performance from the charismatic Will Smith cannot save this film from it’s pretensions. It’s not that it’s bad—it’s just not very good. For one thing, to have one actor for much of the time requires a brisker pace, if the tension isn’t to sag. Yet here we get an agonizingly slow story punctuated by moments of violence and horror. I actually fell asleep during part of it! I just wish some of these directors would employ a film editor to cut out the tedium!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Ken Edwards, age 60, United Kingdom
Comments from young people
Positive—In my opinion, this is the best film of the year. The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat, it is in my opinion basically perfectly made in terms of atmosphere and effects, and it lacks the immorality that is so blatant in most of entertainment today. The only content which proved offensive were a couple (that I remember, two) instances of blasphemy. The language is very mild, the violence is not so over-the-top-gory (in fact, there is very little blood) that it looks foolish, and there is no sex. I highly recommend this film from both a Christian and entertainment perspective.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Will, age 17
Positive—This movie was incredibly well made. Not only were the graphics and acting excellent but the plot was thought provoking and touching. I’ve read the novel by Richard Matheson and that blew me away, but the movie, in my opinion, was even better. Everything about this film was great. The only thing that would bother some viewers is the graphic violence, but that is necessary to demonstrate the world that the main character is living in.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Kay, age 16
Positive—This movie was excellent! Will Smith performed very well, the best I’ve ever seen from him. There are some scary parts in this movie but it also had some comedy to it. There was only one cuss word in it and they prayed and he also excepted Christ. If you like suspense, then go see this movie. If you don’t go and see it, you’ll really regret it! I give this movie an A+ + + !
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sara Kennedy, age 15
Positive—Wow, this movie blew me away! The movie is extremely raw, basically about a guy who has a natural immunity to a virus he helped create; it broke out, and everyone he ever knew is dead, but he must deal with the infected monsters while simultaneously trying to find a cure, and an especially heartbreaking scene between Neville and his dog, but I’m not gonna ruin that. It didn’t have any cussing from what I heard, but it did have a good bit of violence in it. Don’t take anyone under the age of 13 to see this, oh and Emma Thompson had a nice cameo at the beginning.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Brendan Hardy, age 16
Positive—This movie was very cool. I have always been a fan of Will Smith and loved his movies, I think it was very well made. If you love suspense, go see this movie, but if not, don’t. It keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the movie, and there are some unexpected twists. Will at one point says there is no God, but a woman insists that she was told to go to New York by God. There is minimal swearing and no sex or nudity, a lot of violence, but nothing over the top. I would give this movie an “A.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Robbie, age 15
Positive—Great movie, I saw it twice on opening weekend, some of the more intense scenes may be too much for younger kids (I mean younger than me). On a filmmakers level, the production value is ludicrously high, which in Hollywood, and on the silver screen, is not a bad thing (duh). There were some really clever parts, like when the dogs couldn’t cross the line of sunlight, so that gave Robert some time to get over to his car and get his gun. But replying to the comment of the non-viewer (warning: SPOILER) Tobert at the end of the movie kills himself to save someone else, so that kind of poses the question in my mind, is sacrifice the same as suicide? It might matter what your intentions are, if it’s purely out of love, then it’s fine, but if your depressed (or a masochist), then I think it’s suicide.

But overall: Great movie! Thought-provoking and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Me and my friends after every thing looked at each other in a can-you-believe—what-just-happened kind of way, awesome! But if you have kids, or don’t want to see trash, then skip the previews. I had to sit through them twice.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Josh Sullivan, age 13
Positive—Wow! this movie was amazing! VERY refreshing! awesome plot, GREAT actor (I love Will Smith), and a surprisingly Christian subplot. I was surprised that I could actually find a movie with NO sexual content. Will Smith was ah-mazing at portraying supposedly the only man left on Earth. I would recommend this movie to anyone over the age of 10. A must see for all Christian viewers!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Danielle, age 12
Positive—This movie is the best of the year. I would honestly recommend it to anyone over 13. I love that it went against the Hollywood norm for scary/horror films. There was no sexuality (innuendos, touching, kissing, etc.), no dismissal of God(they embraced it and used it primely in the plot), and no useless violence or blood. The violent scenes I felt were needed to show us the characters experience. It added to the movie/plot. The movie making was superb. I loved the way it was filmed and how it seemed to draw me in to this world.

Will Smith(as always) delivered. It’s so nice to see an actor keep moving ahead and not slack off after they have some great movies (“I, Robot” and “The Pursuit of Happyness”). For many actors/actresses horror/scary films are like the pit stop. There’s always overacting but in this Smith was great. I cried, I laughed and I questioned his sanity all in one sitting. Go see it. It’s worth full ticket price, and you won’t be disappointed.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sharice Hall, age 16
Positive—This was a really good movie, in a moral and enjoyment sense. This is a great suspense movie that has a God message behind the script (watch carefully and you will see it, it’s pretty obvious). I was not disappointed with this movie, and you won’t be either, if you like a good scary, suspenseful movie. Will Smith was great, and kept my attention the whole time. I agree with most people, little kids should not see this. I do recommend this to anybody who likes Will Smith or freaky movies.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Rachael Smith, age 14
Positive—I was eager to see this film because it looked like a good thriller. Me and my father (who is a pastor) decided to go see it one Friday, though he was a little skeptical about how it would turn out. He was afraid that it would be something like the film “Silent Hill.” Fortunately, he was wrong. “I Am Legend” was all I hoped it would be. It kept you on the edge of your seat and I thought it kept the pace for a movie that focused only on one man that lived in New York City by himself. A few parts were a bit shaky, but overall, it was all right in filming I think.

Will Smith did an excellent job and you could feel his emotion just oozing off of the screen. His dog was absolutely adorable and the mutated humans were creepy enough, but not too bloody or disturbing. You really could understand why Neville was so intent on trying to save them. I was glad about the lack of language there was. There wasn’t too much violence either, and the message came across so clearly that the Light will always overcome the Darkness. Yes, it’s not a movie for kids, but it was really enjoyable. Me and my dad both really loved it!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Kiley Strangman, age 17
Positive—I think “I Am Legend” was a great movie for it’s genre, I mean when was the last modern zombie/vampire movie that has no nudity, cussing or any of the big sins that Hollywood puts in there movies lately. It had a more than slight fog of God in it, with the signs that say God still loves us, and the lady who says that god sent her and every thing. There was some violence, and scary images, but that is why It’s rated PG-13 so if your not expecting that your crazy. So I thought It was a very well rounded movie, the acting was good, the lighting, camera work was all good, so I rate it in my top 3 movies.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Tylor, age 14
Positive—This was a wonderful film. Although not noted as being Christian, it has faith put strongly out in the open. I’m proud of the writers, actors, and all participating in the making of this film, for stepping out and putting GOD in it! It is NOT a children’s film, it is an edge-of-your seat thriller meant for excitement, and crying. I HIGHLY recommend this film for teenagers without a sickly stomach, and for adults of all ages.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jennifer, age 15
Positive—I think that people seeing this movie will be forced to question their faith. The movie doesn’t represent God in a bad way… it keeps a spiritual tone throughout the movie. The main character, Robert Neville, values human life. Even though the people who were struck with the virus had essentially become animalistic, he still insists they are human. He refuses to abandon them, assured that he can save them. And in the end he does sacrifice himself to save them. However, I don’t think this is necessarily meant to be a direct parallel to Christ. There is some gore and violence. It’s a very suspenseful film and anyone under 13 shouldn’t see it. But I would recommend it to anyone. It is an excellent film, and well worth the price of a ticket. Will Smith is amazing as always. Not many actors could handle a role where they were chiefly alone. Many times horror movies can put a dent into a career, but Smith is a mature enough actor to handle it. You can literally feel his loneliness and emotions, and it will make you cry.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Teresa, age 14
Positive—I greatly enjoyed I Am Legend, in fact I could go as far to say that this is the best movie I have seen in a notable amount of time. It was very suspenseful, but not over the top. I also really enjoyed the psychological aspect of believing you are the last person on earth. I didn’t find anything in this movie offensive at all, since I was actually expecting more violence than there was. All though it is a good thing that my parents didn’t take my younger sister with us, because the “mutants” definitely would have scared her. All together this movie was very well put together, and Will Smith did an awesome job in his role.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Trent S, age 15
Positive—…I LOVE scary movies. Although I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t as much as a horror movie I thought it would be, I LOVED IT!!!… The zombies were AMAZING! The movie making quality was awesome. Will Smith is my favorite actor and he was GREAT in this movie!! Will himself only swore (D-word) twice, and Shrek said the A-word when “Shrek” was playing on his TV. I didn’t like how it ended though. Oh well. The great beginning and amazing middle make up for the end. There were no sexual references. A review said that there were “naked lady” pictures on the wall. I could tell where it was in the movie, but the camera moves so fast you can’t even see anything. Don’t go to this movie and expect an all horror movie like I did. It’s a mixture of horror and heart wrenching, not for the weak stomach. All in all, I give it a 100,000/10.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Carli, age 12
Neutral—This movie was very good throughout, BUT I thought the ending left much to be desired. If you saw the end, I think you will agree (I don’t want to go into details). I thought it was pretty interesting how it was very scary, but still had a good story—contrary to normal scary movies. Also, it was pretty weird how most of the time when it gets all quite and it looks like they stopped attacking him or whatever, you can tell you’re about to get scared. …I also cried a little when the dog died… On christian basis: The movie wasn’t like “Go to God and repent! You will be made new!, but there was no…. Which was a big + in my opinion. There was cussing, and there was some VERY intense scenes so DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, bring a child under 11 unless they are really mature and you think they can handle pretty scary scenes. But, you know that’s why it’s rated PG-13.…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Brandon Paul, age 12
Positive—I saw this movie with my dad and 7 year old brother a few days ago. I really liked it; the acting was great (Will Smith was amazing!), and it gives a very real outlook on the end of the world. The movie also showed Christianity in a good way, prayer was pictured as a good thing. However, like any movie it had a few problems. My little brother walked out scared in a short time. I heard one bad word, too. The God still loves us sign was nice to see, and if you like thrills, then this is a good movie to watch.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Ashley, age 12
Neutral—I found this film to be at times too dull, dwelling too much on how the last man on earth survives the cheesy zombie hoard. And did I mention cheesy zombie hoard? I personally would rather watch men run around in prosthetics then see little CGI computer characters… But I was able to get past these things and enjoy this entertaining film. While there are others out there that I would recommend 100 times over this (SWEENEY TODD), I would still recommend picking this one up once it is available on DVD; it is worth watching, just could have been better.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Joshua, age 14
Negative—I saw this movie with my friends expecting to see a thriller/action film and what we got was completely different. It wasn’t an interesting film to me and was just really sad and depressing… The action was almost non existing, and, yes, it was scary, even to my friends who watched a lot of horror films (before converting). Also, the whole “There is no god” scene really angered me. I say save your money and go see a better movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jesse, age 15
Positive—This was a great movie with a lot of suspense and action. I went to see this with my friend who was 12 at the time, and he and I didn’t have any problems with it biblically. But! Some parts may be too frightening for anyone who is not a pre-teen, meaning under the age of twelve. This movie was not only clean, but some parts mentioned God’s named being honored. Speaking of which, the language was not a problem. I won’t give you too much info, but one lady tells the main character(Will Smith) that God will save us. Of course, the main character doesn’t take it that God is real, but more towards the end of the movie I recall him… say to God “I’m starting to listen.” Overall, this movie was a good clean film with a few good aspects to it. I recommend for only the pre teen and older crowd.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Zac P., age 13
Neutral—This is the best movie I have ever seen, but if you have any kids 13 and under DO NOT TAKE THEM TO SEE THIS MOVIE.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Joe, age 14
Positive—It was a good movie, besides Will Smith is my favorite actor. Their are intense scenes in that movie with humans that have a type of cancer that turns them into monsters, they attack a whole lot!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Samba Zon, age 15
Positive—I went into this movie thinking that it would be really scary, but it was surprisingly not so. Not many jump scenes, although I found that the zombies were a bit disturbing. I am not one who watches horror films, and this one I would say is more science fiction than anything else. I won’t spoil the ending for anyone, but I will say that this movie is pro-God and that the main character, while struggling on his own, does believe that God exists in the end even though throughout the rest of the film he does not. Great movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Joel Dugard, age 15
Positive—A VERY good movie. What turned me on to it the mos twas me and my mom seeing the trailer on TV. We knew we just HAD to see it. And then when it came out, my uncle (very strong Christian, like the rest of my family) went to the theaters to see it. His opinions on it? EXTREMELY good. he said there were many connections to Christianity, and it was in-favor of a REAL God. Which is rather surprising, seeing as how Hollywood tends to reject even a near-reference to God… He also told my mom that the book was one of the most disgusting and vulgar things he’d ever known. He started reading the beginning of the book before seeing the movie, and it wasn’t long before he took it back to the library. Let me tell you, this is the best version of Matheson’s book there is. I recommend it to ALL Christians, because it is an exciting, somewhat-scary movie (In my opinion) and has a great plot and story. I loved it, as well as everyone in my family who’s seen it. The only minus to it is the… unexpected ending, and shortness of the film. But you get used to it, and see that it all fits together very nicely, and that the ending is definitely a great one. Another thing that promotes God, is that not only is Robert Neville’s family Christian, but they even pray in the movie! Yes, it is a sad movie, but, LIFE is sad. Get over it. This is a great movie! Don’t let the small things in this movie ruin it for you, when in-reality, it’s one of the more pro-Christian movies currently out there.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jake Wolfe, age 13
Positive—This movie was a good scary movie and caused me too tremble. I believe that Will Smith is awesome actor and the music was a good part of the plot. The thing that was weird was when Will talked to the manaquins and him almost aking one of them out. This movie would not be good for nine year olds and under. This movie was very good.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jerah Ward, age 15
Positive—I have been trying to find scary that aren’t too gross and this one worked real well. It made me and my mom jump a lot. NOT for people who scare easily. The mutated humans are pretty gross. A lot of people have complained about the fact that Will Smiths character completly denies the existence of God, but they seem to forget that at the end of the movie it turns out that the lady was right and there was a survivor colony.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Thursday, age 16
Positive—This movie was very repetative but also very good. Will Smith is awsome as usual and his character is one to mention.

The story was confusing at some points but still a good movie.

The thing that affected me the most was the fact that he was all alone…

There are a couple of good jump seens but the ending could have been more elaborate, that, in my opinion would make it better

Kids under 12, not a good idea.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Drew, age 15
Positive—This movie has to be the best I’ve seen ever. The suspence was great, the filming was great, the plot was great, the action was great, and of course Will Smith was great. As far as offences go I caught only mild language. There is absolutely no sex or nudity, the scaryness can get a little freaky but this is a move that I WOULD recomend to anyone over 10. I saw no blood or gore. I thought that the refrences to Christianity were good. We see a woman praying with her daughter, a woman saves Smiths life, and says that it was God that placed her there at that time, Smith does shout, “There is no God!” but later on admits to realizing his mistake. The scene where Smith sacrifices himself was good, the mutants wanted him, not the woman and child so he sacrifices himself knowing that if he were to hide with the lady they would come and get them, he sacrifices himself to save them. This is an awsome movie I would recomend to everyone
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ian Moss, age 14
Negative—I was crying after the first ten minutes! After I bloody, vampire-like face bashes into the window of this family’s car, That was it. I was jumpy from the beginning, so that last scene was too much. My spirit throbbed the whole time I was watching it, which obviously wasn’t very long. It felt super demonic. It wasn’t even that the themes were super scary, it was just creepy and gross to my soul. I don’t want to see anything that makes me feel that way. I now realize why this movie is PG-13 and I wish I never saw it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Devon, age 12
Positive—This is a great movie. I loved it! The story was very Christian, as *SPOILERS* God seemed to rescue Robert through Anna, and she was a Christian. However, I did not like the ending. Whoever sees this film MUST watch the alternative ending, where Robert turns to God in the end. *SPOILERS END* The vampires looked very realistic, but the other special effects were sadly very poor. The film was well made besides that. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes slightly scary action movies.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Chelsie W., age 14
Comments from non-viewers
…I have read the original book by Richard Matheson… What the reviewer said about the film lacking the chess scene from “Omega Man,” that is because that never happened in the book. …The vampires, unlike in “Omega Man,” aren’t smart and don’t have high thinking capabilities, which is why a chess scene would make no sense (and why they never think to burn down his house). I am actually glad to hear that the movie’s ending is different from the book’s, mainly because, the book’s was REALLY bad. The main character commits suicide after the mutated vampires form a society and decide to kill him.…
—Steve, age 15
Neutral—This movie is a very good movie except for the part when he said there is no God. The action parts and the part when he prayed were the best. By my opinion I don’t think violence is all that bad but when it comes to sex, nudity, and thing like evil spirits really turn me off. Profanity is average, but people are just crude—just don’t mimic people like that.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Samuel Medina, age 10