I Am Legend Film Analysis Essay examples

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Jessica Wang
English 106
10 April 2008

Robert Neville is the last normal living man in the world. The all of New York City is in ruins. How long can Robert Neville survive alone with his dog in a world of vampires and how long do you think you can live in this case?
The film, I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It was released on December 14th, 2007. This film is actually the third adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel of the same name from 1954. Smith plays virologist Robert Neville, who lives in New York City in 2012, which is inhabited by animalistic victims of the virus. He is immune to a vicious man-made virus originally created to cure cancer and works to
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The film, I Am Legend, also reminds me of another story I have recently read: Timeline. This is a story about time travel based on the history of the medieval world. In the book, it talks about a team of archaeologists travelling back to the medieval world to save their professor who is trapped there, which also shows the danger of misusing the technology of time travel. This book has almost the same theme as the film I Am Legend, since the teams of people in the book go back to the past by using the time machine but are almost unable to come back to the present world, which can also be a proof to the thesis I want to state.
As the information given by the website of the film, I Am Legend is based on Richard Matheson’s science fiction novel with the same name from 1954, it is a story about the solo survivor of some kind of bacteria in Los Angeles, who also died as a legend in the end. The book is classified and referred to as “the first modern vampire novel” by authorities, and it has been adapted to a feature length film three times. From this book, we can see that, back in 1954, the author had already foreseen the danger of the abuse of technology and wrote the book as a warning to human beings. Though we haven’t suffered from the danger of technology like that in the film yet, but we and the scientists still need to keep an eye on it, or maybe there will come a day when life is the same as it