This was actually the third time it had been made into a movie. I think its just a collection of short stories with the headliner being the most famous. At the end of the novel, neville finally sees things from his enemies point of view. As the final lethargy engulfs him, he thinks, i am legend. Theres lessons to be learned about mob behavior and respect for minorities. You may have a collection of stories that happens to include i am legend. All these books, he thought, the residue of a planets intellect, the scrapings of futile minds, the leftovers, the potpourri of artifacts that had no power to save men from perishing. It was influential in the development of the zombievampire genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. Living alone in new york city, robert neville smith, a former lieutenant and us army virologist, tasks himself with finding a cure to the plague. Ending spoiler for i am legend 2007, plus mistakes, quotes, trivia and more. So i just finished i am legend by richard matheson. Advertisement autoplay when autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically. Oct 30, 2007 i am legend is very short, not novel length, only 159 pages long, out of the 312 pages in the book.
He then realizes that his attempts to cure the monsters looked less like medical. In fact, the movie went through massive reshoots before finally being. This man, our protagonist in both the book and film, is robert neville. The significance of the title of the film, i am legend, is obvious. He stalks the earth during the day and kills the vampires as they sleep. He relieves her of the cure and returns her to the hemocytes. Spoilers its not a bad movie, and it does have a certain charm. Sep 06, 2012 last night i finished reading i am legend. Dec, 2007 the opening scenes of i am legend have special effects so good that they just about compensate for some later special effects that are dicey.
The character has the same name in both the book and the movie. Instead of blowing himself and the hemocytes up with a grenade, neville discovers that the hemocytes actually came for the female he captured earlier in the movie. As i am legend begins, in january, 1976, earth has been ravaged, first by nuclear war, then by a mysterious plague that transforms its victims into vampires. The rest of the book is a collection of short horror stories and not very good ones either. Robert neville will smith is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and manmade. I am legend is brilliant commentary and society and human relationships and, really, the very definition of humanity. I watched i am legend and was somewhat disappointed with the whole thing, however having watched this ending gives the movie a much greater impact and i know i would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if i had watched it this way. Alternate i am legend ending is far superior screen rant.
The story stops annoyingly suddenly, as if the rest of it has been missed off. It was also an inspiration behind night of the living dead. The streets are overgrown with weeds, cars are abandoned, the infrastructure is beginning to collapse. Legend is told from the firstperson perspective of two main charactersday and juneand the chapters switch back and forth between them. We only get their point of view from their voice in each chapter. Dec 20, 2007 the ending in the book is completly diffrent the movie because they are diffrent stories. With that in mind, what some feel is a confusing ending becomes far more clear when you understand nevilles personal journey. I am legend is a novel by richard matheson in which robert neville struggles to survive as the sole remaining human in a world overrun by vampires robert neville is the only. Hollywood really wanted to make i am legend 2, starring will smith. I am legend isnt particularly long either, hardly even novel length. I am legend is a dystopian story very loosely based upon a book of the same name. Robert neville is an average, casually but not completely racist white american. I assume you are referring to the 2007 film starring will smith and the controversial original ending special feature on the dvd release. At one point in the movie when will smiths character took the lead zombies mate away from them, the zombie reacted with extreme rage, indicating that.
But i went into reading i am legend knowing the ending, knowing the twist. Smith does a great job as robert neville, the protagonist, and despite some completely unnecessary cgi characters that looked old after a couple of years, its quite a pretty and w. In the original i am legend ending, robert neville discovers that he had captured the significant other of one of the vampires leaders. All the completely insane ideas hollywood dreamed up for i am. This study guide consists of approximately 45 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of i am legend. The opposite is true, actually, because i am legend is mathesons condemnation of a white power structure that facilitated racial subjugation in america in the first place.
The ending to the alternate theatrical version varies from the original ending. This alternate ending to i am legend is imho far superior to the abrupt version in the theatrical release, and fits in better with something that happens in the film about midway through. Furthermore, the final line suggests that human societyof which neville was the last representativeis now fading into the past. Francis lawrences i am legend is a 2007 sciencefiction thrillerdrama starring will smith as the lone survivor of a devastating virus that has wiped out 90% of the population of humanity. After their deaths, the worlds human beings rise from the grave and become vampires. Mar 05, 2008 there have been rumors that the ending to i am legend wasnt the only way theyd planned for the movie to turn out. It would not have been just another exterminate the evil monsters movie but something with substance. There have been rumors that the ending to i am legend wasnt the only way theyd planned for the movie to turn out. The year is 1976one year after a deadly plague sweeps the world, killing virtually all human beings. Its a full, polished ending, with complete special effects intact, so im assuming it was ripped from the special features on the imminent dvd. What did the healing zombie in the basement have to do with it.
I am legend 2007 the basics hopefully all of you know the basic story behind i am legend. Through his perspective, i am legend is a story of hope wrapped in a layer of postapocalyptic turmoil with religious overtones. I am legend read online free from your pc or mobile. We see manhattan three years after a deadly virus has killed every healthy human on the island, except one. Right, i just saw i am legend, and dont get the end. This has made him a mythical figure much like the vampires themselves once were. Yesterday, some intrepid soul posted an alternate i am legend ending to youtube.
All the completely insane ideas hollywood dreamed up for i. Choose from 500 different sets of am legend book flashcards on quizlet. The novel was a success and was adapted into the films the last man on earth, the omega man, and i am legend. I though the book was effectively i am legend and other short stories by richard matheeson. Thus, in the final line of the book which also serves as the books title, neville accepts that he is a monster. The first time was in 1964 with the last man on earth featuring vincent price, and then in 1971 with the omega man with charlton heston. I am legend is a 1954 postapocalyptic horror novel by american writer richard matheson. I am legend summary from litcharts the creators of sparknotes. Nov 19, 2012 i am legend ending explained duration.
Film column i did on the source material and the four films loosely inspired by it. Throughout the novel, hes operated under the assumption that humans are right and vampires are wrongand, therefore, that hes morally justified in killing vampires in. Thankfully, this ending was included in the i am legend dvd. I am legend is a 1954 postapocalyptic horror novel by american writer richard matheson that was influential in the modern development of zombie and vampire literature and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. Blogger adam katz sent me the link because of the book vs. Years ago, you see, my husband had wanted to talk about the book, probably when the most recent adaptation to movie form had come out, and i am well known for not reading horror, so it wasnt an unreasonable assumption that i would never read this. Differences between i am legend book vs movie page 1. I picked it up mostly because i read about the alternate ending of the will smith movie, which some criticized for not following the spirit of the book.
He stood there for a moment looking around the silent room, shaking his head slowly. I am legends biggest change from the book broke the movie. Fortunately, this never happened but producer and writer akiva goldsman was happy to. It turns out those changed into vampirelike creatures by the plague have formed their own society and are still mostly intelligent, and view neville as a monster, a kind of boogeyman they fear and loathe due to his killing of their species. I am legend was released on december 14, 2007, in the united states and canada, and opened to the largest ever box office not adjusted for inflation for a nonchristmas film released in the u. Learn am legend book with free interactive flashcards. Arguably, none of these films faithfully adapted the novel even in i am legend 2007, which was the only film to use the novels name, the vampires looked more like computergenerated zombies so it would be interesting to see a film make such an attempt. I am legend alternate ending behind the scenes warner. In the book nevellie is given pills so he doesnt feel pain when executed by the infected who are fighting the infection to understand more go to read the plot and it will explain the whole book. At the end of the story, he realizes that, as the only human left in a world of vampires, he is now the monster. They actually shot an ending similar to this for will smiths version but the hollywood big wigs decided after a test screening that audiences wouldnt like this. The alternate ending to i am legend where they respect him and growl at him in an acknowledging way is odd and feels out of place.1555 161 154 1562 1594 443 416 91 1539 1520 382 1536 148 996 444 299 1433 1083 1318 1164 825 1539 1191 1290 1354 860 1251 1197 888 508 141 889 864 1358 182