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I am Legend Alterate Ending
Topic by: EmpressStephanie
Posted: March 23, 2008 - 5:23 PM PDT
Last Reply: March 25, 2008 - 6:10 PM PDT

author topic: I am Legend Alterate Ending
EmpressStephanie
post #1  on March 23, 2008 - 5:23 PM PDT  
Has anyone seen it? Don't spoil it for me but I was wondering you anyone liked it. I heard it was awesome. Does anyone know which version of the DVD has it. (Love Will Smith, Love Post-Apocalyptic movies ; P)
ScottWeinberg
post #2  on March 24, 2008 - 2:44 AM PDT  
Not surprisingly, the better ending is the one they tossed out for the theatrical release. Sad. I'm so tired of ambiguity being treated like a disease. I WANT an ending that leaves something to talk about!
EmpressStephanie
post #3  on March 24, 2008 - 12:18 PM PDT  
I like intelligent ambiguous endings but the problem is when you get an ambiguous cop-out ending*.

*See Sopranos, final episode.
underdog
post #4  on March 24, 2008 - 3:44 PM PDT  
Funny you should bring this up.

Because I -- well, read my review of I Am Legend, as I bring up the question of the two endings.

EmpressStephanie
post #5  on March 25, 2008 - 9:52 AM PDT  
> On March 24, 2008 - 3:44 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Funny you should bring this up.
>
> Because I -- well, read my review of I Am Legend, as I bring up the question of the two endings.
>
>
> ---------------------------------

You know, I was expecting the movie to deal more with the family aspect of the zombie/vampire things that you mentioned. I haven't read the original story (although I did pick it up and will soon) but from my understanding what's supposed to be horrific and ironic is that he is this horrible predator boogeyman type to them, like they are to humans. I was disappointed that the movie left that out. It would have given the film a "whoa, dude, that's deep, man" effect.
underdog
post #6  on March 25, 2008 - 4:07 PM PDT  
> On March 25, 2008 - 9:52 AM PDT EmpressStephanie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On March 24, 2008 - 3:44 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Funny you should bring this up.
> >
> > Because I -- well, read my review of I Am Legend, as I bring up the question of the two endings.
> >
> >
> > ---------------------------------
>
> You know, I was expecting the movie to deal more with the family aspect of the zombie/vampire things that you mentioned. I haven't read the original story (although I did pick it up and will soon) but from my understanding what's supposed to be horrific and ironic is that he is this horrible predator boogeyman type to them, like they are to humans. I was disappointed that the movie left that out. It would have given the film a "whoa, dude, that's deep, man" effect.
> ---------------------------------

Yeah, exactly. You know, the more I think about it the more I feel like they lazed out on that aspect. The shadow people were cool character designs but you don't feel much empathy for them. They sort of hint at it near the end, when they come back for their "friend" but it's really thin. I think it was Roger Ebert who mentioned this in his review and said it seemed surprising that Will Smith's Neville couldn't have predicted that the leader may have wanted his "girlfriend" back, which is a fair point, but I hardly got that there was such a romantic connection.

It's funny because in many ways it's more faithful to the book than The Omega Man, but the latter is still a bit more interesting to me.
EmpressStephanie
post #7  on March 25, 2008 - 6:10 PM PDT  
> On March 25, 2008 - 4:07 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On March 25, 2008 - 9:52 AM PDT EmpressStephanie wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On March 24, 2008 - 3:44 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > Funny you should bring this up.
> > >
> > > Because I -- well, read my review of I Am Legend, as I bring up the question of the two endings.
> > >
> > >
> > > ---------------------------------
> >
> > You know, I was expecting the movie to deal more with the family aspect of the zombie/vampire things that you mentioned. I haven't read the original story (although I did pick it up and will soon) but from my understanding what's supposed to be horrific and ironic is that he is this horrible predator boogeyman type to them, like they are to humans. I was disappointed that the movie left that out. It would have given the film a "whoa, dude, that's deep, man" effect.
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Yeah, exactly. You know, the more I think about it the more I feel like they lazed out on that aspect. The shadow people were cool character designs but you don't feel much empathy for them. They sort of hint at it near the end, when they come back for their "friend" but it's really thin. I think it was Roger Ebert who mentioned this in his review and said it seemed surprising that Will Smith's Neville couldn't have predicted that the leader may have wanted his "girlfriend" back, which is a fair point, but I hardly got that there was such a romantic connection.
>
> It's funny because in many ways it's more faithful to the book than The Omega Man, but the latter is still a bit more interesting to me.
>
> ---------------------------------

Yea I mean they hinted at it, the male zombie runs out when Will Smith catches her in the trap... then they start to set traps out for him. While watching the movie it seemed like they were going in that direction... living in communities/hives, keeping pets, having loved ones, setting traps but then bam, they're just zombies.

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