3 I Am Legend...not quite.farnzy | 27/12/2007 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Using the original title of Richard Matheson's source book is a bold statement. Not only is it an incredibly evocative title but also when used within the context of the book's ending, it is possibly the most powerful film title in recent memory.The concept of the last man on earth battling monotony, insanity, and extinction is a fascinating and terrifying one for audiences to contemplate.The latest adaptation has a lot going for it, Smith's sublime performance as the haunted and slowly unravelling Neville, an eye popping but familiar deserted New York, and Sam the wonder dog-touchingly humane, loyal and heartbreaking.So why doesn't it work?Once again the C.G.I. effects so lifelike when used to render the overgrown streets through which Neville hunts and stalks his infected tormentors are also to blame for their badly created design. These infected humans look like a ten-year-old computer created them and never recapture the menace they promise when first heard screaming, as Neville lies foetal in a bath, barricaded behind steel shutters, with only Sam for company.We should be terrified of these cannibals but they are so underwritten in their origin as to only serve as a typical monster threat to Neville. One of these "humans" does show hints of a former capacity for leadership and organization but this ultimately leads to nothing in the chaotic climax-an assault on Neville's Tribeca fortress (rebuilt after September11th perhaps?).And with this climax the film bottles what could have been the best ending to this or any other movie if the book had been followed more closely. Instead we have a functional one of sacrifice-controversial in it's own way but interesting in it is depiction of a black Jesus. Perhaps because Neville is black in this adaptation we couldn't have the book's superior resolution. Read it and judge for yourself.