This contains an extreme amount of spoilers for both the movie and novel.
I meant to do this much sooner, but when I tried to re-watch it the first time I had an emergency to deal with.
- Neville had a dog (Sam) from the beginning
- He had a new car and used it to hunt deer
- He was more careful. He had an alarm on his watch and use almanac to check to see when the sun set. He also exercised and grew food.
- Instead of having just boarded up windows and doors he had metal slides
- He was in the military (a Colonel at that)
- Parts of New York City was effected greatly by the morphed virus, and was being sealed off. Neville tried to get his family out. He had a wife and a daughter, like the book.
- He was systematic with his house checks
- He use a radio everyday to try to contact people
- He did tests on vampires
- Neville gets rescued by Anna, who is not a vampire, and has a child (Ethan) with her
- As in the book, Neville is not used to talking to people
- Power source and house maintenance was never explained in the movie
- Vampires only try to attack Neville’s home when he is rescued and brought back to his home during the night
- Bullets can kill the vampires
- He finds a cure
The movie did not follow the book much at all, but I think it is a great rendition. The movie is modern and easy to relate to. I think the movie captured some of the feelings and struggles that the book tried to convey, even if lightly. There were some distance similarities. For example, I think the movie version of Ben Cortman was the leader of the vampires.
I am not sure how I feel about the changing of how Neville becomes a “legend.” I found the book ending surprising and made me think. The movie ending was rather predictable but acceptable. I also think the horror of Neville had to go through was lost in the movie.