I Am Legend Movie Comparsion

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.

1

The “virus” morphed from attempting to cure cancer

  • 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
3

He was a real scientist

  • 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 placed mannequins in several locations and talked to them

He placed mannequins in several locations and talked to them

  • He was systematic with his house checks
  • He use a radio everyday to try to contact people
  • He did tests on vampires
Vampires used the same type of trap and caught Neville

Vampires used the same type of trap and caught Neville

  • 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
Neville becomes a legend by developing the cure instead of being the last "human"

Neville becomes a legend by developing the cure instead of being the last “human”

Overall Review

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.

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