Won a couple of passes to I Am Legend.

The shorts for the movie really did give away all the good bits. I was a little disappointed with how the story ended up being told, it seemed cut short and drawn-out at the same time. Will Smith did a really good job with the role, I appreciate the range of emotions and mental spaces he portrayed - yeah I cried when Sam died. I hate that Sam died.

The source of all web-knowledge (read: Wikipedia) says this about I Am Legend:

I Am Legend is a 1954 science fiction novel by Richard Matheson about the last man alive in a future Los Angeles overrun with zombies. It is notable as influential on the developing modern zombie genre, in popularizing the fictional concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease, and in exploring the notion of zombieism as a disease. The novel was a success and was adapted to film as The Last Man on Earth in 1964, as The Omega Man in 1971, and again in 2007 as I Am Legend.

The Warner Bros' rendition didn't really have zombies - I've always had the impression that zombies were dumb. This version had a crazy leader. I don't understand why Will Smith's Robert Neville concluded that the infected had lost all humanity when he encountered the infected male aggravated and exposing itself to the pain of sunlight when it was obvious his female companion had been captured. The sequence of events that followed, IMHO, made it pretty clear that that encounter set the scene for the hunting of Robert Neville that followed - the infected male creature leading the charge to kill him. Maybe it's been another case of popular media removing the heart of cult fiction...

I like the plot as described by Wikipedia better:
The story takes place between January 1976 and January 1979 in Los Angeles South Central. The novel opens with the monotony and horror of the daily life of the protagonist, Robert Neville. Neville is apparently the only survivor of an apocalypse caused by a pandemic of bacteria, the symptoms of which are similar to vampirism. He spends every day repairing his house, boarding up windows, stringing and hanging garlic, disposing of vampires corpses on his lawn and going out to gather any additional supplies needed for hunting and killing more vampires.

Much of the story is devoted to Neville's struggles to understand the plague that has divided those around him into the walking dead - vampires - and the still-living infected. The novel details his research into the nature of vampirism, as the symptoms explain their legendary aversion to garlic, sunlight, and so on.

One day a dog appears in the neighborhood. Neville spends weeks trying to win its trust and domesticate it. He eventually traps the terrified dog and wins it over, but it dies from the infection a week later.

Neville encounters an apparently uninfected woman named Ruth; startled, she runs away. Neville chases her and after a struggle drags her back to his house. Suspicious that she is infected, Neville questions her. He reveals that as well as vampires, he kills the infected, believing that sooner or later they will die and come after him. Despite their mistrust, Neville and Ruth fall for each other.

However, when Neville performs a blood test on her, her infection is revealed. Ruth knocks him out and escapes, but leaves a note, explaining that she was a spy from a primitive new society; her people are infected but have discovered a means to hold the disease at bay. She warns him to leave before they come to destroy him. Neville decides to stay.

Months later, hunters from the new society capture Neville, and take him for public execution. Before he can be executed, Ruth provides him with pills to commit suicide instead. Neville takes the pills; as he dies he reflects on how the new society regards him as a monster. Just as vampires were regarded as legendary monsters that preyed on the vulnerable humans in their beds, Neville has become a mythical figure that kills both vampires and the still-living while they are sleeping. He becomes a legend as the vampires once were, hence the title.
It makes the title make more sense.

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