Friday, December 14, 2007


Go see it.

Will Smith turns in a brilliant performance as Robert Neville, a virologist who is the last survivor of a plague that has wiped out New York City, possibly the world. The plague was the result of what was thought to be a cure for cancer, which went sour with disastrous results. 90% of the World's population were killed by the plague, and 1% were immune. The remaining 9% were transformed into something akin to a vampire. As a result, Robert is alone for three years with no human contact, his only companion a loyal German Shepherd named Sam. His days are spent patroling the city, block by block, hunting down nests of infected that he can capture and take back to his lab to try and cure, hunting deer in his purloined 2007 Mustang, driving golf balls off the wing of a stealth fighter aboard the Intrepid, and farming. His nights are spend huddled in a bathtub behind iron window shades, curled up with Sam and his machine gun. (this movie is a video-game waiting to be made. Picture Grand Theft Auto with vampires.) As the isolation and desperation begin to take it's toll on his mind, he inches ever closer to discovering a cure. When he meets two other non-infected people, his world is thrown into chaos...

I won't even front on this one. I cried. Go see it, and if you know me at all, you'll know exactly when I cried.

This movie showed that Will Smith can carry an entire movie, if he wants to. This was his Cast Away. I have tremendous respect for what he can bring to a role when he's not busy clowning.

The movie has received some negative reviews, and I'm not going to say it was perfect. But if you can watch a movie and enjoy it based solely on the character, this one will be a winner for you.