I Am Legend Analysis

Powerful Essays
Whether regarded by viewers as the worse or greatest movie to date, the “I Am Legend” movie in my opinion addresses numerous social issues that we as a society face and should be more aware of in today’s era. According to Imdb.com, “The ‘I Am Legend’ movie starring renowned actor Will Smith focusses on “a scientist named Robert Neville who is incapable of stopping the horrible virus once created to cure cancer. At first, the virus looked promising and was given to cancer patients to treat their disease but few years down the line it transformed into a plague which killed most of the people on earth or turned them into zombies. Neville is the only unaffected human survivor in New York and the world, for many years he has been sending out daily …show more content…
(The Legend of Disorder)”. The other article I will be using in this essay to examine the “I Am legend” movie is called “Alienating identification: Black identity in The Brother from Another Planet and I Am Legend,” it basically “argues that the film act as a valuable testing ground for theories of identity as the creation of alienating worlds reveals the play of alienation and identification at work in the recent history of race and representation (Alienating Identification)”. Through the anger and hope expressed in Richard Matheson’s movie “I Am Legend,” Matheson uses the element Protagonist and social issues such as skills and classification to demonstrate to his audience (us) how films can be s relatable to the social issues we face in today’s …show more content…
The first message in the movie is about humans and socializing, Will smith shows us that without other humans on earth for us to socialize with, we will slowly start to become miserable and start finding companionship in animals and anything else that looks alive in our eyes. That’s a valid point because I couldn’t imagine not being able to socialize with my friends and family, that’s how people start talking to themselves and that’s also how madness starts. Socializing is very important even though technology these days makes it difficult for us to get out of the house. But technology gets tiring after a while and all one wants to do is talk to their friends and gossip. Another message in the movie that I founded very interesting was the value of being persistent. Robert Neville didn’t have to be persistent as he was about finding a cure to help those diseased individuals, he could have given up and been discouraged after numerous failed attempts at finding other un-infected like himself to help him find a cure. People should not give up on their passion because of somebody or because of the obstacles in their lives, there is always going to be something that will try and discourage them from doing something good, but only the strong survive.
Lastly, the movie “I Am Legend” reminded me (the viewer) so much about the social issues we deal with in today’s

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    I Am Legend Analysis

    • 779 Words
    • 4 Pages

    story but the elegance of how well the film adapts and plays out. The audience are straight away emotionally connecting with Robert Neville (Smith) and i found myself striving for him to find the viral cure and some means means of civilization. The audience are teared through themes of honour, pride, passion, love, hate, determine, i felt as though i was close to shedding a tear many times throughout the film. Up until the very end of the film things got gradually worse for smith. For me the most…

    • 779 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    I Am Legend

    • 3757 Words
    • 16 Pages

    Nathan Wright MEDC 5310 Media & Culture Term Paper – 7 March 2008 “I Am Legend” – Mirroring Symbolic Religious Culture in America The recent release of the movie “I Am Legend” has triggered chatter across the worldwide blogosphere and in thousands of movie theater lobbies; “This may be Will Smith’s finest hour,” “How completely can one person ruin a script?” “The car was cool.” This writer has previously commented on “I Am Legend” as a cultural statement on ethnicity, citing the anti-racial tendencies…

    • 3757 Words
    • 16 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    i am legend

    • 304 Words
    • 1 Page

    Alienation One of the primary themes of I Am Legend is alienation, and it is hard to imagine someone who is more literally alienated than Robert Neville. He is an absolutely normal American man, or at least he was until the world changed around him. Simply by remaining who he is, he becomes first alone (when his family dies), then a criminal (when he decides not to bury her), then the target of frenzied attacks (as the vampires try to kill him), and finally the only remnant of actual humanity left…

    • 304 Words
    • 1 Page
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    The Legend I Am

    • 1499 Words
    • 6 Pages

    The Legend I Am Dystopian genres characterize upon the concept of a dehumanized and frightening world. Quintessential ideals that associate with this genre demonstrate themes such as fear, totalitarianism, loss of history, and the individual (Explore-Science-Fiction-Movies). It is the general aspect of what molds and shapes someone, or something to continue throughout their course of action. These characteristics capitalize upon another genre, horror fiction, in which Richard Matheson employs both…

    • 1499 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    I Am Legend

    • 365 Words
    • 2 Pages

    In the Novel I am Legend, the protagonist, Robert Neville, is seemingly the only survivor of a city that has converted the rest of humanity to vampires. Roberts mission is to destroy “the others” before they can infect him. The theme of this book is that one has to do what one has to do to stay alive. Using symobolism, and imagry, Richard Matheson reveals that to stay alive one will go the extra mile instead of giving up. “when I die , I shall only be dead” . Quote shows symbolism because when…

    • 365 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    I Am Legend

    • 222 Words
    • 1 Page

    I am Legend was a very successful movie, starring the one and only Will Smith. Will Smith played the character Dr. Robert Neville. This doctor was a lonely survivor of the zombie apocalypse. His family had been killed. Dr. Robert only had one friend who was his dog Sam. Dr. Robert was trying to find a cure for the disease, which zombified animals. The zombies in this movie couldn’t survive in light and had a sense of intelligence. After Dr. Robert had to kill his dog because it became zombified he…

    • 222 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    I Am Legend

    • 1063 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Robert Neville is the apparent sole survivor of a pandemic whose symptoms resemble vampirism. It is implied that the pandemic was caused by a war, and that it was spread by dust storms in the cities and an explosion in the mosquito population. The narrative details Neville's daily life in Los Angeles as he attempts to comprehend, research, and possibly cure the disease, to which he is immune. Neville's past is revealed through flashbacks: The disease claimed his wife and daughter, and he was forced…

    • 1063 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    I Am Legend

    • 534 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Daniel Salgado HUM3321-18 December 12, 2011 I am Legend (Film Genre Essay) When thinking of horror films, simple features come to mind for what you need to produce a good movie. Monsters are always a big plus in order to get a good scare factor. A good horror film will have drama that usually leads to the death of a main character or other supporting characters. I believe I Am Legend is a good contender for a low-key horror film. Under the direction of Francis Lawrence was a film written by…

    • 534 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    I Am Legend

    • 334 Words
    • 2 Pages

    I'm going to introduce "I Am Legend". This movie was released in the USA in 2007. This film was set in New York. New York fell into ruin from a virus which came from a medicine for cancer. However, while this medicine saved a lot of lives, some people suffered from a symptom like a rabies. From this side affect, they found that medicine changed into a virus. This virus caused death. Infected people were called "Dark Seekers" in this story. Their weak point is sunlight but they have great physical…

    • 334 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    I Am Legend

    • 1550 Words
    • 7 Pages

    I Am Legend Many great experiences start out as a “What If,” concept. Things such as, what if I had a million dollars? Or what if I had one wish? Maybe even things such as what if I had New York to myself for an entire day? To Will Smith’s character, Dr. Robert Neville, someone’s so called fantasy turned into a full blown nightmare that he was forced to live every day for three years of his life. By himself. Robert goes through many major events that change his life forever and force him to see…

    • 1550 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Good Essays