I am Legend
Genre and expectations of that genre
Science Fiction-Alternative future-Technology/Future World/End of the World: Creation of an anti-utopia, ironic though because in order to have any utopia you must have civilization. Mundane simple tasks are turned into extremes such as when he goes's for a drive or 'shops' or locks up the house.
Themes and issues explored
All of our actions have consequences (Newton's Law-For every action there is an equal or opposite reaction)
Christianity, God's power is greater than all of man kind's creations. Krippen tried to become god like by cheating death and was punished along with all followers.
Family values, all he dreams about is his family and what he did to try and save them. "Scan her again" The dog is the only part of his daughter he has/had.
Ethics of science, How far is too far? With every advancement in science there have always been casualties. Einstein and the atom bomb.
Robert Neville as Jesus. Neville takes it as his task/burden to save mankind, he doesn't have the disease pure blood, pure of sin. He broadcasts refuge at the sea port from the virus (Sin) and death. "I can provide food, I can provide shelter..." The cure then comes from his own blood and he dies to save mankind from the virus/sin. He also spends three years searching for a cure, roughly the time that Jesus spent preaching on earth.
The butterfly as the symbol of God's will or intervention
The virus as sin
Man changes God's creations making Alice Krippen seem god like, breaking one of the commandments, though shall not worship any other god.
The miracle cure as the apple in the Garden of Eden and the ensuing fall of mankind.
(Alternate Reading) The virus could also represent the rapture or the end of times.
Values and attitudes that are reinforced or challenged
The advancement of science, is it always a good thing. How far is too far? If we cure everything than we are no longer men.
We value life but at what cost.
Challenges our value of control
Challenges our view on Christianity, would we recognize Jesus if he came back
Intertextual links to War of the Worlds
Same genre type, near future.
Same theme, God's power is greater than any of man's creations.
Ray develops responsibility of being a father, Robert understands son of god.
Structured like Handmaids Tale with the flashbacks.
The evil also comes from within the planet or within mankind.
Measles reprogrammed engineered at a genetic level to be helpful. Sounds technical and complicated. Has to break it down to the car analogy to make it understandable. Ironically not every cop is a good cop.
10,009 clinical trials and 10,009 have been cured. 10009 is the area code for New York, NY.
Doctor is composed and calm. She's wearing a feminine suit, has blonde hair, is slightly older and is English. She also annunciates very well. This all combines to give the image of the powerful smart woman that commands so much respect in today's society. Because she's discovered the 'cure' for cancer she has essentially taken a bite from the tree of life and is spreading it to Adam hence beginning the fall of man to sin.
Image then comes in with part of the image under water reminiscent of hurricane Katrina with the abandonment and the devastation.
The term New York City's a jungle out there has never been so true. Union square a normally heavily busy area is empty.
Screen comes onto Robert in his Ford Mustang. The definition for mustang is a wild horse of the American West. This creates in image in the wild city of Robert as a lone gun slinger which is then further supported by him grabbing his gun.
Comes to a poster with the creation of man on it from the Sistine Chapel with the image of a butterfly carved out of the front of it firmly establishing the relationship between God and the butterfly Motif throughout the film. People often ask why isn't God...
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