“Day one thousand and one. We came in close contact with a hive today. Blood tests confirm that I remain immune to both the airborne and contact strains. Canines remain immune to airborne strain only. The vaccine trials continue. I'm still unable to transfer my immunity to infected hosts. The Krippen Virus is... elegant.” -Robert Neville
A virus breaks out in “I Am Legend”, virtually wiping out the human race, leaving only a select few to return order to the world. Instead of being contractible through contact, in “The Stand”, the strain of influenza is an airborne virus. This epidemic wipes out over 99% of the earth’s population, sparing a limited number of immune survivors that endure many trials and tribulations on their extensive journey. These stories are alike in many ways, but are also very different in comparison. The differences, such as the viruses, technology, scientific advancements, and just simply the way that the characters cope with the disasters.
I Am Legend
In I Am Legend, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville (Will Smith) is possibly the last living man on earth since the outbreak of a genetically-engineered variant of the measles virus that causes victims to become predatory and vampiric beings. He roams the barren streets of New York with his trusty companion, Sam, to find food and supplies for survival in this dreadful time. Amidst the silent, but overbearing time, Robert Neville test serums on lab rats in hopes to find a cure for the infected humans. While hunting for food one day, Neville and Sam come into contact with a group of “Darkseekers” and nearly lose their lives in a petrifying incident. After almost dying, the officer comes up with the idea to capture one of the infected to test his cures on. To set the trap, Neville laid a tarp out that was rigged to collapse when triggered. Since the “Darkseekers” are attracted to blood, he broke a vile of his own blood on the tarp to draw them in. After capturing a female victim, he takes...
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