I Am Legend

Theatrical Release: December 14, 2007
I Am Legend


Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable… and manmade. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City… and maybe the world. But he is not alone. He is surrounded by “the Infected”-victims of the plague who have mutated into carnivorous beings who can only exist in the dark and who will devour or infect anyone or anything in their path. For three years, Neville has spent his days scavenging for food and supplies and faithfully sending out radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. All the while, the Infected lurk in the shadows, watching Neville’s every move, waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But his blood is also what The Infected hunt, and Neville knows he is outnumbered and quickly running out of time.

Dove Review

It is a few years from now in human history. Gasoline costs $6.63 a gallon. The streets of New York city are vacant. Set in a bleak environment, this edgy film showcases Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith), the last survivor of a deadly virus which has left only attacking mutants in its wake. Neville attempts to lead an ordinary life while searching for a cure for the mutants. He visits a video store and talks to store dummies in his loneliness as he chooses a DVD to watch. He is constantly vigilant in sending radio messages to possible other survivors “out there”. Near the end of the movie, Neville learns that there might actually be a few other survivors who have not been tainted by the deadly virus. Hope begins to wane as the year 2012 arrives.

Although the film deals with the psychological problems of being alone, and includes some revved up action sequences, it is also a violent film, with images of a deer being attacked at the throat, and the gory mutants as they continually attempt to assault Neville. The violence, along with some strong language, prevents Dove from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Man kisses his wife.
Language: J-1; G/OMG-6; God mentioned at least twice reverently; D-3; H-3; A-1; S-1.
Violence: An animal viciously kills a deer in a bloody scene; rats are mad and try to break through glass; a man's face is smashed against a windshield; man draws his own blood with needle on screen; man falls on knife accidentally and it goes in leg; man shoots a dog to put it out of misery; mutant dogs attack; human mutants are gory looking and frequently attack and are shot; grenades and explosions; a few other scenes which show blood; a dead animal's head is seen.
Drugs: A man works on a vaccine for a virus; a character draws his own blood.
Nudity: Shirtless man exercises and shirtless mutants are seen.
Other: A mutant shakes on a table and nearly dies; a wife prays for her husband's safety; a man loses heart and says there is no God.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman and Richard Matheson
Producer: David Heyman
Genre: Action
Runtime: 122 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter