Daily Archives: November 5, 2009

I Am Legend’s Junk Science: Hollywood Sci-Fi vs. Reality


The Iconic Brooklyn Bridge Scene from the Film.  Would it have remained standing?

I was interested enough in the I am Legend alternative ending (See: Previous post) that I read up about it on Wikipedia, which led me to this interesting analysis of IAL from a scientific perspective.  How did I am Legend do depicting a collapse of civilization?  Well, it’s a mixed bag.  Check it out.

I Am Legend’s Junk Science: Hollywood Sci-Fi vs. Reality.

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I Am Legend alternate ending


A co-worker of mine mentioned that there was an alternative ending to the recent I AM LEGEND movie starring Will Smith. One that would prove to be a lot closer to the original source novel than the final version that hit the theaters. The alternative isn’t hard to find (thank you, Google). After viewing this ending, I’m puzzled as to why they went with the heroic self-sacrifice ending in the theatrical version. Sure, Neville sacrifices himself and “saves” humanity, but I rather like THIS ending better. It IS closer to the original (book) ending of I AM LEGEND (by Richard Matheson– a great read and worth your time). The night people and humanity are becoming two species after the plague evolved them. THIS ending illustrates that premise nicely. Sure, driving off into the sunset is a bit schmaltzy but I lke all the rest of it far more than the cliche of jumping on a grenade to save everyone. This was a fun discovery.

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