I Am Legend is
how the grassfuckers in Hollywood make a big-budget zombie movie:
badly, by completely forgetting what makes them cool and instead
squirting out a shitty, self-important bore. God damn, fucking
morons; tooth-humping dullbats; crap-slurping horsenuts. The
lot of them. Except the ones who make good shit. Where they
could use their deep pockets to make a masterpiece of pant-shitting
scariness they instead choose to puff themselves up like syphilitic
peacocks. Fucking retards don't even try to sell the movie as
a zombie flick. Instead, they bill it as a Will-Smith-Acts-Serious
Smith plays a man alone in the wilds of New
York City six months after everyone else gets wiped out by a
drug-resistant strain of herpes that's been cultivating on the
Harelip's chin for the last few years. He's also some sort of
military scientist who was working to cure the virus before
the end. He's got a dog, a good-looking German Shepherd to keep
him company. I think somehow this zombie movie is supposed to
be Smith's Castaway. You know, the sort of movie where
a guy spends a buttload of time alone and we're supposed to
get this sense of how much he misses humanity because he gets
to do a lot of heavy acting and profound talking to himself.
Smith is a boring-ass one-dimensional goodie-goodie
fuckwit. He spends his days broadcasting on AM radio for any
other people who might still be alive. What a dumbass. The only
people he'll find that way are nutjob conspiracy theorists and
the sort of illiterate white trash who think Bill O'Reilly has
a fucking clue. When he's not broadcasting, Smith tries to find
a cure that will turn the zombies back into people. He's got
a swank lab in the basement of his fancy zombie-proofed house.
He also spends an inordinate amount of time talking to mannequins,
because, see, that's supposed makes him more human, alone and
Actually, most of the movie just keeps pounding
home the same fucking loneliness and desolation shit. CGI images
of the empty streets of New York City get almost as fucking
boring as the real and busy ones after the 93rd time the movie
puts them up there. Why do they keep showing them? My guess
is that some fucking bonerwhiz got all gooey at how much money
they spent on the fake images. Which, by the way, looks a triple-D
tit's worth more like something out of a video game than anything
real. Smith talks to his dog, begs a mannequin to say hi to
him, video records himself, and looks sad a bunch. Waa waa waa,
when the fuck do the zombies come out?
I Am Legend aspires to something so much
bigger and less entertaining than a monster movie, though. It
wants to be about the human condition. It wants to show us cornball
flashbacks to prove that not only is Smith's character a goodie-goodie
now, he was before the zombies showed up. It wants us to think
he doesn't believe in God so that at the end of the movie he
can change his mind. Whoop-de-fucking-doo! Like anyone in the
theater gave a shit about Smith's existential blues. Especially
when they consist mostly of a series of Hollywood bullshit cliches.
For all the somberness and fake seriousness onscreen, the movie
relies on the same old plot points, and for its scares it uses
the same crap from much lower-budget and better zombie movies.
So while Smith wanders around showing us how
much money can be spent on landscapes and monologues, a perfectly
good zombie movie goes to waste. It's way too far into the movie
before we see the first of the undead. And then, they look pretty
fucking lame; like graphics off a Nintendo Gamecube. They aren't
scary, unless you consider bald, blue-veined, drooling people
terrifying. If you do, you can get all your thrills hanging
out at the Arvada Senior Center. There is some horseshit about
them being unintelligent, and maybe the unintelligible remnants
of a plotline about them becoming smarter. Maybe, I sure the
fuck couldn't tell. It's just too hard to tell because all the
CGI zombies look the same, so I never I knew if there was one
chasing him or a bunch. Either way, they don't chase enough,
and Smith doesn't blast enough. He's too damn busy hoping he'll
get a shiny trophy for his Tom Hanks in Castaway impression.
I didn't give a bum's nut whether Smith believes
in God. I wouldn't give a nun's left tit to spend any more time
with a guy who is as apparently saintly and boring as Smith.
I wish the buttpickers in Hollywood would figure out that they
aren't so great at being profound, especially not within the
tight three-act structure they give themselves. Because they're
afraid of offending or confusing anyone and they assume we're
all as stupid as they are, their "deep" movies end up making
no sense or expressing feelings and thoughts about as well as
the greeting cards you can buy in liquor stores.
More important, though, is that where a zombie
movie can be a great Hollywood flick: fun and a gory example
of the sixth type of conflict (1. man vs. nature, 2. man vs.
man, 3. man vs. self, 4. man vs. society, 5. man vs. drunk self
and 6. man vs. undead man), I Am Legend just uses a few
zombies for the backdrop to express something they don't understand,
and they didn't need to say.
But the grassfuckers want to feel like they're
doing something. They want to feel like while they are raping
our asses ten dollars at a time, they are also imparting a bit
of their wisdom into our lives. I Am Legend is their
way of saying both fuck you and, hey, look how deep we are!