This was probably my favorite Will Smith performance ever.
It’s hard to carry a majority of a movie when you are the only person acting. A perfect example of the right way to do this is Tom Hanks in Castaway. I was a little worried for Mr. Smith who has only tried to flat out act a handful of time (Six Degrees of Separation, Where The Day Takes You, Ali).
Well, he did quite well. He didn’t try to force the humor too much (an issue for him). He was the appropriate amount of stoicism, desperation and insanity. There’s one scene during a “conversation” he has in a video store that shows you how much Will has stepped his game up.
The movie was a lot more suspenseful than I expected (one of my female companions who I went with spent various moments in the fetal position). There were a lot of elements that reminded me of 28 Days Later. Also, the creatures sort of moved like the robots in I,Robot when they were vaulting on top of poles and walls.
My problems with the movie: There is an evolution of the vampire-like creatures that goes acknowledged by Robert Neville (Smith) which bugged me. It went more in line with what happened in the book. Also, they completely changed the book. I didn’t read the book but I looked it up after the movie and it was much cooler than what happened in the movie.
I saw this in IMAX, mainly for The Dark Knight prologue which was awesome. I’m a strong believer in seeing any movie shown in IMAX but that was an added incentive.