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I Am Legend | 2007 | PG-13 | - 2.7.3

Sci-fi film based on a 1954 Richard Matheson novel, that was filmed several times before: Will Smith stars as a virologist that has somehow escaped a virus epidemic -- created by a virus which was supposed to cure cancer. He seems to be the last man in a devastated New York City, which has been taken over by a humanity that has mutated into carnivorous night dwellers. Also with Alice Braga, Dash Mihok, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Charlie Tahan. Directed by Francis Lawrence. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A husband and wife kiss a couple of times.
 We see pencil sketches of two nude women with the outline of bare breasts and buttocks (there isn't much detail).
 A man is bare-chested while exercising.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Dark seekers are people who were infected by a virus that turns them into zombie-like creatures; they are hairless humans with grey-tinged skin and pointy teeth that like to feed on other humans and will burn if exposed to sunlight.
 A dog begins to snarl at a man, the man holds it in his lap and kills it with his bare hands (we hear the dog struggling against the man and then we hear nothing and see it fall limp on the floor).
 Several dark seeker dogs charge toward a man and a dog, they are stopped by a ray of sunlight and when the sunlight fades they attack them: one dark seeker dog is shot by the man, one knocks the man down and snaps close to his face, one dark seeker dog attacks the dog (we hear biting), and the dog then attacks the dark seeker dog that is about to bite the man; the dark seeker dog is shot and the dog whimpers and lies on the ground with many bloody wounds.
 Many dark seekers run toward what they think is a man seated at a pier, a man in a car turns on bright lights and speeds toward them, he runs many of them down (we hear squishing and see them being thrown), he takes another pass and more are struck, and several attack the car pulling down a light pole on top of it; the car is flipped and pushed to the edge of the pier, one dark seeker climbs into the car, moves toward the man and snaps at him, but a bright light makes the dark seekers screech, while we hear sizzling, they retreat and the man falls unconscious.
 Many dark seekers charge toward a house, an explosion blows many of them through the air and we see them lying dead on the ground, while others pour into the house: a man fights with one, he shoots causing explosions inside the house, the dark seeker bites the man and throws him around, and the man stabs the dark seeker in the leg; the dark seeker then runs away and jumps out of a window.
 A woman and a boy are trapped in a room while a dark seeker pulls away at the ceiling, a man draws his attention, the dark seeker jumps toward him, and the man shoots him.
 A man with a gun tracks a deer on foot, he finds it and takes aim at it, and a lioness leaps on it and holds it by the throat (we hear the deer whimper and hear a crunch, it falls limp and the lion drags it away); a male lion approaches with two cubs and the man and the lion watch each other, and then the man leaves.
 A man is chased by many dark seekers out of a building, they snap and snarl at him, one pushes him out of a window and they crash down onto the ground, and the dark seeker screeches and thrashes as he sizzles and burns from exposure to the sun (we see skin burning and his shriveled remains on the ground).
 A man with a gun tracks a deer on foot, his dog chases it into a dark building, the man follows, finds blood splattered on a wall and up the stairs, and finds a dead deer and a hive of dark seekers huddled together, presumably sleeping.
 Many dark seekers try to break into a room protected by bulletproof glass and one crashes against the glass with his head repeatedly until the glass cracks and breaks.
 A man traps a dark seeker in a tarp and knocks him unconscious with his gun (we hear it screech and then a crunch when it is struck).
 We see a dark seeker on an examination table, she is injected with a serum, her breathing slows, she thrashes and screeches and tries to break out of her restraints, falls back on the table, her vital signs go flat and she is injected in the chest with something that revives her but she remains unconscious.
 A man steps into a puddle, his foot is caught in a trap, he is pulled off his feet, strikes his head hard on the ground and dangles from one ankle in the air (blood drips from his head).
 A man hanging from a rope around his ankle cuts himself loose, lands hard on the ground and stabs himself in the leg with the knife he used to cut the rope (he tries to pull the knife out but cannot and drags himself along the street to his car).
 A man injects a dog with a serum after it was attacked by dark seekers, but the dog begins to show effects of the infection (it loses hair and its eyes turn red and its gums become discolored).
 A dark seeker screeches and roars at a man and exposes his face to the sun (we see patches of skin begin to sizzle), and then disappears back into a dark building. We see a stitched wound on a man's leg and a large bruise.
 Infected rats screech and run into the glass walls of their cages (they are hairless and grey-tinged and have long teeth) and others lie dead.
 A woman is taken away from her family after being told she is infected with a virus, she protests, her husband protests and they are held at gunpoint (she is re-tested and is cleared). A woman cries and blood streams from her eyes (she's apparently infected by a virus) and she pleads with people around her to take her baby somewhere safe.
 A man drives through crowded city streets as many people try to reach bridges and ferries in order to leave a city, and a man with a bloody face (he appears sick) runs into the side window of the car.
 A man thinks he hears something, and he shoots his gun into the air breaking many windows in buildings around him. A man becomes angry, throws a plate against a wall, it breaks, and a woman points a gun at him (he calms down and leaves). A man yells at a mannequin and then shoots it repeatedly (we see its arm fall off and it falls over onto the ground.
 A man and his dog sleep in a bathtub and we hear loud, animal-like noises (screeches and snarling) coming from outside.
 A helicopter takes off from a pier, people cling to the landing gear, and it spins out of control and crashes into another helicopter in mid-flight (we see the helicopter approaching the other but do not see the actual crash). There is a large explosion that causes a huge fire and leaves many dead (we see the fire erupt but no victims are shown). Bridges are shot at and they break and fall into water (we hear people screaming and see large explosions).
 A man buries a dog. A man in a car chases a herd of deer running through city streets, and he takes aim at several but does not shoot.
 A man talks about another man being shot. We hear a radio broadcast of the President ordering the evacuation of a city. A man and a woman argue about the existence of God. A man talks about music being a cure for hate.
 A man with a gun searches through abandoned apartments for things that he can use to survive. A man talks to mannequins and begins to show the effects of isolation and mental breakdown.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 scatological term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (dummy), 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man finds a collection of prescription medication in an apartment (he does not take any). A man takes a bottle of something that could have been alcohol, but it is not clear and we do not see him drink any of it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cure for cancer, viruses, mutating viruses, immunity, animal testing, hope, loss of hope, the existence of God, survival techniques.

MESSAGE - Horrible things can come out of the effort to cure diseases. Humans can bring about their own destruction.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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