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I Am Legend (2007) Dir. Francis Lawrence. Vue Cinema Hull

The splendidly monikered Dr. Krippen (Emma Thompson) discovers THE cure for all cancers, but inevitably all is not what it seems…


This our first visit to the recently opened Vue Cinema, which sits astride Princes Quay Shopping Centre.


And very impressive it is too. The décor is neutral, but clean and modern and there was no quibbling over the complimentary ticket as I ‘m registered blind (Odeon please take note).


You have one queue for both food and entry and whilst I can see this makes perfect commercial sense they need to train the operatives to be a bit quicker.


Personally I think there should be a ticket only queue but I see their point as it would be easy to crack and order stuff that you may think twice about if you had to stand in line all over again.


In addition they need to organise matters more effectively so that you can get your ticket for the multi storey car park stamped with minimal wait.


But these are no doubt teething troubles, and as for the (so far unique) digital technology… Once you have seen a film in high definition with razor sharp picture quality and amazing surround sound, you will be very critical of conventional cinematic presentation. It’s just out of this world.


Which makes it all the more disappointing that I am Legend was such a dreadful film. It is highly appropriate that its release was timed for Boxing Day, as it is a real turkey of a picture.


The plot is very promising and has been filmed twice already as The Last Man on Earth (1964) starring Vincent Price, and The Omega Man (1971) starring Charlton Heston, but the dreadful, clunking script, saccharine sentimentality and brazen moralising about the Meaning of Life and the existence of God, allied to poor pace of the film meant that the excellent special effects of a hauntingly derelict New York and Will Smith’s best efforts with such a lame screen play were totally wasted.


Krippen’s cure turns horribly bad as mutations of the cure wipe out all but 1% of the World’s population, and turn most of the rest into unthinking, zombie like beasts who prey on anyone left.


Smith plays scientist Robert Neville, the only sentient being left in New York, living in an opulent brownstone house on Washington Square with his dog Samantha while working in the basement on a cure for this plague.


The scenes of a decimated New York are absolutely first class, and production designer Naomi Shohan and her IT crew, along with Smith totally carry this lame duck of a movie.


 One thing is for sure; CineWorld and the Odeon are going to have to up their performance to compete with a magnificent Picture House located bang in the City Centre.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


One thought on “I Am Legend (2007) Dir. Francis Lawrence. Vue Cinema Hull

  1. Dermot and I generally agree on films.
    But I disagree here – I thought it was a very good film. 8/10

    Posted by Richard | January 4, 2008, 8:38 pm

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