I Am Legend starring Will Smith is not nearly as bad as the reviewers would have you believe. Yes, the CGI bad guys were a little silly. Yes, the CGI hounds were ridiculous. Yes, there was nothing extremely new and fresh about the film. But darn it… I liked the movie.

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Based on the 1954 Richard Matheson scifi novel, the story is still a good one even when the filmmaking comes up a bit short. If the film has one major downfall, it is in that it doesn’t do service to the original story. The film strays in such a manner that it is barely recognizable as the Matheson story at times.

I have always been a sucker for a post-apocalyptic story, and for that reason, I’ve probably rated it higher than I should.
RATING 7 out of 10

easternviggo23.jpgI heard a lot of good things about Eastern Promises and was expecting a really good film… oops. That’s what I get for letting other people’s opinions influence my own. While there was nothing in particular that made it a bad film, it just wasn’t anything special.

The story was fine. The acting ranged from good to great. The cinematography added to the feel of the piece. So what was wrong? I think the biggest mistake was the pacing. It was painfully slow in places while making crazy jumps in others.

The subject of the bath house scene is the most mentioned part of the film and boy was it a let down. Just because Viggo Mortenson dangles his tally-whacker freely during the fight scene doesn’t make it a great fight scene. Sure, it took courage to show his junk on the big screen. Sure, it was original in that we are not accustomed to viewing a swinging unit while watching fights. Sure, sure, sure. The bottom line is that a bare naked man fighting doesn’t improve a fight scene.

In the end, (pun intended) it was a good film, just not as ground-breaking and original as sold.
RATING 7 out of 10