Why The Omega Man Is The Weakest Movie Version Of I Am Legend
The Omega Man is the weakest version of Richard Matheson's book because it fails in the many of the same ways that The Last Man on Earth (1964) and I Am Legend (2007) do, only worse. All three films fail to portray the original story's true horror—the extinction of humankind due to its arrogance and violence. In all three films, humankind is ultimately saved in some way, whereas in the book, it most certainly comes to an end. All the films also fail to fully capture the original story's irony that its protagonist—and by extension humankind—is revealed to be its antagonist; in other words, Robert Neville blindly becomes a version of the very bogeyman that humankind has always feared.More...
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