I haven’t been all that interested in I Am Legend ever since I first mentioned it here over two years ago, but now New York Post columnist Kyle Smith has said something about the film — which opens next week Friday — that does intrigue me.
At his blog, he says the film is “a rare Hollywood movie in that it contains a pro-God message in the midst of a scientific inquiry into the nature of the cure for a supervirus.”
And over at the Commentary website, he calls the film “The First Movie of the Post Stem-Cell Debate Era!” and writes that the Will Smith character is an atheist who learns that “science alone” isn’t enough.
Is it possible that this film goes even further with the religious themes than the previous version of this story, the Charlton Heston vehicle The Omega Man (1971)? We shall see.
Just for the record, I have not yet seen the even earlier version of this story, the Vincent Price flick The Last Man on Earth (1964), so I do not know whether that film makes use of religious themes too. My wife added it to our DVD collection some time ago, though, so I should probably watch it soon.