Picks and Pans Review: I Am Legend

UPDATED 12/24/2007 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/24/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

Will Smith, Salli Richardson, Alice Braga | PG-13 |

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It says a lot about the enormous appeal of Smith as a movie star that he can go solo—his only companion is a pet dog—for most of this sci-fi thriller without viewers peeking at the time on their cell phones. Legend (a remake of 1964's The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price and 1971's The Omega Man starring Charlton Heston) follows a military scientist (Smith) who is the last survivor in Manhattan after a virus wipes out most humans and turns those who remain into bloodthirsty zombies. A cross between Cast Away and 28 Days Later, Legend is at its best in its first half, when it focuses on the minutiae of Smith's daily survival, rather than later on when it cranks up the horror quotient.

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