I Am Legend
The film “I Am Legend” is set in the year 2012 amongst the ruins of a New York City ravaged by a deadly virus. The virus has wiped out most of humanity and mutated those who survive it into thoughtless, hungry creatures. Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a military virologist, immune to the virus and the last known human survivor in the world. He travels trough a barren, desolate Manhattan that nature has reclaimed as he tries to discover a cure for the infected humans.
Visually the environment juxtaposes nature’s reclamation of the city with the remnants of the aftermath of humanity’s last stand against the spread of the disease. New York City provided the perfect backdrop for this story with its normally densely populated areas and many iconic landmarks, shown abandoned and in ruin. Most notably this can be seen in Time Square where a large section of the square was built on stage and augmented with CGI to depict nature taking over an abandoned and desolate city.
Directed: Francis Lawrence
Production Company: Warner Bros
Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan
Location: New York