I Am Legend is a 2007 science fiction film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name, following 1964's The Last Man on Earth and 1971's The Omega Man. Smith plays virologist Robert Neville, who is immune to a vicious man-made virus originally created to cure cancer. He works to create a remedy while living in Manhattan in 2012, a city inhabited by violent victims of the virus. The film's plot is an example of a "Last Man on Earth" story.
I Am Legend was released on December 14, 2007, in the United States, and opened to the largest ever box office (not counting for inflation) for a non-Christmas film released in the U.S. in December. The film was the seventh highest grossing film of 2007, earning $ million domestically and $329 million internationally, for a total of $585 million.
The film begins in the fall of 2009 on an interview talking about the cure rate from the "new" Krippen drug (named after the scientist (Emma Thompson) who created it).
In September 2012, U.S. Army virologist Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville (Will Smith) is left as the last healthy human in New York City. Three years earlier, a cure for cancer made from a re-engineered measles virus was developed with a 100% success rate. However, the virus mutated into a lethal strain that spread worldwide and killed 5.4 billion people (90% of humanity). Of the 600 million survivors, only 12 million people were naturally immune to the virus. The rest degenerated into bald, pale, aggressive beings referred to as "Darkseekers," who hunted down the immune humans as prey. The "Darkseekers" are so-called for hiding in buildings and dark places during the day due to a painful intolerance to UV radiation. The infected exhibit increased speed, agility, aggression, and strength. These abilities stem from an increased metabolic rate, which also consumes the infected with an overwhelming hunger which makes them resort to cannibalism. Despite their primal behavior, the Darkseekers seem to retain some basic problem-solving intelligence, animalistic cunning, and the capacity to organize themselves.
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