söndag 10 mars 2013

Om att kapitalt missförstå I Am Legend

Captain Capitalism (ännu en i raden oerhört ojämna skribenter) skrev relativt nyligen:

The reason for the second reference is that I like how the zombies are completely feral and lacking reason, logic or thought. If I recall the movie correctly, Will Smith's character does develop a cure that would cure all the zombies and turn them back into humans, he even tries reasoning with them, but their brains are too far gone to even comprehend what he's saying. They just want to kill him, even though he's their only hope.

I själva verket är situationen fullständigt den omvända, vilket det alternativa slutet visar - från Wikipedia:

In the alternate ending, the alpha male makes a butterfly-shaped smear on the glass. Neville realizes that the alpha male is identifying the woman he was experimenting on by a butterfly tattoo, and that the alpha male wants her back. Neville puts his gun down and returns the infected woman. Neville and the alpha male then exchange stares; Neville apologizes to the Darkseekers; the alpha male acknowledges his apology, and the infected leave. Shocked by the ordeal, Neville sits down for a moment in his laboratory. Looking over the pictures of his numerous test subjects, the implications of his research methods begin to dawn on him.

Även själva filmtiteln refererar till poängen med filmen - återigen från Wikipedia:

Neville goes to his prison window and sees the infected waiting for his execution. He now sees that the infected view him with the same hatred and fear that he once felt for the vampires; he realizes that he, a remnant of old humanity, is now a legend to the new race born of the infection. As the pills take effect, he thinks: "[I am] a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend."

Och ändå inne på temat så går det inte att låta bli att anmärka på hur oerhört plågsamt uselt filmen slutar - näst Flightplan så har jag aldrig rantat (utanför bloggen) så mycket över ett filmslut, och jag är självfallet inte ensam om detta - ständiga referensen Cracked:

Some will argue that Neville was sacrificing himself so the zombies would be appeased and the sidekicks could get away with the cure. This leads to problem No. 2, which is that Neville is a supergenius who took months to find a cure. So what are the chances that anyone else among the one percent of survivors will understand anything of what he did to create the cure (and with only one vial of cured blood to work from)?

Det alternativa och alltså oändligt mycket bättre slutet:


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