I AM LEGEND Full of Great Themes

I’m not a movie critic and won’t pretend to be one, but I am a fan of a good story. I know this blog is about books and writing but at it’s very base, writing is telling a good story. Last night my wife and I saw I AM LEGEND. I had read some reviews here before seeing it and was interested to come to my own conclusions. Being a writer I’m always looking for themes in stories and this one is ripe with theme.

I won’t tell you about the story, you can see the movie, read the book (which I hear is great and will be getting a copy), or just read reviews you find online, but what I will tell you is that there are so many Christian themes running through this movie one might think the book was written for a Christian audience.

Some of them include:
The degeneration of man’s souls as a result of sin. And how, because of this degeneration, he loves the darkness more than Light. And how salvation from the degeneration and the resulting regeneration and healing can only come through the blood and one man’s ultimate sacrifice. There are references to God’s sovereignty and the one character who is obviously a Christian is not portrayed as some wide-eyed, loud-mouthed, wacko (finally!) but a level-headed female who winds up being right in the end.

Anyway, for a good, entertaining movie (scary, yes, and very suspenseful, but little to no profanity and no promiscuity) with some good themes, I recommend this one highly.


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Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on December 29, 2007, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I just caught the movie two days ago. I enjoyed it immensely (I didnt watch it with preconceived notions of what it might be like) and I, too, noticed (and enjoyed) the Christian references. Even the use of Bob Marley’s song… “every little thing, is gonna be alright…” represents hope. And of course Marley was a born-again Christian too. Anyway I just wanted to share my thoughts and I wanted to echo your sentiments about the movie. Thanks!


  2. The book is great but since most of your appreciation of the movie seems to hinge on the Chritian themes you saw in it you may not like the book as much.It touchs on sexual issues, the Christian character does not feature in the book at all and while regeneration of society occurs it is of a darker kind than the movie. I wouldn’t say don’t read it but don’t go in expecting the movie to be a reflection of what you’ll find.


  3. I am also very used to analyzing movies and books. I thought the movie was actually about racism. The maniquins being symbols of average citzens who would not speak to him because he is black, the female maniq. in the video store he said to “please speak to him” (stemming from the fact that many white females did not date black guys), and his references to bob marleys civil rights movement/songs. In effect, racism isolates people of color from society, as he was walking around the city alone. The infection being racism, and those infected coming after him all the time, and him looking to cure the city of racism.


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