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I Am Legend alternate ending

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMar 5, 2008 6:00 PM


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A while back I wrote about the movie "I Am Legend", saying it was really good right up until the last five minutes, which were a putrescent pile of gentle steaming waste matter. Turns out an alternate ending was filmed. While it's not perfect, it's about a bazillion times better than what was released in the theater. It's out on YouTube Gametrailers. Warning: may be a little intense for the kiddies. I like this one better for many reasons. The ending that was released was way too mystical for no reason; it was added on as a feel-good Hollywood ending that ruined the entire movie. This one isn't quite as grim as I would have liked, but it's not a fairy tale ending. Also, the zombies' intelligence was already established in the movie, so this isn't too much of a deviation from that direction. I think the movie-going public can handle ambiguous endings, scary endings, even depressing endings. This cut would have been a (baby) step in the right direction.

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