What would you do in I am Legend

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Post by White Bear » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:35 pm

FilmGal wrote: OK, I've probably geeked out enough here.

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I would have shot my dog as soon as he became infected, and not walked into that obvious trap. If Frank was real all this time, I would have shot him for ignoring me everyday.
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Post by Packin' Heat » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:28 pm

FilmGal wrote:photographer strobe units (many of which run off of batteries, which are nice and quiet), and setting up as many of them as you can find to go off at 2-3 second intervals with the goal of blinding and disorienting the zombies.

OMG, can you imagine looking into a field of strobe lights. would totally blind them. ofcourse I suppose they could close their eyes and just run into them one at a time.
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Post by antennafarm » Sat Mar 08, 2008 5:47 pm

Assuming I were staying in Manhatten and felt like researching a cure:

Low profile is good. Stockpiling is good. Pet dog is good.

I wouldn't carry a messenger bag. Something about that size, but on the back/lumbar. LBE w/ a buttpack or something.

If I saw my buddy mannequin had moved, I'd get the fuck out of the area. Or use heavier weaponry to shoot at it.

Since apparently military grade weaponry isn't a problem (he fired his M4 full auto, didn't he?), I'd carry a couple frag grenades with me for situations like stumbling around in the dark and finding a pack of bad CGI vampires doing...something. I couldn't tell if they were eating or hibernating or circle jerking, but in any case, damage.

I wouldn't run on a treadmill. Waste of power AND it's nothing like running on the ground, anyways.

I'd stay an atheist (it was implied that he "saw the light" at the end, right? or was that just a bullshit fate turnaround, regardless of the status of a big man in the sky).

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Post by Valarius » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:16 am

I'd like to give props to Filmgal for bringing up a very detailed post about a detail in a plan that I really did not think too much about during the movie, while giving us a very clear and detailed warning why it would be a Very Bad Idea to carry out that plan. HMI lights - filters = skin burns and cancer. Yeesh.

Anyway. I'm going to fantasize out about the house, since I like that.

I wonder about the building he was living in. There were way too many floors and way too many heavy-duty shutters for Neville to put them all up. I wonder if he actually lived with some people during the first weeks and months that put up Fort Neville, and maybe they all died somehow. There's way too many planned preparations and setups for one guy to do in a 12 hour period of daylight. Why were there no shutters on the outside of the doors and windows? Two lines of protection that the vampires have got to rip off, and it isn't built. If there is C4 in loaded cars around the building, why isn't the house more reinforced to withstand it? Windows covered with cement bricks, etc.?

The armory is also done wrong. Why would there only be one gun rack at the bottom next to the main entrance, the one spot in the entire place most likely to be breached first? Why only M16s, for that matter. I would have been scavenging as many useable firearms as I could find and hanging them on the walls. Screw digging through an umbrella stand.

The lab didn't look that secure. Two wrist and a chest restraint? I would have had my "patients" strapped down by the head, chin, chest, stomach, legs, shins, ankles, arms, forearms, hands AND wrists with a dash of a five-point seatbelt restraint if I knew they were trying to kill me. I didn't notice, was Neville wearing gloves at all? Maybe I would have set up one HMI as a failsafe, and an armored corner to hide in.

How did Neville do his laundry? Desalinate ocean water, or collect rain water, or what? Using what machines on what power with what soap? How did he keep the place so clean? Rugs need regular vaccuming.
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Post by Bubba Enfield » Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:34 pm

camlost wrote:I would have shot my dog as soon as he became infected.
Perhaps not, if she was the only surviving member of your family.
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Post by zombieslayr112 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:49 pm

I'd do several things differently. First no big house, somthing small and easly defendable. guns would also be more numerouse. and I'd also not have a lab in the basement. Possibly fortify a Semi Truck for movement.
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Post by jafo » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:21 am

You'rer overlooking all the military types that were there and presumably died. PLENTY of foraging for food (MREs with shelf life of years) and ammo, weapons.
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Guns and ammo? There's two stores in lower Manhattan, with very little of either. Liability, ya know. A few boxes of rifle ammo at most. Post-ban mags, a mix of pistol ammo and that's about it. The one uptown store is Berretta's, more like a gun library with rows of Perazzi's, Browning Superposeds, and other obscure single shot trap guns. Plenty of #7 1/2 shot and orange clays, if that's what you want. The sun never set in NY.

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Post by AaronLeft » Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:14 pm

I agree on the weapons storage. As children getting into them would not be an issue, I would personally have them stashed all over like the friggin easter bunny. As far as living arrangements? How about a rowboat to a sail boat/ motorboat on the river, that is assuming the baddies cant swim. Things get too dicey, weigh anchor and simply go further into the river or even open ocean for that matter.

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Post by jafo » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:08 pm

I like the way you think, Aaron.

Of course, there was mention of the Navy doing something similar, and it didn't work too well for them.

I really think sheltering in place is a Very Bad Idea when zombies are about, especially if they're not of the shuffling, brainless hoard variety.

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Post by codydn » Fri Mar 14, 2008 8:41 pm

One of the things I would have done(if I were in that spot) would to stick a couple lights in that little room he had in his lab. It took a lot to break it, and by that time, the room would have been lit up and free of the "nightstalkers"

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Post by FilmGal » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:47 pm

codydn wrote:One of the things I would have done(if I were in that spot) would to stick a couple lights in that little room he had in his lab. It took a lot to break it, and by that time, the room would have been lit up and free of the "nightstalkers"
He did a really horrible job rigging the lights that he did use.

He easily could have just placed 575 and 1200 watt HMIs throughout his home (they operate on house current which he seemed to have plenty of), removed the safety glass, made a safe room which was shielded from the UV radiation, and stashed welders goggles all over to protect his eyes from retinal burns to give him long enough to get to the safe room.

For the outdoor lighting plan, he could have used four or five 25,000 watt Lighting Strikes units mounted on top of his home which would have given him 360 deg. coverage surrounding his house. Since battery packs are available, he could have rigged them to run off of the batteries which would have given him long enough to fire up a generator to take over for the battery packs.

Keeping in mind it was only a movie, the zombies reaction to light was inconsistent. The zombie dogs refused to cross that little patch of late afternoon sun to attack him, but at night the zombies had no problem running headlong into the lights to knock them over even though the intensity of those lights was greater than that little patch of sunlight.

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Post by Trigger » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:32 pm

still haven't seen the movie... looking forward to it coming out Tuesday.
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Post by Vampire » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:20 am

I'dd find a bed for me and my dog to sleep in.
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Post by The Commander » Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:03 pm

If creating a race of zombies didn't give me a guilty conscience, I of course, would try to get rid of ALL of them. It didn't look like they reproduce. I would then try to get to a location least likely to be affected, hopefully in some kind of armored vehicle.
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Post by marzpan » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:09 pm

Ok I just saw this yesterday so I can weigh in. Last Man on Earth is at least useful to watch for posterity's sake. But even as a stand alone this movie didn't offer much.

I really like Will Smith, but even great actors can't save a movie that is just plain poorly written. The pseudo-survivalism is going to appeal to people who rely on looting rather than preparedness. Where the world magically becomes a free for all just for them. :roll: Right, we all know that's likely.

Secondly, the movie teases about the socio-psychological aspects of the infected. The infected using traps and dogs implies that they have at least some organizational skills to protect themselves. This means there's a whole other side to the story we didn't get to see. If they delved into it more, the movie might be salvagable. The additional comics on the DVD went into it a tad bit more, but not much.

What would I have done different? Christ, where do I start? I didn't get the sleeping in the bathtub thing. I figured it would be explained in the movie but it never was. I would definitely sleep in a bed. My vehicle(s) would be better fortified against the hordes of hungry infected running on the street. I would have shot the dog THEN cried over it's lifeless body if I needed to. I would have captured more than one to put behind plexiglass to better understand their way of "living" if you can call it that.

A boat is a great idea. A houseboat with a lab that has a trapdoor to the water so once you are done with a specimen then you can dispose of them easier. If I weren't working on a cure, I would have traveled more, for sure. I would have secured the libraries to preserve what's left of human knowledge. No need to have homicidal, aggressive zombies destroy precious information that could be used for rebuilding.

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Post by expeditionwolf » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:28 pm

I would have left the dog in the car for one. And not driven a ford explorer of all things. :roll:
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Post by jafo » Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:55 am

driving the Explorer had no bearing on what happened in the movie. "Use what is available, that does the job". BS about maker of the vehicle, etc, not really applicable.

I assume he had the military engineers help with the setup of his home- after all , he was hunkering down to fight the disease.

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Post by Bubba Enfield » Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:35 am

Just watched it again last night, and it seems clear to me that he's not sleeping in the bathtub. He wakes up in bed, remember? He's just hunkering in the tub, out of fear. So much of this movie is about Neville's psychological deterioration, and here's just another aspect of that. Someone earlier posted that they'd heard of people in bad neighbourhoods taking refuge in the tub when shooting was going on; well there was no shooting in the film, but it's possible that Neville spent part of his childhood doing that with his family, and it was comforting to him.

And someone said they would shoot Sam right away? Without even trying the possible cure you've got at home? When the zombies rise, you can't be on my team. :D

But, like I said previously, his #1 error IMO, was waiting waaay too late to get his family out. It made for good drama in a film, but in real life they should have been upstate at least a week before the quarantine took effect. In this case it wouldn't have saved them, but it would have been the right thing to do.
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Post by CrimsonChaos » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:41 am

Did anyone else notice his mistake of having a SERRATED knife with him? when he stuck himself in the leg woulda died, i mean man! thats gotta HURT!
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Post by jafo » Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:50 pm

CrimsonChaos wrote:Did anyone else notice his mistake of having a SERRATED knife with him? when he stuck himself in the leg woulda died, i mean man! thats gotta HURT!
how do you figure this is a mistake, and how do you figure it's so much more deadly?

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Post by CrimsonChaos » Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:56 pm

ok, dude, a serrated knife having edges on it would have serious resistance while you were trying to pull it out, causing much more pain, while a smooth knife gets the job done just as well, but is easilly pulled off and cleaned, the serrated knife could have PULLED out serious muscles and such, while i smooth knife would not.
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Post by Swoop411 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:18 pm

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Post by Sapient » Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:49 pm

Swoop411 wrote:I found the little Honda generators powering everything far fetched, not to mention carbon monoxide in the enclosed space.
I'd bet Honda paid a pretty penny for that product placement. In fact, anytime you see a brand name in a mainstream movie nowadays, you can be upwards of 90% sure the filmmakers got paid to choose that brand name and to make sure it was prominently visible on screen.

Yet Hollywood execs still have the gall to claim they're losing money hand over fist because of online file sharing.

(Haven't even had the chance to see this movie yet and just the damn previews have enough blatant product placements to piss me off. Okay, rant over now.)

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