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‘I Am Legend’ Alternate Ending… For Better or Worse?

/Film has a sneak peek at an alternate ending for the Will Smith blockbuster, I Am Legend. It’s from the upcoming DVD release later this month, and it’s sure to be just as divisive as the one released in theaters. Spoilers ahead, although if you haven’t already seen this latest film version of the classic Richard Matheson novel, you’re not really a film fan anyway. You should maybe be browsing EW.com instead…

*SPOILER WARNING*

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The theatrical ending was an unsuccessful mash-up of hope and tragedy. A hopeful future for mankind, but a tragic end for one man. Personally, I liked Neville’s demise… it was necessary for both the character and the film. I hated the overall “happy” ending though, with a cure for humanity nestled safely in the walls of a Christian compound. Lame and insulting. This new ending is both better and worse because it flips the two scenarios. Neville lives, although I still don’t believe he wants to or should. But on the bright side, there is no cure and humanity is doomed. Yay!

Sound Off: What do you think of this ending? Better or worse?

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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