I Am Legend Alternate Ending

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Do you prefer the original ending to I Am Legend, or the Alternate Ending?

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  1. NickKmet

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  2. TheNesMan

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    Yeah this one doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. He had to perish for it to work for me.
     
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  3. bob

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    This is reminiscent of the book's ending, and I like how that worked out way better than how the movie originally ended.

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    I never read the book, but I read the Wikipedia article on it and got the gist of it from that. Basically in the book, he (Dr. Neville) comes to realize that the zombies are actually social creatures and aren't just flesh-hungry monsters. Though by the time he comes to this conclusion, he's become an enemy to them. Though they have a distinct social structure and can communicate, to Neville the zombies are nothing. He ends up getting captured by the zombies and gets executed. The book apparently portrays Neville as the monster in the end. He's the last one of his kind, the freak, and he's hunting the zombies as if they were nothing. That's why I like the book's ending more, and thus this alternate ending a little more. In this alternate ending, he realizes that the zombies are actually conscious and aware of their surroundings, which I think is key to the psychological part of the story. What I like most about the book is how Neville is seen as the bad guy because of the things he's done to the zombies, when he's the anti-social one who vehemently hunts them down. Plus, I think the execution just cements the story and puts closure to it. I don't like the fact that he survives, but apparently he realizes that his cure isn't really a cure at all, since the zombies accept what they are. In any case, that's my two cents.

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    So yeah, I like the alternate ending much better than the original, simply because it reflects the book's story a tad bit better.
     
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  4. Rekkie7

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    Yeah despite the fact he doesn't die I do like that he feels guilt for what he's done.
     
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    Still not as good as the books ending.
     
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    Both still suck compared to the book ending, but at least the alternate ending relfects the books character more, instead of CHANGING THE MEANING of the entire book.
     
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    Seeing as how the movie was nothing like the book how does it even make sense that the book's ending would fit in the fucking movie?

    The movie was good for what it was. The book- sadly- was just barely passable as a sci-fi/horror/thriller.
     
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  8. Tylzen

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    Well of what I can read from the book ending (never read the entire book, nor did I know there was any).
    But the book ending sounds a lot better.

    Next to that the alternate ending is a lot better, beside the fact that they are crossing a bridge (since all bridges were destroyed as I recall).
     
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    Yeah, because I was obviously talking about putting the original book ending in that abomination of a film. I bet you didn't even like No Country For Old Men because it was an accurate adaption to the book.

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  10. MikeyVassallo

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    Thank God, please ignore me. Would you do me a favor and go away too?
     
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  12. NickKmet

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    I agree with Stalfros. The alternate ending on this movie just doesn't fit. Yeah, its more true to the book, but seriously, the movie was nothing like the book. Doctor Neville is not portrayed the same way in the movie as in the book. The audience sympathizes with him and his situation. Also, the fact that throughout the movie, the zombies are not characterized as having much of a society - so all of a sudden showing them to have a human mentality makes no sense to me. It simply doesn't fit the way the story was presented in the movie.
     
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  13. bob

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    I totally agree with this statement. In the movie, he's the hero. In the book, his character does not have those traits.

    I disagree with this. I think the zombies are given a certain sense of social functions, you just don't pick up on it very much because it's not as important. Clearly, the zombies exhibit some social structure because they live and hunt in groups. Also, when Neville captured the female zombie, the male came out and risked his own safety to show that he was angry. Though Neville didn't interpret it this way, I think it showed that the zombies weren't as "de-evolved" as Neville says they were.

    You're right in that the book in no way reflects the movie. My main issue is that compared to the book, the movie's story is lackluster, especially the ending. The original ending left a horrible taste in my mouth, though it did touch a lot on the kind of psychological effects Neville was going through, which I thought was great.

    Sure, it might be wrong to compare the book and the movie, but to me if you're making a movie based off a book, they should be similar. Here, the difference seems staggering.

    But maybe I'm just nit-picking.

    And I still think that the alternate ending is better because Neville comes to realize something fundamental about the zombies. He learns something instead of considering them as killing machines. This is so much better to me than the original ending because he isn't the "hero." The abrupt turn-around just made it better for me.
     
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