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The Omega Man
The World Is Dead. One Survivor. Then The Others. Crawling In Darkness. The Strangest Sect Of All. *Hunting The Last Man On Earth.*
Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic.
Not one of my favorite Sci-Fi Classics due in part to it being "extremely dated" and the mutant make up jobs were truly appalling to the point it took me out of the film!
I very much enjoyed the beginning of the film when Neville (Charlton Heston) was alone and we saw through his eyes how he dealt with his lonely existence! His visit to the car dealership, the movie theater playing Woodstock were quite touching and helped set the mood and overall tone of the film! I especially got a kick out of his interactions with the mannequins!
It also should be noted this film was one of the first films to depict a kiss between a white man…
Why I watched this one? Although Charlton Heston is mostly known for his biblical classics...Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments....he had one heck of a science fiction run too. The Omega Man was made after two Planet of the Apes movies and before Soylent Green. Since it has been years since I saw The Omega Man...I figured it was time to check it out again.
What is this one about? Heston plays a doctor who struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. Heston takes over the role first played by Vincent Price and later played by Will Smith in I Am Legend.
My thoughts on this one? The Omega Man seemed to…
Sometimes it can be just little things you remember about a film from many many years ago. I was around ten when I watched this with my dad late one night around 1978 or 79'. I was young, I got scared by things like Dr Who and this film left me with nightmares.
Looking back it does have some creepy moments in it, but it's hardly spine-chilling. Science fiction or horror movies from the seventies were all about atmosphere. They had scores that echoed what you saw on screen and this one by Ron Grainer had that tingly combo organ sound that Ray Manzarek of "The Doors" perfected so eloquently. It works well and along with Jerry Goldsmith's score for…
Early scenes with Charlton Heston roaming through an abandoned Los Angeles machine-gunning albinos are terrific. I can't think of a better actor than Heston to convey this kind of solitude because he doesn't play up the sadness or the poignancy of it - it almost seems like he enjoys being alone, until you realize that's impossible, and that he sits through Woodstock for the 800th time and plays chess with a dummy because he doesn't have anything better to do (by the way, is there a more potent cultural stew than Charlton Heston sitting in an empty movie theater lip-syncing Woodstock and wielding a rifle? We're all just people, maaan).
The movie falters a bit when it comes to the…
The first third of this movie might be one of my all-time favorite first thirds of any movie. Charlton Heston, last man on Earth(ish), losing his mind, talking to himself, playing dress-up, shooting random mutants (From his cold dead hand!), watching WOODSTOCK in an abandoned L.A. movie theater -- does it get any better and sadder than that?
Okay, so Matthias and The Brotherhood represent the militant counter-culture; somewhere along the lines of the Black Panthers or the Yippies.
And Chuck Heston is the everyday Joe. Sure, maybe he likes his whiskey, but he ain't no hophead!
So that makes Rosalind Cash and her sect the baby-boomer-peace-hippies who used to be normies, but now they're infected with the horrible ideas of those long-haired freaks. They'll turn into shiftless layabouts any day unless Chuck can save them!
All muddled politics aside, The Omega Man is still a lot of fun. Funny to think the interracial kiss was such a big fucking deal at the time.
A poor adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 horror novel, I Am Legend, where everything is just a little too groovy and Charlton Heston does enough scenery chewing to feed an army of groovy zombie type people, man.
A disappointing film based on Richard Matheson's superb novella, "I Am Legend". Charlton Heston notwithstanding, this film fails with a trite, ridiculous script and weak direction from Boris Sagal. The story certainly has a lot of possibilities for interesting reinterpretation but none of them make it onscreen in this film. The first five minutes show great promise but rapidly descends into trite, heavy-handed social commentary.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I haven't seen "I am Legend." At some point I will. But I have to admit, after watching "The Last Man on Earth" and now "Omega Man," I don't have any greater taste for the idea. This may be a story suffering from what I think of as the Robin Hood Syndrome, which is to say a plot so simple that making a movie out of it should be easy, but still manages to get messed up every time.
Omega Man starts promisingly enough with Charlton Heston cruising the city, working out, looking for clothes, hunting zombie creeps. And it takes another step in the right direction with the introduction of a badass woman protagonist, Rosalind Cash. Then the movie…
It may be the least faithful adaptation of Richard Matheson's masterpiece I Am Legend to date, but damn if this movie isn't a lot of fun anyway. It's seriously one of the funniest things I've ever seen (and I say that with great affection), with the Heston running around blowing up albino disco vampires and wooing babes. Maybe you have to be there. But you should be! It's great. With the notable exception of the grim dark ending. They changed almost everything else about the novel, why keep that? It's just out of step with the otherwise joyously ridiculous tone of the rest of THIS film.
This have to be one of the most bored films of the whole history. By Charlton Heston i've assumed this could be a nice sci-fi movie, but it's not even entertaining. The plot was good and promising, but the acting and directing was pretty awful. This is another film to my list of "Why i have watched this terrible film?"
Yeah yeah, after all my hootin' and hollering' about Will Smith's take, this doesn't really follow the book either, after about the first third. And I could've done without the jive talkin' dialogue, which dates the film even more than Heston's wardrobe. But for all that, I actually think the badguys are better explained here than in the book, and their actions (though now with different motivation) make more sense. I liked Heston more than Smith too; decent acting, not so much painful capital-A-Acting (where I might have expected the reverse). Ultimately, probably the weakest of the Charlton Heston dystopic future flicks, but pretty solid for all that.
While "The Omega Man" is the most loosely adapted film version of the novel I Am Legend, it is strangely the best adaptation so far. The I Am Legend adaptations have never been short on star power with Vincent Price in "The Last Man on Earth" and Will Smith in "I Am Legend", but "The Last Man on Earth" was just depressing and "I Am Legend" was undone by the stupid reshot ending that went againist everything the movie had done up to that point. "The Omega Man" has tension and optimism along with a unique 70's vibe. Also villains are luddites that are also kind of albino plague vampires. Show me another movie that has that, I dare you!
An army doctor struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.
Classic doomsday thriller, by now no doubt a cult movie.
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