Taken a lot of inspiration from I AM LEGEND while writing my script. Mainly because there are a lot of zombie / infection / vampire films that focus on the violence, gore and death. The audience doesn’t really care about the story or the characters. We’re really just there to see some zombies get shot up and see some people get mauled.
Which is really fun, but I enjoy I am Legend a lot more than other infection films for the fact that it isn’t violence for the sake of violence and action. The violence in I am Legend is actually natural and necessary, which is pretty rare.
We aren’t so disconnected from Robert Neville, and we relate to him more as a person because he isn’t so immoral and blood thirsty that he becomes sadistic. Of course on top of that he’s also dealing with the psychology of being completely alone, haunted by the death of his wife and daughter. Which was also really interesting to see.
Robert Neville’s morality in a nutshell; He’s testing his cures on the infected. He perceives the infected as being completely animalistic, no higher brain function, no ability to love or feel any emotion. He later finds out his views are totally wrong and he’s actually been more of a monster than the monsters themselves.
Some people prefer action over story, I’ve not a problem with that. Unlike a lot of other film students I do love the Transformer and Fast and Furious films (which I get a lot of abuse for) but my own opinion, I do think deeper stories and interesting characters make for a more enjoyable experience.