I Am Legend

New this month Question: Was Anna telling the truth when she said she was a survivor, or had she been sent from the refugee colony for Neville's blood sample, because when he gave it to her he told her "I know this is what you came for"?

Question: Did just New York get contaminated or did the rest of the world get infected?

Chosen answer: The whole world is infected.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Rumour has it, that one of the mannequin moves its eyes, now I have noticed that Frank moves in 'the trap on Robert Neville' scene, but I was specifically told that one of the eyes move. Now I have a few questions for this: firstly, is this the truth, or false? Secondly, if this is true, which mannequin moves its eyes? Lastly, is this a figure of Robert Neville's mental breakdown?

Chosen answer: All of the incidents involving the mannequins show how he is starting to breakdown a little mentally. The female mannequin "moves" her eyes.

Question: How did Will Smith hook up the radio? Did he use electricity? He can't have used a generator, that would have created too much noise. Also why is he on a dock? Wouldn't a higher place be more suitable? Is it just for effect?

Sarah Hicks

Chosen answer: He's been in New York for a few years now since the break out, ample time to scavenge any radio broadcast stations for equipment and probably cannibalize them at his home. That or just set up a power source at a radio station and set it to broadcast. The details are not shown in the movie. And the dock is the most logical place for people to come to given the safety of the sea, as well as many ships were loaded with survivors that were to stay out for a while and then return. Likely to come to the docks. Or anybody else that was traveling across the nation might avoid a land route as it's safer to go by boat on water. And don't forget this is New York, most of the city is surrounded by water anyway.

Quantom X

Question: I might have missed it, but in the scene where Neville is watching his wife and daughter evacuate New York, what exactly caused the other helicopter to spin out of control and crash into Neville's family's helicopter? Was it the fighters bombing the bridge, or the people hanging onto the out-of-control helicopter?

Chosen answer: It was the people hanging onto the helicopter (combined with the already hazardous conditions).

Jason Hoffman

Question: **END OF MOVIE SPOILER WARNING**At the end of the film, Will Smith dramatically sacrifices himself with a grenade, just after telling Anna and Ethan to hide until dawn. However, they are currently below ground in his basement, meaning no natural light. Wouldn't this mean that any Zombies surviving the grenade would still be able to attack Ethan & Anna?

Chosen answer: He may have installed an escape tunnel in the old coal chute. Being a virologist, he'd know the protocol of having two exits from every lab. Therefore they could have escaped out the top of the coal chute once it got bright. Also, the implication is that the main mutant was only after Robert. Once he (and Robert) was dead, they wouldn't have bothered chasing Anna.


Question: Dogs are immune to the disease being airborne, how did they ever get infected then? Did the infected humans bite the dogs? Seems an odd thing to do as that would likely mean the lions and deer would also be infected. 2. Why did the head mutant allow Will Smith to live (alternate ending)? Once he's got his mate back why didn't he just kill them? Was it a sign of mutual respect? Why don't they show that compassion when they first appeared? Smith takes the head mutant's mate, so in return the head mutant kills his dog and best friend, trashes his lab and destroys his research and stops any progress of a cure that Smith had made. Why not go the extra mile and just kill him, as they basically made humans extinct by doing that? The Darkseekers are smart as we know (setting traps and so on) so why not kill them now, as the next night the Darkseekers are going to search for him again and he doesn't have that big defence anymore. Seems rather pointless to let him live another day.


Chosen answer: 1) the cure was probably tested on animals before being let out into the public. 2) torture, they killed his dog and any possibility of curing the virus. Killing him would have stopped the suffering.

Question: The question is if all the bridges and tunnels to Manhattan are destroyed, how does one drive from New York to The Colony in Vermont? How do Anna and Ethan drive to Manhattan to meet Robert Neville in the first place?

Chosen answer: In the alternative ending Dr.Neville, Anna and Ethan are seen driving a car over a bridge that wasn't destroyed. The army would need to leave a entry/exit point, but it would have been heavily guarded until everyone died.

Question: I might have missed it but, how exactly did Robert Neville become immune to the virus?

Chosen answer: He didn't become immune, he simply *was* immune. The reason for his immunity was the point of his research.

JC Fernandez

With the odds so long against immunity, isn't it a little... convenient that America's greatest virologist just happens to be immune to the virus that has all but wiped out mankind?

Question: During the mutant attack on the house Will Smith enters an upstairs room and we see what appears to be part of an arm dripping blood. What is this or who owns it? It doesn't appear to be the mutant who attacks straight afterward as he appears uninjured and free of any blood.

Chosen answer: It's not an arm, it a part of the metal plate covering the window.

Mortug Premium member

Question: Why are lots of skyscrapers and other buildings in Manhattan covered in large plastic foil ?


Chosen answer: The Krippin virus was highly lethal and contagious. When it got airborne, the army had to quarantine these buildings.

Question: When Sam is turning into an infected, and Neville is holding on to her, she is trying to kill Neville and the shot goes to a close-up of him, and after the close-up he lets go of Sam and she just rolls away motionless. What I don't know is, did Neville break her neck or did he suffocate her or did the medicine he gave her kill her?

Chosen answer: He strangles her.


Question: Before Neville is caught in the Darkseekers' trap, you see the "Fred" mannequin from Neville's viewpoint when he's still driving the car. Is it just my imagination, or is "Fred" actually moving like/being played by a human actor? Wouldn't be a mistake as we're seeing through Neville's eyes (and his inevitable mental breakdown), but this is bugging me all the same.

Chosen answer: Yes, he does move. As you said, we're seeing this through Neville's eyes and it's done to show he's on the verge of a breakdown.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Why did Robert Neville killed Sam? He could used her for future experiments. I know that maybe because he loved her he wouldn't used her, but he is a scientist and he knows that a recently infected being is worth study.

Chosen answer: Neville cared too much about Sam to let her live out her life as an infected. He wanted to save her from being one of them, so he killed her to save her.

Brad Premium member

Question: When the mutant dogs attack Will Smith why doesn't the mutant man also join in the attack?

Chosen answer: Only the infected dogs can come out at dusk. The human Dark Seekers cannot.

Answer: He left the dogs to do the job because they can do more damage.

Question: Why was the leader of the mutants so mad at Neville?

Chosen answer: The leader of the mutants is mad at Neville because the mutant that Neville captures to experiment on was its mate. That's why, when she first gets captured, the leader gives Neville an evil look before running back into the building.

Jack Kaltenbach

Question: Can we be sure that the "trap" set for Smith wasn't just bad luck? Is there proof that the infected set it up that way? I thought that it was just a coincidence that he got stuck, at first.

Chosen answer: No, it wasn't a coincidence that an inanimate object found itself halfway across town right next to a snare trap.

Phixius Premium member

Question: After his failed deer hunting expedition, when he is going into his apartment, he is pouring a bottle of something on the staircase and sidewalk of his apartment. I want to know, what is that stuff and why is he pouring it out?

luke skyjogger

Chosen answer: When John grabs supplies from the cabinet, before he goes to rent a movie, you can see bottles of vinegar next to the ammunition. He pours that out to hide their scent.

Question: What are the infected humans doing when they are huddled up together when Will Smith first finds them in the abandoned building? Are they sleeping? But then how is the deer killed?

Chosen answer: When Sam chased the deer into the bank, Robert was terrified. Yet his love for Sam outweighed those fears and he enters the bank anyway. As he is looking for Sam he encounters the deer lying on the ground (now dead) As he peers around the corner he sees one of the infected feasting on the entrails of the deer. He continues to look for Sam and it is then that he finds a hive of infected "sleeping" within a bank vault.

Question: When Will Smith enters the abandoned apartment looking for survivors, etc., he opens a cupboard to find some Spam. When he opens the cupboard, there is a magazine cover saying "Dogs can come out at dusk". I have two questions. One, why can the dogs come out at dusk and the infected humans can't? And two, when the encounter with Fred occurs, and the dogs are waiting for the strip of light to fade so they can kill Robert, is that the reason why the infected human hiding in the shadows could not come out? Because they cannot come out at dusk?

Chosen answer: The newspaper page says "Infected dogs can come out at dusk. Stay in the light". My guess is that dogs can come out sooner because their physiology is just different. You're absolutely correct that it is the reason the dogs are out and the infected are hiding in the building waiting for the last ray of light to fade. The only reason the newspaper clipping exists is to set up this scene.

Question: How is it that the disease could infect dogs too, and turn them into the same thing as infected humans? At the beginning of the movie, it is stated that the virus that killed everyone arose from a specially bioengineered treatment for cancer, which mutated into the deadly virus. But dogs can't get a lot of the diseases that infect humans. Did the disease really mutate far enough so that it affected dogs that way too, or did people want their pets cured of cancer, or what? Even if the disease was able to infect the dogs, it seems strange that it would affect them the same way as it does humans.

Chosen answer: When the woman who created the cancer treatment is being interviewed at the beginning of the movie, she states that the original virus used to create the cure was the measles. Human Measles are in a family of virus called paramyxovirus. This same family contains the canine virus distemper. So they are very closely related to one another. The virus was then modified in a way that was not stated so that it could deliver cancer therapy. After that, since the patients in the clinical trial were initially cured of cancer (stated in the same interview), the virus must have mutated in order to turn humans into night seekers. Then, in order for the virus to become airborne it must have mutated yet again. So, it is not hard to believe that it would be able to infect both species after a virus coming from a family that is already known to infect both species has been changed 3 or more times. This might also explain why the virus is slightly different in dogs, e.g. Dogs can't catch the airborne strain, and dogs can come out at dusk while night seekers must wait for full dark.

Question: During the scene when his family is leaving, why does Robert Neville insist on staying on the island? Wouldn't he have knowledge of a better site or safer lab area since he is of military background? Even when the girl asks him to come to the colony, he insists that ground zero is his site. Is he just staying there because he's familiar with his own lab? Couldn't he have brought equipment with him to the colony?

Chosen answer: Two possibilities. One: Because he IS a military scientist, they may be planning to evacuate him to a different site than the refugees. Two: he may still be working with others in New York to find a cure, but getting his family out while he can is still a priority.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: The trap in which Robert Neville got caught could not have possibly be set by some over aggressive mutants. Installing such a trap would have required not only human abilities (which Robert Neville said they completely lack) but also a lot of patience, advanced planning and the use of tools. The level of aggressiveness shown by the mutants excludes any possibility that they could be patient enough to set such a trap. For me there was no doubt in my mind that the trap was either set by: 1. Robert Neville himself, and then he forgot due to a deteriorating mental state 2. Another survivor from New York who wanted to catch animals or mutants for whatever reason. How likely does it sound that the trap was set by another survivor?

Cristian Enache

Chosen answer: The point the movie makes (and is backed up more in the alternate ending) is that Neville was wrong about mutants. They DO have the ability to plan and use tools and other higher thought process abilities. So they did set the trap for Neville. Neville thought they were monsters, when it was he who the monster. He just did not realise his presumptions about them were wrong until the end.

New this week Answer: All possible yes...but again as Neville surmises in Matheson's novel the infected ones are mutating too.

Question: Is the scene where Will smith recites all the movie dialogue while it is playing in the original Richard Matheson novel, or was it just a homage to The Omega man (where Charlton Heston does something similar)?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: It's an homage to the Omega Man.

Grumpy Scot

Question: How did Anna save Robert on the night he tried to kill himself by fighting the zombies in his car? It was seen that the zombies knocked his car over and suddenly there was a blinding white light. The next scene shows Anna driving a half conscious Robert back.

Chosen answer: The obvious assumption is that she used a UV light to kill or drive off the darkseekers, then pulled Neville from the SUV.

Jason Hoffman

New this week Answer: OR - the other possible scenario based on Matheson's source novel: Ruth. She is a ranking officer in the "new society" of living vampires and can tolerate light. Anna could be a parallel figure to Ruth whose only purpose is to get the cure which she does.

Question: I don't know New York's geography, so I'll not post this as a mistake. But is it possible that after 3 years there are deers and tigers and lions roaming around the city? Where could these animals come from?

Chosen answer: New York has a number of zoos from which these animals could have escaped.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I know someone else asked something like this, but how did deer get there? I've never seen a zoo with any and New York City is on an island.

Chosen answer: Just because you've never seen one at a zoo doesn't mean they don't exist there. But petting zoos are known to have young deer... They grow quickly. Or perhaps the deer came from an animal testing facility. Or perhaps they were just being transported through the island when the crisis struck. Or perhaps it's because deer repopulate at above average rates. (Manhattan did have deer back in the day... They got there somehow).

JC Fernandez

Question: Why were people hanging off the helicopter?

Chosen answer: They were desperately trying to escape the city.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Question: If Neville knew that the Dark-seekers couldn't get through UV light, how come he didn't rig his home up with UV lights in case of an emergency, or his car for that matter?

Answer: It's likely a question of availability. We see he did in fact rig lights to use as a last resort. We also see that he spends most of his time searching for supplies in the city, so he was likely using whatever he had available.

Jason Hoffman

Question: How did Anna get into Neville's house after she rescued him? I understand how she got to the house, but if he was unconscious or delirious how was she able to enter the premises with the locks and traps all set up?

New this week Answer: As mentioned previously Anna parallels the Ruth character in the source novel. These plot holes left for us by sceenwriter Protosevich are ingenious...I am truly surprised that so few people have noticed these parallels. Anna gets in because she is a vampire herself albeit she has changed and is part of a new society - perhaps the one in Vermont.

Answer: The easy answer is that it's a plot hole. We can, however, speculate that Robert Neville himself guided Anna and Ethan inside the fortified home; but Neville just doesn't remember it because he was, as you mentioned, injured and delirious. The progression of the film from his rescue until he regains consciousness is solely from Neville's point of view, and he obviously had a memory lapse.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: This pertains to the special 2-disk dvd that has the alternate ending. In the alternate ending, Neville and Anna are driving on a bridge in his SUV. Didn't all the bridges get destroyed 3 years ago? Seems like a mistake to me.

Chosen answer: Since the scene was deleted from the film, it can't be considered a mistake. It's an extra feature on the DVD, not part of the film itself.


Question: Who moved the mannequin to the snare trap? Was it Will Smith's character who did it, but couldn't remember because of his fragile mental state or was it someone else?

Chosen answer: The creatures, or at least the creature that seemed to be in charge, and copied what Will Smith did earlier, did it. This showed that his theory of them being mindless was wrong.


Question: How did they manage to film the deserted New York city scenes? Was it a mixture of studio/CGI work?

Chosen answer: They actually shut down and cleared the streets in New York to film some of these scenes. in an interview with an Australian Magazine Will Smith admits he was not very popular after doing this and recieved "a lot of middle fingers".


Question: Near the end of the film, what was the "zombie" who was on the roof trying to do? was he trying to get out? Make a bigger hole for others to come in? I didn't get this part.

Chosen answer: He was making a hole big enough for the others to get in. When the final "assault" happens, you see all of the zombie/mutants climbing up the building, presumably to get into that hole.

Gary O'Reilly



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