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Monday, January 21, 2008

The Legend I'll Never See


About two years ago, while I was still working at Screen Capital, I ran across a movie coming out in 2007 called "I Am Legend." I went to Wikkipedia and read a synopsis of the book, and was totally intrigued by the premise.

Now, I am no fan of zombie movies, or horror books. I hate, Hate, HATE to be scared! But after reading the wikkipedia synopsis, I was utterly taken with the plot of the _I Am Legend_ novel.

The revelation at the end of the novel was fascinating - even profound. It totally reverses on itself and makes the reader's paradigm shift! It offers another view of humankind. Just reading the synopsis blew my mind. I couldn't wait for the movie to come out. But at that time, I was going to have to wait another year.

*Stop* Editor's note: Lest you've seen this movie and think to yourself, "The ending isn't that great. What is she talking about? Please keep reading..*

So I went straight to the library to checkout the book. I got it home and started reading. I only made it halfway through the first chapter. Not because it was poorly written. Not because it was boring. Not even because it had pages torn out. No, I had to take the book back because it was scary. :-/

A few months past, but the novel kept working on my mind. That amazing twist at the end of the novel. That spectacular revelation. I wanted to see how the author moved the readers to that point. How he orchestrated the characters and action. So I found the screenplay on line and tried to read the movie version of the story. But I kept getting interrupted and was unable to finish.

Nearly two years later, the movie has been released. "I want to go see that movie but I think it's too scary," I told Dwayne a few weeks ago.

"Well, it's only PG-13" he said.

"Are you sure? I thought it was rated R."

"Pretty sure!" Dwayne said. Suddenly a glimmer of hope opened on the horizon. Horror films I can't stand. Scary movies - no. But PG-13 couldn't be that bad, right? Maybe, just maybe, I'd get a chance to see this plot twist after all.

Friday night my moment came. I went out with a group of girls to watch 27 Dresses, but the movie sold out and four of us were left without tickets. We stared at the ticker quietly.

"We could see Alvin and the Chipmunks" offered one girl.

"Or The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" said another.

We all frowned.

"Well..." I said hesitantly, "I've always wanted to see I Am Legend."

To my amazement the girls agreed to go. As we walked down the theater aisle we kept saying to one another, "It's only PG-13."

"Yeah, it won't be scary!" said one girl confidently.

We took our seats, the movie opened, and within five minutes my heart was pounding. By 15 minutes all of us were plugging our ears and closing our eyes. By 40 minutes one of the girls walked out.

Two or three times I almost got up to leave myself, but I couldn't go. "I have to see the ending!" I told myself over and over. I knew that if I didn't see this movie through to the end, I would continue to wonder about that fantastic ending for years to come.

So I stayed and I watched and I gasped and I jumped. The man sitting next to me and my friend said, "You guys are ridiculous! You keep jumping at the none scary parts!"

Finally, the end of the movie came. I waited with baited breath to have my mind blown by that profound revelation that had gripped me so many months before in the Wikkipedia synopsis -

- but it never came.

You know why? Because the writers TOOK IT OUT. They rewrote the ending to have a more mainstream, more popular movie ending!!

I couldn't believe it. All that heart-stopping. All that jumping. All those months of starting and stopping the story. All of it for nothing!!

I'm still left puzzling over that wonderful ending, and the legend which I'll never see.

3 Comments:

Blogger Josh said...

Uggghhh. How frustrating!!!

It was an intense movie, and not a good one besides that. :)

I'm curious, out of all the movies to see, couldn't you agree on any one of the following:

Juno
No Country for Old Men
Atonement
There Will Be Blood

#2 and #4 are totally "four girls" acceptable. What happened??

:)

11:04 PM  
Blogger Christin said...

I know Josh! It was a matter of timing, since we had showed up for another movie. We would have totally seen Juno or Atonement, but we didn't want to wait around that long.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous lorraine said...

haha! i'm the one who said "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything". Larry the Cucumber Rocks! And yes, i am legend scared the pants off me.

3:10 PM  

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