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The Omega Man February 8, 2009

Posted by spencerd in books, movies/tv, science fiction.
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One of my fav films from my childhood was/is “The Omega Man,” starring Charlton Heston as Dr. Robert Neville.  For kicks, I bought it on blu-ray for 12 bucks or something like that.  It was cool seeing it in such clarity, especially the downtown scenes.  I have to admit, though, that the scenes with “The Family” at night and in their hive were TOO clear!  it takes away from some of the mysteriousness of the film.  Anyway,  I thought I would post why this movie, as 70’ish as it may be, is a superior film to “I am Legend,” that came out last year.

1.  The idea that the mutants are simply people who are slowly dying from radiation sickness and can’t stand the light is much more believable than cartoon super-zombies who can move like the flash,

2. Finding Rosalind Cash in the store is much more life-like and believable than a woman just happening to find you when you’re about to get killed by zombies.

3. The woodstock scene says more about what the movie is trying to say than anything in the Smith movie.

4. The final Christ image is more powerful than anything in the Smith movie, although I am glad they didn’t try to replicate it.

There you have it.  My expert opinion.




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