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      The Omega Man

      PG Released Aug 1, 1971 1h 38m Sci-Fi List
      65% Tomatometer 34 Reviews 53% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Led by a former TV newscaster (Anthony Zerbe), light-sensitive mutants stalk the last normal man (Charlton Heston) on Earth. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      It may not live up to its classic source material, but The Omega Man transcends its limitations often enough to offer some mildly entertaining post-apocalyptic thrills.

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      Ian Nathan Empire Magazine In adapting Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend, the film loses the original's quiet paranoia and rethink of the vampire theme, but it has quite a lot of gritty flair. Rated: 3/5 Apr 29, 2008 Full Review Chicago Reader Not bad, but far from a classic. Dec 10, 2007 Full Review Variety Staff Variety An extremely literate science-fiction drama. Sep 19, 2007 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand The second screen adaptation of Richard Matheson’s haunting novel ‘I Am Legend’ stars Heston as the last man on Earth (or so he believes) after a plague turns the populace into night-dwelling albino vampires. Aug 19, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews Filmmaker Boris Sagal, working from a script by John William and Joyce H. Corrington, delivers an erratically-paced yet generally entertaining sci-fi endeavor that benefits from Heston's commanding, ingratiating performance... Rated: 2.5/4 Feb 11, 2020 Full Review Chris Alexander Alexander On Film The film s a pretty terrible direct translation of what is one of the easiest-to-adapt-to-screen books I've ever read. But it doesn't want to be the novel. It has something else on its mind. Dec 16, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      kevin o ...Heston is perfect for this kind of role, and the film not perfect is very good start to finish. Corny sure, so what, if you like the description you ll love it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/05/24 Full Review Steve D It has lost most of its effectiveness and is now cheesy. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/01/23 Full Review Anthony J A barely B-level picture with a major star trying not to look embarrassed. Truly awful, post-apocalyptic pic with terrible script, plot and special effects. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 07/30/23 Full Review Taylor L The Omega Man is one of three film adaptations of the classic Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend, and somehow none of them have really delivered on the source material's cutting premise - an apocalyptic survivor with a final revelation that in trying to save the world, he's essentially become a reverse Dracula. Granted, The Omega Man is the only version that gives the changed survivors some actual intelligence (the others are basically just zombies), but they're treated more as goofy cultists than as a living reminder of humanity's mistakes; they're not much more tan nocturnal psychos that look like albino Jawas, and they don't have enough empathy to make them much more than scrapped antagonists for a Mad Max ripoff. It's a shame, because the early scenes of Charlton Heston stumbling his way through an abandoned LA, struggling to find some sort of normalcy in his routine, is pretty great and a lot of it was done practically with several city blocks shut done and scattered with debris. There's some solid production value in the smaller sets (Heston's reinforced townhome in particular) and the action late in the game, but once the other characters roll in there's just a generic romance (with the '70s standard weird age gap) and unfocused action, plus Lisa's heel turn is just silly. Someday we'll get a really compelling iteration of this story that involves all the self-reflection and unusual perspectives of the novel, but until then decent production value is probably the best we can hope for. (2/5) Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Pierre L the model : the reality in big cities, not a fiction Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Shioka O Another 70s leftist sci-fi. It's less memorable, I more enjoyed soylent green. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 11/19/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Led by a former TV newscaster (Anthony Zerbe), light-sensitive mutants stalk the last normal man (Charlton Heston) on Earth.
      Director
      Boris Sagal
      Producer
      Walter Seltzer
      Screenwriter
      Richard Matheson, John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Home Vídeo, Warner Bros. Television
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 1, 1971, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 6, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 38m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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