Friday, January 25, 2008
I Am Legend
In his latest movie of the above title, Will Smith plays a brilliant, black scientist who sacrifices his life to save the world. Sounds plausible? Nope, I don't get it, either. I was just trying to figure out exactly how many brilliant black scientists who might be prepared to sacrifice themselves to save the world I knew of, either directly or indirectly. The answer was none. OK, forget about the self-sacrificing aspect. How many, I asked myself, brilliant black scientists could I name? Uh, again, it was zilch. OK, forget about the brilliant aspect. How many plain old black scientists, then? Sheesh, it was still too tough! But I guess that's the thing about Hollywood. At the end of the day, the garbage it spews forth is only fantasy – and 'I Am Legend' is about as far removed from reality as it gets.