This film had such a great start. There are two major problems though:
1.) the 3rd act went from being this engrossing, modestly paced mood movie to typical action-junk. If they would've done that part better and even used the alternate ending (which the frame on this page is taken from) it would've made the entire picture much better.
2.) They should've used real people/effects for the infected instead of CGI
Everything having to do with Will Smith and the dog was great. There was an actual relationship between the two, which I did not expect. Basically, I agree with what's already been said: first 2/3s was awesome but after that it got pretty eh.
This updated version of the mythical novel is seriously affected by the disproportionate and purposeless use of cgi. Although some moments have interesting suspense. Will Smith is good in the main role, and is also refreshing to experience again the atmosphere of what an empty city is supposed to look like.
Slick blockbuster adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic novel is fairly decent - if forgettable - until the final act, where a tacked-on, sappy ending violates the entire point of the story. Will Smith is likable enough in the lead, but the CGI effects - especially the creatures - aren't very convincing. Overall, an underwhelming film that piteously falls apart with a cheesy, cliched ending.
There are so many terrible things about this movie I don't know where to start. First and foremost there are the CGI monsters, then the casting of Smith and finally the fact that he is not alone. I hate movies that sell themselves on an interesting premise just to cheat the audience in the end. I just wished someone would make a proper "last-man-on-earth-movie" where the guy is actually alone.
Everything until the Vermont Thing was gold. After that, I couldn't stop thinking what heartless bastards the other survivors were for not getting in touch with Will Smith. I guess Brazilians are kinder folk than Americans.