It's nice to finally see a movie where the trailers are intruiging but don't end up being the best part of the film. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the movie because the trailers I saw were a bit coy about the reason for this apocalyptic world presented in the movie. A little googling and checking out some movie reviews and the discovery that it was due to a virus made this movie a must-see for me.
I have long been a fan of plots where viruses have or will potentially end civilization or humanity. Favorites are "The White Plague" by Frank Herbert and "28 Days Later." There's just something about the ideas of how our best intentions go awry or how technology that is supposed to save us screws us.
I like Will Smith as an actor. I find him pretty interesting and entertaining. He was able to carry enough charisma to be the "last person on Earth." I was reminded of Tom Hanks in "Castaway." I didn't like that movie, but I'm not a Hanks fan. I do appreciate the difficulty of being responsible for singly carrying the bulk of a movie. I think Smith did better than Hanks in that regard.
I'm not sure if there was a bit of a lag in the movie at the 3/4 mark or if it was just so intense that I got a bit tired. I'm going to go with intense because when I left the movie I felt really wrung out.
I don't want to go into much more detail in this part because I don't want to have any spoilers. I don't think that I have any so far. I might add some stuff in comments later with a spoiler alert but I'm all blogged out at the moment. Bottom line, I can see why this movie made box office records. I really enjoyed it. I recommend it. If you're looking for a happy-happy, I don't think you'll find it here, but I felt the ending was pretty rewarding.