The Omega Man

The GI continues to plumb the Hestonian with this 1971 adaptation of I Am Legend, which is surely more hammy and entertaining than the recent Will Smith version. The late Charles Heston stars in this post-apocalyptic tale of a rationalist and physician—seemingly the last man alive in L.A.—battling a band of technophobic nocturnal mutants led by Anthony Zerbe. It’s a fine example of confident, muscular overacting by its star: he mows down mutants with a machine gun; conducts soliloquies to a bust of Caesar; and plays chess against himself. But mainly he’s just plain Heston. When other human survivors are discovered (a foxy black woman among them), it almost comes as a disappointment. Also screens Sat./Sun. at 3 and 5 p.m. (PG-13) BRIAN MILLER

July 25-31, 7 & 9 p.m., 2008

 
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