The Omega Man
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This second film adaptation of Richard Matheson's science-fiction novel I Am Legend (the first version being The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price) unfolds in a post-apocalyptic 1976. Charlton Heston is Robert Neville, the sole recipient of a serum that enabled him to survive an onslaught of germ warfare between Russia and China - which seemingly rendered him the last (normal) human alive. Neville lives in a garish, antique-strewn L.A. penthouse. During the day, he roams through the vacant city. At night, he fends off a bloodthirsty horde of mutant scavengers garbed in Spanish… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not bad, but far from a classic."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"Peppered with some sharp, even amusing dialogue, the story temporarily shelves the heavy allegory and slips into good, slam-bang suspense. But it doesn't last."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Sadly another film to file under 'not as good as the book.'"
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A breezy film about the death of mankind in a way that only the '70s could have provided."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Ainda eficaz, mais de 30 anos depois de seu lanšamento."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"An extremely literate science-fiction drama."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The ghouls are a little too ridiculous to quite fulfill their function in the movie. They make all the wrong decisions, are incompetent and ill-coordinated."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Despite not having aged particularly well, the opening sections of this sci-fi allegory remain potent, although the rest of its apocalyptic storyline is decidedly leaden."
‑ , Film4
"Another misfired adaptation of Richard Matheson's fine science fiction novel I Am Legend."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lacks the power and cleverness of the Matheson book, but worth viewing just for Heston's sake."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Averagely competent exercise in comic strip sci-fi."
‑ , Time Out
"Unsatisfying sci-fi thriller, though it's not Charlton Heston's fault"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...not an awful film, just a remarkably dull one."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Despite being baked in early '70s cheese, The Omega Man is easily the most entertaining film version of Richard Matheson's sci-fi novel, I Am Legend"
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Lights on! Not bad sci-fi with Heston in hiding."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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