I happened to catch up with “I am Legend” today. There are many movies which have captured the doom’s day scenario, but this one particularly got me thinking.
Imagine being the only survivor in a city like New York, where the only companion you have is you dog. Imagine having lived like this for almost three years. And when you think things can’t get worse, imagine, living in the perpetual fear of mutated zombies.
The movie highlights the catastrophe playing with the human genome can bring. In the wake of finding a cure for cancer, a virus is created which in the movie, goes on to bring the human race on the brink of extinction. The mutations of the virus cause the subjects under test to develop initial symptoms like those of rabies which with time create a full-fledged disorder in the host’s physiology to create cannibalistic tendencies.
Again, it is likely that the movie brings to life a far-fetched thought, but it is definitely a possibility, no matter how small its chances are. The more we play with nature, the more we are trying to change its inherent cycle of evolution and growth. There are strong indications that the AIDS virus which originated in the rhesus lineage was injected into humans due to lackadaisical handling during lab research.
Apart from the scientific aspects, what haunts me more is the prospect of being the only survivor in a city. It is a dreaded reality to come to terms with. Having no friends to call, no siblings to trouble, no pals to chat with- you might pull along for a few days to a few weeks, but sooner or later, it is going to push your sanity into troubled waters. Will Smith, who plays the character of Robert Neville in the movie, talks to his dog and sometimes out of desperation even to mannequins to satiate his social thirst.
I rather die than live in an apocalyptic world. Some people live on hope. It keeps me going too but the problem is that I can’t live on hope alone. Not every one has the courage of a movie hero!