Torres, Mikaela Ysabel A.                                                                       December

CTHM –  4T4                                                                                               ETAR:


“I AM LEGEND” movie


I use to watch some of Will Smith’s movie including the American
post-apocalyptic science-fiction thriller; I
Am Legend and I found the movie extraordinarily interesting to watch. Picturing
the world has been infected a supposed cure for cancer to a deadly plague; one
human being left whose name is Robert Neville (Will Smith), a scientist as well
the only survivor in New York City, USA. Dr. Robert Neville as productive and
active may be even though he has no one to talk to except his dog, Sam who was
at his side when his wife and daughter had a terrible helicopter accident when
a missile fired to them instead. Thus shows the whole scene where Robert does
the same routine every morning such as broadcasting the morning frequencies and
staying at the south seaport everyday (mid-day) when the sun is at the highest
in the sky, plays golf as a recreation, goes to a CD/DVD store or in his basement
lab experimenting on rats to find the cure and restore mankind from the plague;
and when night comes, he is on lockdown; all his windows and doors are barred
shut with his Colt AR15 between him and his dog, Sam hiding in the bathroom not
even a blink of sleep hearing the darkseekers coming out at ready to kill and
prey on anyone getting near them. The reason why they come out at night is
because that the darkseekers are classified as vampire-like creatures not like
you see them during the 80’s or 90’s movie, but more alive but gruesome to
imagine; their own breed of monster and would do anything in their way to find
and infect you. That is when Robert Neville and his german shepherd dog, Sam
comes into the picture although Sam only appeared a few scenes until one scene
he got infected by a darkseeker while Robert got stuck by his own trap and
watched Sam died in front of him when Robert tried to cure his dog which a
sample he created before, but failed when Sam almost attacked Dr. Neville. On
the downside imagine man’s most trusted and loyal best friend has saved you
from getting killed and after he left Sam this put Dr. Neville into a misery
state driven by his own revenge and sanity of his dog’s death, he risks himself
to go on a look out and face the darkseekers alone. He survived almost half of
the darkseekers which he faced and successfully was able to make it out
through, but the creatures started to multiply and made him overwhelmed by the
amount coming at him. He was nearly killed at this point, but was rescued by two
immune survivors; Anna, a mother of the young boy named Ethan, came from
Maryland after hearing one of his broadcasts. They took Robert who was badly injured
back to his base, where Anna explained to Dr. Neville that she and Ethan had
survive the outbreak and boarded the Red Cross evacuation ship from São Paulo
and are making their way to a survivors’ camp in Bethel, Vermont. Robert
started to feel furious and then argues that no such survivors’ camp exists.

Robert Neville once again attempts to control a potential cure to the infected
woman in his laboratory, but the next night, a group of Darkseekers, who had
followed Anna and Robert, back the night before then attacks his home. Robert,
Anna, and Ethan retreated into the basement laboratory, sealing themselves in
with the female Darkseeker on which Neville has been experimenting. Discovering
that the last treatment he created cured the woman and the results showed a successful
answer to restore humanity once again. Robert tried to think of way out of the
situation as the alpha male (darkseeker) deliberately rams his head against the
glass door to break in. At that very moment, Robert Neville draws a vial of
blood from the woman he cured and gives it to Anna and tells her he final has
the cure to bring back humanity again and never to do the same mistake as to
before. Anna and Ethan escaped leading them inside secret exit in the back of
the lab. Robert and the alpha male is now face to face both wearing their
determine face on which of them will rise and the other one to fall, bravely
Robert took out a grenade and his family picture (him and his wife, daughter
and Sam together as a family again) he started to run up to the alpha male
while holding on to the grenade which kills the darkseekers at the cost of his
own life, saving the cure. The next day, before dusk, Anna and Ethan discover
that her theory is right as they arrive at the survivors’ camp in Vermont. They
were greeted by the military officers and other human survivors before Anna
showed them the vial that Robert Neville inserted the cure handing it to the
military recruits.


So, what does the movie do in connection with economics? The answer
here is scarcity. The definition of scarcity is the fundamental economic
problem of having seemingly unlimited human wants and needs in a world of
limited resources. It states that society has insufficient productive resources
to accomplish all human wants and needs. This is where the movie, I am legend
comes out, because three years ago the supposed new medicine to cure cancer,
turns out to be a lethal strain virus. When mankind loses its resources, tries
to avoid an economic downfall of having insufficient productive resources to
fulfill all human wants and needs. An example of scarce resources is money and
time. Like what had happened in the movie, the government was challenged to
something that mankind can’t control and had no choice, but to announce an
immediate evacuation. What if the government decides to distribute resources to
make the world a better place everything clean such as clean air to breathe and
a medicine to protect us from any diseases, a number of questions arise. What
methods exist now that needs to be improved? Which are the most effective in
the short, medium and long term? What deals come with various courses of
action? Where should the money come from? Should the government raise taxes? Furthermore,
the scarcity of fulfilling the human wants and needs by providing enough more, brings
up a vast array of questions about how to efficiently distribute resources.

Scarcity is the basic problem that gives rise to economics.


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