幾個月前,在電影院看到《我是傳奇》的預告片,一個僅存一人的紐約,看起來就是一個精采可期的災難片,不過當電影片名秀出「我是傳奇」時,馬上氣氛跌落,感覺頗失望的,『怎麼是這種片名?!』

後來在書店看到了原著小說簡介,倒開始吸引我了。
My name is Robert Neville.
I am a survivor living in New York City.
I am broadcasting on all AM frequencies.
I will be at the South Street Seaport everyday at mid-day, when the sun is highest in the sky.
If you are out there... if anyone is out there... I can provide food, I can provide shelter, I can provide security.
If there's anybody out there... anybody... please.
You are not alone.


一種讓人類滅跡的「柯氏病毒」從紐約蔓延,凡感染者短時間內會突變成無比飢餓的變種人,而有抗體的少部份人,便成了變種人的佳餚。科學家羅伯奈佛(威爾史密斯)是少數有抗體者,當全紐約剩下他一人時,他每天研究解藥、健身、逛空城、看DVD,白天過得愜意但孤獨,而夜晚來臨時,也是變種人出沒的時機,便只能窩在家中,以得安全。

在一次意外中,陪伴奈佛的狗--山姆喪命,也因次讓奈佛想要報復,但這卻差點讓他送命--千鈞一髮之際,竟出現一對母子,把他救回家,卻也同時讓變種人知道了他們的居住處......。

變種人一步一步攻破羅伯的家,他和那對母子節節退守至地下實驗室,奇蹟似的發現實驗台上試用解藥的變種人已逐漸轉回人的樣貌,這意味著,找到解藥了!

奈佛犧牲自己,與攻入地下室的變種人同歸於盡;那對母子安藏在璧爐裡,待安全後,攜帶解藥拯救世人。

變種人因為怕光只能在夜晚出現,吸血吃肉,似乎有點像是《殭屍探長》之類電影的西方版,不過,多了一些捨身奉獻以及宗教信仰的傳遞。有些可惜的地方是,奈佛回想起與妻女間的互動,女兒張手擺動著「爸!你看!是蝴蝶!」畫面一切,便隨即終止,好像這個畫面應該要感人卻做得不夠。

電影裡我特別有印象的一段是,奈佛向安娜介紹黑人歌手Bob Marley

He had this idea. It was kind of a virologist idea. He believed that you could cure racism and hate... literally cure it, by injecting music and love into people's lives. When he was scheduled to perform at a peace rally, a gunman came to his house and shot him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. When they asked him why - He said, "The people, who were trying to make this world worse... are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness."

我第一次聽到Bob Marley的音樂,是國二的英語會話課,外籍老師教全班唱<Is This Love>,那優美的旋律一值印在我腦海裡,一直到高中我都常哼出"e-very-day-n-e-very-night",歌名和演唱者我想當年外籍老師應該都詳細介紹了,但以當年的英文程度,那些詞彙有聽沒有懂,所以根本不知道是誰唱的什麼歌。直到大一,在一次龍應台基金會思沙龍裡,開場音樂就撥著<Is This Love>,我趕緊找了CD的主人問個明白,他當時的反應就跟電影裡奈佛對安娜反應一模一樣「什麼?你不知道Bob Marley?!」接著便告訴我Bob Marley就像是音樂界的馬丁路德金,對種族歧視的平反,對世界和平的期盼,用音樂傳達愛......電影裡奈佛最愛的一首是 <Three Little Birds>。

Dont worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin: dont worry about a thing,
cause every little thing gonna be all right!


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