I Am Ωmega is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film about a lone man coping with zombie-like cannibals. The movie is a low-budget mockbuster version of the big-budget CGI-heavy Will ‘slappy’ Smith vehicle I Am Legend.
Directed by actor-filmmaker Griff Furst (Nightmare Shark; Trailer Park Shark; Cold Moon; Wolfsbayne, Lake Placid 3, Swamp Shark, Arachnoquake, Ghost Shark) from a screenplay written by Geoff Meed (Asteroid-a-Geddon; Atlantic Rim: Resurrection; Bermuda Tentacles; Hold Your Breath; The Amityville Haunting), loosely based on Richard Matheson‘s 1954 novel I Am Legend.
The Asylum production stars Mark Dacascos, aforementioned Geoff Meed; Jennifer Lee Wiggins and Ryan Lloyd.
Post-apocalyptic Los Angeles is being rampaged by zombie-like cannibals humans that have some kind of genetic infection. Local man Renchard (Mark Dacascos) is forced to live a daily struggle as he tries to locate radio signals and find a cure…
“Actors Dacascos and Meed show some knowledge for martial arts, as their interactions are often violent and full of spin-kicks, high kicks etc. Central character Renchard is written as if from an ’80s action film, where action stars speak little and they smile even less. The fighting between those uninfected (Renchard, Vincent, Mike and Brianna) and the infected is well-choreographed…” 6.75/10 28 Days Later Analysis
“Unfortunately, the zombies aren’t actually scary after the first scenes and the film devolves into arguments among the last humans and plot entanglements that don’t lead anywhere or develop the characters. Eventually, it just grinds into mediocrity and then boredom.” Down Among the “Z” Movies
“Though Dacoscos’ claim to fame is more for his speed, agility and martial arts skill than his acting ability, he’s not a bad actor at all, and I Am Omega in my opinion was at its best when it was just Dacoscos alone dealing with his myriad of issues and the zombies. There were a few scenes in this film that actually made me jump, which is quite a rare feat indeed. It was scary to a point…” Film Critics United
“I Am Omega is significantly worse than any of the three films based on the book I Am Legend. Of course. However, based on The Asylum’s previous work, I honestly expected something much worse. Normally they do something incredibly awful, like ending Treasure Island with a giant CGI spider, but this movie was just kinda boring and terrible-free.” Films in Boxes
“Omega star Mark Dacascos is no Will Smith — and thank God for that, because this last man on Earth gets to do what America’s favorite Man in Black did not: train with fighting sticks and practice martial arts, not to mention beat the steering wheel of his crappy car like a drum kit while listening to generic stock rock on cassette.” Flick Attack
“The plot of this movie is dumb- plain and simple. They barely explain any of the major events because, well, they expect you to have seen I Am Legend. Even if they did explain it, it’s pretty dumb. I guess that I shouldn’t expect any more than that…so I don’t. The action is alright, but it’s mostly just people shooting zombies.” Mondo Bizarro
“Unfortunately, Mark Dacascos is not the world’s most expressive actor and fails to give much conviction to the scenes of him going crazy. Certainly, the film comes to life a good deal more when the redneck soldiers (the lead one being played by screenwriter Geoff Meed) enter the scene. Both Meed and Ryan Lloyd give decent performances here and bring the characters to life.” Moria
“I don’t think anyone will ever mistake Mark Dacascos for Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, or even Will Smith but he is very effective here. We already know he can handle himself in the action scenes (like when he busts out his nunchucks on some mutants) so that was no surprise. The real revelation is how he handles himself in the thespian department. He is quite impressive…” 2.5/5 The Video Vacuum
Cast and characters:
Mark Dacascos … Renchard
Geoff Meed … Vincent
Jennifer Lee Wiggins … Brianna
Ryan Lloyd … Mike
Joshua Schlegel … Renchard’s Son
Gregory Paul Smith … Various Zombies
Matthew Bolton … Tunnel Zombie
Myles McLane … Mutant Zombie
Frank Forbes … Cop Zombie
Afton Forbes … Girl Zombie
Hayden Forbes … Little Boy Zombie
Charles Peeke Jr. … Big Zombie
Wil Braithwaite … Various Zombies
Marlon Nash … Various Zombies
Bob Landau … Various Zombies
Drew Kaufman … Various Zombies
Daniel Ponsky … Radio Announcer (voice)
Los Angeles, Oxnard and Santa Clarita, California
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park – 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California.
1 hour 31 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
Audio: Dolby Digital
The car that Renchard (Mark Dacascos) is driving at the beginning of the movie, as well as the convertible that he and Brianna take from the parking garage, are 1975 Oldsmobile Omegas, obviously a reference to the title of the movie.
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