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The Omega Man

drama, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


Welcome to the future. Biological war has decimated life on Earth. Los Angeles is a windswept ghost town where Robert Neville tools his convertible through sunlit streets foraging for supplies.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    59%
  • Audience Score
    53%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

70s saga has same source as I Am Legend.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this last-man-on-Earth saga is pretty grim in the end. It depicts the aftermath of germ warfare, with whole civilian populations dropping dead in their tracks. Violence is frequent and includes much machine-gunning, car-crashing, and stabbing. A bit of the early '70s' "blaxploitation" influence is evident, in both the strong African-American characters and some vintage name-calling ("honky"). A few shots show the heroine nude, and she has a spicy sexual affair with the hero. Language includes "bastard" and "ass"; characters drink and make references to drugs. Although it's rated PG, that rating was given before PG-13 existed; it would warrant the higher rating today.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Hollywood's fascination with post-apocalyptic stories. Do you think a situation like the one in the movie could ever really happen? Which is scarier -- a movie like this or a slasher horror flick with fountains of blood? Why? Families can also discuss Matthias' followers' grudge against technology. Does it still seem like a relevant issue today? Families who've read Richard Matheson's source novel or seen either of the other movies it inspired -- 1964's The Last Man on Earth and 2007's I Am Legend -- can compare the different versions. How are they different or the same?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    59%
    reviews counted: 5
    see all The Omega Man reviews
  • Audience

    53%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Sadly another film to file under 'not as good as the book.'

- Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I think I've certainly warmed up to this over time, it's a lot more intelligent than it gets credit for. Sure, on the surface it's just another chance for Charlton Heston to show off his crazy gun collection and laugh maniacally for no reason. However, there's really something interesting about evolution going on and resistance to change. Some of the visuals really do hold up, even today, mainly because they don't try to be overly ambitious. Some of the city shots really are pretty shocking.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, July 14, 2010

1 star

The only good thing about this movie was that it begat the Misfits song Where Eagles Dare.

- Godless, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

3 stars

Bad acting, dodgy sets and Charlton Heston. Not the Daddy of all B-Movies, more of an Uncle really!

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 30, 2009