Torres, Mikaela Ysabel A. December2017CTHM – 4T4 ETAR:PeTa “I AM LEGEND” movie I use to watch some of Will Smith’s movie including the Americanpost-apocalyptic science-fiction thriller; IAm Legend and I found the movie extraordinarily interesting to watch. Picturingthe world has been infected a supposed cure for cancer to a deadly plague; onehuman being left whose name is Robert Neville (Will Smith), a scientist as wellthe only survivor in New York City, USA. Dr.
Robert Neville as productive andactive may be even though he has no one to talk to except his dog, Sam who wasat his side when his wife and daughter had a terrible helicopter accident whena missile fired to them instead. Thus shows the whole scene where Robert doesthe same routine every morning such as broadcasting the morning frequencies andstaying at the south seaport everyday (mid-day) when the sun is at the highestin the sky, plays golf as a recreation, goes to a CD/DVD store or in his basementlab 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 barredshut with his Colt AR15 between him and his dog, Sam hiding in the bathroom noteven a blink of sleep hearing the darkseekers coming out at ready to kill andprey on anyone getting near them. The reason why they come out at night isbecause that the darkseekers are classified as vampire-like creatures not likeyou see them during the 80’s or 90’s movie, but more alive but gruesome toimagine; their own breed of monster and would do anything in their way to findand infect you. That is when Robert Neville and his german shepherd dog, Samcomes into the picture although Sam only appeared a few scenes until one scenehe got infected by a darkseeker while Robert got stuck by his own trap andwatched Sam died in front of him when Robert tried to cure his dog which asample he created before, but failed when Sam almost attacked Dr. Neville. Onthe downside imagine man’s most trusted and loyal best friend has saved youfrom getting killed and after he left Sam this put Dr. Neville into a miserystate driven by his own revenge and sanity of his dog’s death, he risks himselfto go on a look out and face the darkseekers alone.
He survived almost half ofthe darkseekers which he faced and successfully was able to make it outthrough, but the creatures started to multiply and made him overwhelmed by theamount coming at him. He was nearly killed at this point, but was rescued by twoimmune survivors; Anna, a mother of the young boy named Ethan, came fromMaryland after hearing one of his broadcasts. They took Robert who was badly injuredback to his base, where Anna explained to Dr. Neville that she and Ethan hadsurvive the outbreak and boarded the Red Cross evacuation ship from São Pauloand are making their way to a survivors’ camp in Bethel, Vermont. Robertstarted to feel furious and then argues that no such survivors’ camp exists.Robert Neville once again attempts to control a potential cure to the infectedwoman in his laboratory, but the next night, a group of Darkseekers, who hadfollowed Anna and Robert, back the night before then attacks his home.
Robert,Anna, and Ethan retreated into the basement laboratory, sealing themselves inwith the female Darkseeker on which Neville has been experimenting. Discoveringthat the last treatment he created cured the woman and the results showed a successfulanswer to restore humanity once again. Robert tried to think of way out of thesituation as the alpha male (darkseeker) deliberately rams himself against theglass door to break in. At that very moment, Robert Neville draws a vial ofblood from the woman he cured and gives it to Anna and tells her he final hasthe cure to bring back humanity again and never to do the same mistake as tobefore. Anna and Ethan escaped leading them inside secret exit in the back ofthe lab. Robert and the alpha male is now face to face both wearing theirdetermine face on which of them will rise and the other one to fall, bravelyRobert took out a grenade and his family picture (him and his wife, daughterand Sam together as a family again) he started to run up to the alpha malewhile holding on to the grenade which kills the Darkseekers at the cost of hisown life, saving the cure. The next day, before dusk, Anna and Ethan discoverthat her theory is right as they arrive at the survivors’ camp in Vermont.
Theywere greeted by the military officers and other human survivors before Annashowed them the vial that Robert Neville inserted the cure handing it to themilitary personnel. So, what does it got to do in economics? The answer here is scarcity.The definition of scarcity is the fundamental economic problem of havingseemingly unlimited human wants and needs in a world of limited resources. Itstates that society has insufficient productive resources to accomplish allhuman wants and needs. This is where the movie, I am legend comes out, becausethree years ago the supposed new medicine to cure cancer, turns out to be alethal strain virus. When mankind loses its resources, tries to avoid aneconomic downfall of having insufficient productive resources to fulfill allhuman wants and needs. An example of scarce resources is money and time. Likewhat had happened in the movie, the government was challenged to something thatmankind can’t control and had no choice, but to announce an immediateevacuation.
What if the government decides to distribute resources to make theworld a better place everything clean such as clean air to breathe and amedicine to protect us from any diseases, a number of questions arise. Whatmethods exist now that needs to be improved? Which are the most effective inthe short, medium and long term? What deals come with various courses ofaction? Where should the money come from? Should the government raise taxes?How will the government keep track of its costs, debts and the benefits thataccrue from the project (i.e. accounting)? Furthermore, the scarcity offulfilling the human wants and needs by providing enough more, brings up a vastarray of questions about how to efficiently distribute resources.
Scarcity isthe basic problem that gives rise to economics.