Translation: You thought The Day After Tomorrow trashed New York? Check this out.
The Gist: Will Smith’s megabudget action flick is based on a seminal vampire novel by Richard Matheson — but you’d never guess it. Warner Bros. ditches the fangs and sells this as a post-apocalyptic New York thriller, strumming every string of your post-9/11 anxieties. You see the city leveled, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges decimated, Times Square turned into a weed-ravaged parking lot. Okay, L.A., we get it: You hate us. But damned if this doesn’t look cool. Smith plays the last man alive. More importantly, he may be the last living soul who can single-handedly carry a multi-hundred-million-dollar picture. —Logan Hill