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Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs -- and it's absolutely impossible to contain.
All of this was new in 2002. Saying that this isn't new is like saying that Citizen Kane's cinematography is old.
My favorite movie in the zombie or horror genre.
Signifying the dawn of a new era of post-apocalyptic horror, Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later... is the biggest leap zombie horror has taken ever since George A. Romero established the sub-genre in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead. The film discards the now outdated concept of reanimated corpses & replaces it with a contemporary idea of a viral epidemic, thus changing the supernatural phenomenon into a psychological one.
The movie opens with a prologue that teases with the origin of a highly contagious virus which amplifies the rage behaviour in infected humans, thus turning them into aggressive, zombie-like beings. The story concerns Jim who wakes up in an abandoned hospital 28 days after the disease outbreak only to find the…
Sunday Morning Review!
Staying alive's as good as it gets.
In the early 2000's horror was at an odd place. Without knowing it, the world of horror was moving towards remakes, reimaginings, and found footage gags, so there were a few key films that threatened to change the pace of horror films to come and shake up the norm a bit. While 28 Days Later was a familiar sub-genre, it was pulled off in a unique fashion and managed to have remarkably human emotions in a film populated by snarling, bloody infected husks.
Danny Boyle drops us right in the middle of the apocalypse without showing the beginning panic and the failure of military, but instead like we are just…
What I have always loved about the early Romero zombie films is that they were always more than mindless horror films, they were riddled with religious themes, social commentary and asked questions about human nature. And they were sufficiently gory and disgusting to boot.
Boyle's film transports that approach to the 21st century, amping up the adrenaline, touching on some tough subjects and covering it all in a, by now, recognisable Boyle sauce.
The first half of the film is a frenetic escape from an infected city and while it is never really scary, it most definitely is tense. That has a lot to do with this film's interpretation of the zombies. They are perhaps not zombies in the traditional…
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 6
Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later used to be one of my all-time favorite zombie movies, but whether I've finally seen it too many times or my tastes have shifted since the last time I saw it, I find myself falling out of love. Boyle's story about a man who wakes up in the middle of the apocalypse still has its merits, but on this visit I felt its strengths almost overwhelmed by the weaknesses in between them.
Three scenes I still love:
1. The whole opening sequence with Cillian Murphy walking the empty streets of London. It's wonderfully atmospheric, and the wide angle presentation of the vacant city even surpasses 1971's The Omega Man in…
The Zombie genre was going through a bit of a lean time when this new and vibrant twist on the horror concept found an audience back in 2002. Giving us a mix of horror and high-adrenaline action sequences that are truly frenetic and pulse-inducing, this film was more than just a run of the mill gore fest.
Danny Boyle's zombie-apocalypse starts with some of the finest shots of a deserted London ever put on film. Following an attack on a research facility by animal activists, infected monkeys bring carnage to the human population as the "Rage Virus" turns mankind into raging beasts with a blood-lust. At the center of the story is Jim (Cillian Murphy). A bike courier who has…
It's a good film but there's nothing really new here. Enjoyed it anyway.
First and foremost this is NOT a zombie movie. Got it? Good. This film is extremely well made. The cinematography is exceptional as is the editing. The way it was shot is remarkable. The actors made you care about their characters. Isn't that all that should be asked of an actor you're watching? The story is very original. It's not only about people not infected by a virus surviving attacks from those who are, but how survivors cope with the seemingly "all hope is lost" outlook on the future. Be it a certain military faction securing a future by imprisoning women for the sole purpose to procreate, or a father and daughter making ends meet day by day, or a…
Helen does Hoop-Tober #1 (Films from Franchises)
I wanted to kickstart this challenge with one of my favourite horror films of all time. The film that got me hooked on the genre in the first place.
Of my modern adult life it's probably the film I've seen the most. It always holds up too. Great performances, good soundtrack (In The House remains a perfect piece of film music) and good direction. The scenes in deserted London terrified and amazed me on a first watch and are still absolutely superb now.
A good way to kick off this challenge!
I don't care if it was intentional or if it was simply cheap - visually, the film is not pretty. And while a fair amount of it is exciting and entertaining, a lot of it is also quite silly. Tonally, 28 Days Later is all over the place and some weird editing choices only enhance that.
It starts similarly to the Walking Dead (TV show) where Cilian Murphy’s character wakes up in a hospital bed amidst some type of virus outbreak that has spread throughout the UK. The first few scenes are amazing because he’s walking around the heart of London in areas that would usually be densely populated, but he’s alone, seemingly the last man on earth with nothing to keep him company except the faces on endless missing posters.
As it turns out, the whole premise of the film can be traced back to a bunch of animal activists who unknowingly release some monkeys that have been infected by what can only be described as pure rage. The virus turns those infected it to…
The film opens with fifteen minutes of Cillian Murphy wandering around on his own, naked and shouting. Which feels like a metaphor for my life.
Basically, with almost anyone besides Boyle this material isn't so interesting, is it? But it does work.
I think I now have a favourite zombie movie...
Jim is a mary sue. Naomie Harris saves this movie. The sequel is better.
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