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28 Days Later...
His fear began when he woke up alone. His terror began when he realised he wasn't.
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.
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 The film discards the now outdated concept of reanimated corpses & replaces it with a contemporary idea of a viral epidemic, thus changing the supernatural phenomenon into a psychological one.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…
All of this was new in 2002. Saying that this isn't new is like saying that Citizen Kano's cinematography is old.
My favorite movie in the zombie or horror genre.
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…
28 days later has a really nice story arc and good pacing. The only thing I didn't like about it at first, was the cheap DV look but Danny Boyle chose to use that instead of film to bring the audience further into the film, as if from the perspective of survivors. That and the fact that DV just looks gritty makes it work well.
A few bum casting choices (Megan Burns, I'm looking at you) hold back what could otherwise have been a nearly flawless picture of its type. Deliberately filmed with handheld digicams, Boyle's harrowing examination of anger is taut and visceral, with a climactic final third that many seem keen to dismiss as a needless escalation of violence when in fact Jim's transformation holds the key to the entire film.
Sort of the typical zombie movie, although they do show how it all started (unlike some similar films). The zombies aren't the slow flesh-eating hordes of undead either; 28 Days Later is responsible for fast and relatively competent non-undead hunters. In this sense, it's not exactly a zombie movie, as the zombies are basically just humans infected with a pathogen (passed on through saliva or blood) to be mindless rage-beasts. The virus changes them psychologically rather than physically, but 28 Days Later still falls into the "zombie horror" genre due to how events unfold and how the infected people behave.
It's decent but there are some odd moments. Characters wandering off by themselves, people screaming "quiet" as zombies approach, a…
A zombie masterpiece. Years later this film still ranks among not only one of the best zombie movies, but one of the best horror movies in general.
If this movie had been the first half only then it would be the greatest zombie flick without contest. As the second half becomes less about the rage and more about the human ethical collapse for me it loses the sense of dread. Still a great film however
Right, so it has to be said that this movie is BIZARRELY edited and just kind of all over the place. Still, it's effective enough. Cillian Murphy is a solid leading man and there's some great cinematography and fantastic sound design. Far from perfect, but good enough.
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty: The Other Movie
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- Welcome to the Dollhouse
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- La Jetée
- The Sacrifice
- When the Wind Blows
I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…