Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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 The film discards the now outdated concept of reanimated corpses & replaces it with a contemporary idea of a viral epidemic, thus changing the supernatural phenomenon into a psychological one.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…
Despite being filmed on an actual potato it's probably the best serious zombie apocalypse film I've seen despite some crumby dialogue and a bit of a weak conclusion. What it lacks in narrative it totally makes up for in tension building, the scene in the tunnel particuarly insane.
Still think there's definitely a gap in the market for a high quality, serious zombie film that explores the potential depth behind the sub genre
Zombie apocalypse meets kitchen sink drama. Interesting and fun but not particularly amazing.
I kind of dug this movie when I first saw it, but there was something a bit off about it. Now that I’ve seen it again I kind of confirm my initial suspicions. The movie does get a lot right, the first fifteen minutes are great. I really like the parts where Cillian Murphy wakes up and walks through the deserted London, the fast zombies are cool, and the score is awesome. The problem is, I don’t think the film really knows where to go with its concept. The characters just sort of wander around the English countryside until they find the military and there’s a serious disconnect between the third act and the rest of the film. Also the…
Brendan Gleeson is a father I wouldn't mind living with.
28 Days Later had some particular scenes that made my ass fly out of the seat and fall on the ground. Loud and batshit crazy, THIS is how you make a zombie film. Be dirty. Be scary. Be intense. Have stakes. Have balls. Have an R rating.
Danny Boyles choice of using an old video format look is what really makes my body numb during this experience. It's gritty and dark and most importantly, it feels plausible. I mean shit, with the state our economy is in its no wonder this movie sounds plausible.
I did wish it would've been more crazy. I know it's crazy to say that but…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Director Danny Boyle doesn’t like this film being referred to as a “zombie movie”, because, well, it isn’t. Sure, it has major zombie film tropes, but this is not a film about dead people rising again having converted to cannibalism and completely losing their concept of running. This film is scarier. This film is better, than that. And through its subversion and revamping of the genre, has paved the way for the likes of The Walking Dead (2010- ). I have yet to see its equal and 28 Days Later remains one of the best, enthralling, exciting, shit-scary films of the 21st Century.
Set in a post-apocalyptic United Kingdom, we find Jim (Cillian Murphy) waking from a coma to find…
Another good but slightly underwhelming Boyle film for me. Thematically great, displaying both the physical, wordly loss of humanity and the emotional, personal, disgusting loss of it. The plot also shifts from one of survival to siege, bringing with it several rounded character arcs. Go, Alex Garland! Direction had some cool points, I could tell the stylistic similarities to Trainspotting. Also, I have become accustomed to HD Bluray, so when I found that the bluray copy was still SD video, I was already let down from the get-go. Why couldn't it all look like those last few minutes! I think I could've liked this a lot more if I didn't have such a ridiculous fixation on HD, good looking picture. Can you blame me?
The end is extremely fucking nigh!
For years I've gone between top 50 lists or even up to 250-300 when looking at my favorite films. These…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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