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 The film discards the now outdated concept of reanimated corpses & replaces it with a contemporary idea of a viral epidemic, thus changing the supernatural phenomenon into a psychological one.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…
I'll admit, I'm burnt out on zombie movies, too many of them fallow the same pattern of survival drama and 28 days later surly isn't an exception, but crazy good nonetheless. It's primary spin on the genre is the fast, infection breed of dead. Fighting the creatures is never mundane, and always deadly, a single drop of blood can turn you in seconds.
What makes this movie great is not the zombies, it's the humanity and emotion that carries with our survivors. There are moments, of great terror, anger and misery. but (and here's the important part) the film isn't hopeless. Many scenes are dedicated to showing people working together, comforting each other, and actual Joy. I loved the road…
A terrific zombie movie (if you would even call it that). The performances from Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Brendan Gleeson are terrific and the digital photography is jarring at first but eventually grounds the film in a strange sort of reality. I don't think its particularly deep or meaningful, but its really great while watching it.
P.S. The "What If.." ending is much better than the main one. It fits the tone of the film better, and brings Jim full circle. The main ending isn't bad, but the other is just a little more fitting.
To mark the beginning of the end of the UK, today I'm mostly watching apocalypse movies. This one is set 28 days after the referendum and is the story of one man's fight for survival against Boris Johnson's Brexit zombies who roam the streets seeking foreigners to savage. It has some good scares but isn't nearly as terrifying as my children's futures have suddenly become.
This has intense moments, an excellent story, skilled direction, and a great cast.
O filme é bem interessante. Surpreende principalmente por desenvolver uma estética com um teor de amadorismo, que contribui na construção de realismo do filme. Consegue transmitir de modo eficiente, por meio de uma direção adequada, a solidão provocada pela situação em que os personagens se encontram.
Apesar dos pontos positivos, ele se perde um pouco no desenvolvimento de sua parte final.
Maravilhoso! Melhor filme sobre apocalipse zumbi!
1. Deserted London was beautifully eerie.
2. "That was longer than a heartbeat."
danny b'oyle owns my ass
Did one of these 3 years ago. So much has happened since, we're all different people yada yada.