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.
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…
It's kinda sad and troubling how quickly modern horror movie watchers have forgotten what they owe to Danny Boyle's kick-down-the-door post-apocalyptic horror movie 28 DAYS LATER (no relation to the Sandra Bullock alcoholism movie). People still get into petty (and moronic) arguments as to whether or not this film 'qualifies' as a zombie film. My response to that is to get your head out of your cavernous ass and deal with the reality: this IS the first post-modern, 21st Century, zombie film. This is the film that started the zombie movie craze of the last ten years. Almost every zombie film, game, novel and other mass media product made today is ONLY made possible because of the success of Boyle's…
I'm not really the biggest fan of Danny Boyle. I like his style, but I didn't really like Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire as much as other people have. But, I did enjoy his 2010 film starring James Franco, 127 Hours and I have yet to see what many claim to be his best film ever, Trainspotting. I like when directors have variety in their filmography and Danny Boyle has that.
In a world filled with unoriginal and uninspired zombie films, 28 Days Later shines. Even for someone who isn't really into horror, like me, the film is great and intense. It was really intense and unlike most zombies that are featured in film and…
So many simple techniques came together to make this utterly compelling and harrowing. Most obvious are the unabashed DV cameras that can fit into any nook and cranny, capture any angle necessary and illuminate darkness with eyeball sensitive esthetics. Digital video is faultless in this film. The camera becomes the third person eye. The music comes to mind next. So humanizing at parts, it triggers emotions both euphoric and adrenalizing. Silence is used to even greater effect. "Boo" moments are masterfully amplified with dropped sound. Something as easy as Jim having a nightmare of being abandoned in the woods. Simple, zombie-free but severely unnerving. Boyle also pulls off the miracle of sympathy in a horror film. That's where it shines, portraying real people struggling in an absurd aftermath. Watch it after midnight in a dark room.
Was it really 11 years ago when this was released....time has flown by.
The scene when he wakes up and walks around London with no traffic congestion/noise/people hustling about/planes/boats etc is still eerie to this day. Can you imagine if this happened to you.!
You can see some of the magic Danny has up his sleeve and hence why his later films get's better and better.
I felt the last 25mins was trimmed and stuck on the end of the film, it seemed like they wasn't too sure how to end it.
How right was I?
All the different endings are on the BR/DVD.
Nice to have a UK Zombie film high up amongst the best and very surprised the Americans haven't snatched the idea of this... Oh Wait!!!! They have.:)
World War Zzzzzzzzzz with humans turning into Zombies straight away for a start.
A very powerful look at, what is on the surface, a zombie apocalypse. The movie does tear down the facade and then reveal 28 Days Later to be a very ingenious social commentary on human emotion and instinct.
I have to also throw in my say on the style of shooting. The SD camcorder effect did work well for the movie in terms of action and suspense, and made it look very thrid person. My only complaint is if this film was shot in Academy 35, I think it would've got the recognition it deserved.
Didn't like this as much as I thought I would. It felt a bit boring in some parts.
Between Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, I had high hopes for this Romero revision at first. But, while I was entertained throughout, the movie ultimately fails to deliver on the dread of the first few scenes, when Jim (played by Cillian Murphy, an actor whom I suspect will play hell with my keeping up with Gill‘s reviews on Google) wanders around a hastily vacated London (“The End is Extremely F**king Nigh” was a nice touch.) Unfortunately, entirely too much of the plot from then on revolves around terrible decision-making by the uninfected — Why exactly does Jim enter the gas station? Why not take the long way out of London?, etc. etc. And the final act, involving Christopher Eccleston’s turn…
This is a good movie, but unfortunately it wasn't as good as I was hoping for. The best thing about this movie is that it is directed by Danny Boyle, you know you're gonna get a good looking film when he is in charge. The cinematography and how it is illustrated is perfect.
The negative thing for me was that I couldn't care for the characters at all, except one person, but when he dies it isn't done with that many emotions either. The movie got a little bit boring sometimes.
A not zombie but almost a zombie movie where the not zombies are actually scary. The infected share strong traits with zombies so I'm putting this in the same ball park as zombie cinema. The infected up the horror factor more than the slow trudging zombles, with their blood spewing, rapid twitching and bright red demon eyes. Oh and of course the running, the real suspense and terror is from these rage filled monkeys sprinting after our protagonists.
Kind of a spoiler alert!
But the real enemies in this movie are the humans, which is a strong theme in this movie, similar to that of AMC's The Walking Dead. Difference is 28 Days Later actually pulls it off. And the…
The third-act longueurs and overheatedness were even more evident this time around, but the first two-thirds still pack a punch.
A staple of my horror collection, and one of my favorite "zombie-type monster" movies. Definitely my favorite movie with fast zombie-type monsters. Have yet to see this again, in light of the surge of popularity zombies in cinema and television have brought. Who knows if this dates well? I will pick it up again come Halloween.
Not really my movie. Liked the low profile cult kinda approach, but lost my attention after a while
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.