28 Days Later

28 Days Later ★★★★½

'With endless love, we left you sleeping. Now we're sleeping with you. Don't wake up.'

A visceral piece of influential terror, one that absolutely thrives thanks to the caliber of the virtuoso talent on each side of the frame. 28 Days Later is the near-flawless marriage of Danny Boyle's untamed artistic brilliance and screenwriter Alex Garland's all-consuming gravity. The picture, with its technical forethought and feral execution, claustrophobically cut by Chris Gill and saturated with John Murphy's haunting orchestrations, is as immersive as it is psychologically merciless. The cast make due with the little to no hope they have, delivering performances that compliment the material almost too well.

It's an eerily apropos assault on the senses. 28 Days Later will strangle your spirit, steal your breath, gouge your eyes, shock your ears, and keep you strained at every turn. Few genre efforts come close to what the cast and crew achieve here. Thrilling work that'll leave you to die if you don't keep up, or just kill you along the way.

"A man walks into a bar with a giraffe..."

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