Thursday, November 17, 2011

28 Days Later (2002)

The Rage virus has wiped out nearly all of England, turning its infected into murderous killers driven only by their need to feed. Now, a handful of unlucky survivors are left to find an escape from the nationwide pandemic. In 2002, Danny Boyle shook the Horror genre with a refreshing new thriller that redefined the zombie movie and terrified audiences around the world. 28 DAYS LATER offers a nihilistic world view in which humanity is the ultimate villain. Man's attempt to dissect and control nature is what caused the deadly virus, and while the infected mindlessly attack out of the primal need to feed, it is the living characters that kill out of fear, paranoia, and selfish desire. As best portrayed by the corrupted band of soldiers in the end of the film, it is darkest human emotions that drive home the suspense in 28 DAYS LATER, with the added horror of infected flesh-eaters running in the streets. The infected are unlike any of the undead that we have ever seen before. They are fast and ferocious, bursting through windows and tearing into their victims with a shocking speed. This would become a popular trend in the zombie films to follow, the most notable example being Zack Synder's frightening update to the Horror classic DAWN OF THE DEAD. Boyle's decision to shoot 28 DAYS LATER on a digital camera delivers a grim sense of reality, which is darkened even further by the dreary score. He also creates one of the defining moments in recent Horror as Jim walks aimlessly through the deserted streets of London. 28 DAYS LATER has a devastating effect on the viewer, and has proven to be one of the best films from the 2000's.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like 28 DAYS LATER:
REC, THE ZOMBIE DIARIES, DAWN OF THE DEAD, RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR, CARRIERS, THE CRAZIES, OUTBREAK.

3 comments:

  1. "28 Days later" and also his continuation has not accepted personally to me at all. I am a friend of the good old Fulci-Romero and zombie's films in which the zombies shuffle supposedly absolutely brainless around, but are incredibly menacing in the mass and although they look rather weak and aimless, can be still deadly for the victim.
    I find the slow and shuffling zombies substantially more distressing and uncannier than the "new zombies" whom we can sprint athletes and shout even. Though the film "28 Days later" has a good idea, however, was told in my opinion dull and boringly. The conversion of an infected in a monster within less moments and even without to die I did not find well. Special and therefore frightening in the old brought zombies was always that it concerns dead people who "live" for often inexplicable reason again without eating emotions and only from the instinct done. In "28 days later" this did not come across in my opinion, and, actually, also in no other zombie's film after 1995. Zombies must shuffle, be unemotional, because these are limited strolling corpses around dead without feeling and by the rigour mortis in her freedom of movement. I feel the running and before strength to being full new zombies as less frightening. They do not work "undead" separate only infected from a virus.
    "28 Days later" well starts, the scene in de deserted London, the people few fighting around the survival... I mean, one could have brought substantially atmospherically more awfully over here. I found the film only dull, did not feel him awfully, even more the impression of a mainstream-zombie's film was given me after the same pattern and with the same stereotyped characters. The former zombie's films up to the film "Braindead" which really in my opinion the end of the good zombie's film era are meant to me the favourite ones.

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  2. I dont really consider 28 DAYS LATER to be a zombie film, but more of a dark character drama and a depressing look at the human animal. As an apocalyptic end to humanity, I find it to be an excellent suspense film that just happens to have zombie-like characters in it. Little touches like the note left behind by Jim's parents or the story of humans clawing and climbing over each other at the harbor show the desperation and fear created by a deadly virus.

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  3. Over rated film. While the first half is excellent as soon as the movie reaches the military unit it becomes a bad cliche.

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