28 Days Later... (2002)

A group of animal rights activists break into a lab where freaky monkeys are kept in plastic cages. These are infected monkeys of course, infected with a rage virus that is spread through blood. A monkey is let loose, infects one of our good-doers and well, so long world. 28 Days Later, Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up in an empty hospital only to find a deserted London. He walks around Piccadilly Circus, crosses Westminster Bridge, and realizes that he seems to be the only person left in the world.

    Tagline: His fear began when he woke up alone. His terror began when he realised he wasn't.

    Directing:
    • Danny Boyle

    Writing:
    • Brian Eno
    • Alex Garland

Release Date: 2002-11-01
  • Country: GB
  • Language: Español | English
  • Runtime: 113
  • Budget: $5,000,000
  • Revenue: $82,000,000

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  • Danny Boyle is the last person in the world you’d expect to make an old-fashioned balls to the walls horror flick. This is the guy that gave us “Trainspotting,” and “The Beach”, hardly B-movie stuff. But that’s exactly what “28 Days Later” is, sure it tries to seem artsy and special, but when it comes down to it, this is a straight up horror film and an awesome one at that. It stumbles a few steps here and there and they pull back on the gore a lot, this could’ve had heaping amounts of limb tearing and straight up blood spatter, but in this day in age, when horror movies are limping along, I’ll take what I can get. The film was shot on video, no doubt to save money, but it serves the movie amazingly well. I’ve never seen a movie look like this before. It feels like a documentary, looks grainy and raw. It gives things a real world quality about them. I loved it. Particularly rain and fire, both of these elements seem to glow on the screen. The movie is clearly divided into three acts. The first act has our group running from the infected, encountering other survivors; father and daughter team Selena (Naomie Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley); and getting a radio message that there is a military base, where soldiers have guns, where they can be protected. The second act has our band of survivors escaping the city, getting closer and more family like and then the third act has them getting to the military compound and finding out that humans may indeed be worse than “the infected.” This final act has Jim, shirtless, beaten, run down, not only fighting for his life but fighting to free the people he’s come to love. It’s great stuff and by that point in the movie you actually care for the characters, you can’t help but cheer for him. This is a horror movie though and while the last scenes have the characters chasing each other through the maze-like headquarters of the Army unit, while a few “infected” kill everyone in their way, you just never know how it’s going to end. Will this be an uncharacteristic happy ending? Or will it fall for the same old, “what you thought everyone was going to live?” trap? Again, I wish there was more gore. Whenever someone is getting chopped up (by machete no less) the camera jumps around so damn much you can’t catch anything but fast glimpses. There is one, nice, gory shot that lingers, and it’s performed by a human no less. But expecting “Day Of The Dead” type gore from a classy film like this is expecting a bit much. It’s effective for what they wanted to accomplish, but man, what I would’ve given to see people getting ripped apart. Also, I would’ve liked to see hundreds of the infected chasing our heroes through the streets of London, not the small groups we see here, but the story works better in the confines of this and it makes more sense, after all these aren’t zombies, they’re living people and if they don’t eat, they eventually die. Also throughout the entire film I couldn’t help but get a “been there, done that” vibe. It’s pretty much easy to guess where the movie is going. There are a few surprises to be sure, and again, the ending had me on the edge of my seat, but overall, this is a movie I’ve seen. But hell, the things got fantastic acting, a style I’ve never seen before and it manages to get lots of freaky moments thanks to “the infected.” If they would’ve just let themselves go and actually show the brutality happening, instead of shying away, I think the movie would’ve been a lot more popular. As it stands it’s one hell of a solid horror film that delivers every place it should, even if it doesn’t leave a huge impact.

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