Reviews

28 Days Later

3

No, not a sequel to Sandy Bullock's lame-ass rehab flick but a zombie movie by the director of Trainspotting. Now there's a thought. Only Danny Boyle's not calling it a zombie movie - or even a horror film, come to that. And let's not forget that this talented helmer has churned out - whisper it - A Life Less Ordinary and The Beach since Renton and pals gave Brit cinema a shot in the arm.

Things start off promisingly. After a brief prologue shows a killer virus being released from a monkey research lab, we skip forward four weeks to see Jim (Cillian Murphy), a London bike courier, awaking from a coma. The hospital's deserted. Westminster Bridge is deserted. Trafalgar Square is deserted. In fact, the whole of bloody London is deserted. Empty, silent, dead.

Windblown newspapers alert Jim to the terrifying virus that's swept Britain and, it appears, the world. But there's good news, too: other "survivors" live among the dust, and Jim teams up with a handful of them (Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns) to head for Manchester and the promise of a secure sanctuary. It's getting there that'll be the problem, for these healthy few are eclipsed by hundreds of the "infected", ghoulish packs driven by an insatiable urge to kill...

Based on an "original" screenplay by Alex Garland, author of The Beach, this buzzard of an apocalyptic movie picks at the cinematic corpses of The Stand, The Omega Man, Romero's Trilogy Of The Dead and, bizarrely, Apocalypse Now. Making the zombies/infected fleet of foot instead of stumbling, grappling idiots is as resourceful as it gets - yes, it's been done before, but only in frighteningly obscure schlockfests - while the dialogue's clunky, the plot holes ragged and the DV camerawork downright ugly.

What Boyle's horror film does have, however, is scares. Admittedly they're not scares of the purest variety, composed of tantalising tension and shivery suspense, but, as knee-jerk jumps go, they're damn well precise. And that's not all. Urgent camerawork, frantic editing and a simple but insistent score give 28 Days Later... a furious, if occasionally spurious energy, and several shots ice the spine. Rats fleeing before the infected? Zombies puking blood? It's the stuff dreams are plagued of.

None of which would make Boyle's apoca-shocker anything more than an effective straight-to-DVD chiller were it not for the last 20 minutes. It's here that the helmer spreads his stylistic wings, ditching grimy realism for Grand Guignol excess to dish up a succession of Dario Argento-esque chase sequences. Surrealism clashes with lyricism, and it's all pasted together with claret. Lots of claret.

Not gourmet stuff, then, but well worth sinking your teeth into.

Verdict:

A crude but sometimes startling serving of schlock, the velocity and ferocity compensating for leaden conversation and smudge-o-vision photography. Give it a go.

Film Details

User Reviews

    • captainchod

      Nov 9th 2009, 13:06

      3

      Great first half, fairly poor second half...

      Alert a moderator

    • jacoblost48

      Nov 28th 2009, 18:23

      4

      Alert a moderator

    • QTL97

      Oct 10th 2010, 13:46

      5

      brilliant zombie movie deriction is excellent the music and acting is brillint and the writting is perfect, Best zombie/infected movie ever made

      Alert a moderator

    • sevdamm

      Feb 7th 2011, 23:08

      Canlı Chat Canlı Sohbet canlı okey okey oyna okey oyna canlı okey sohbet canlı sohbet odaları canlı chat odaları sohbet odaları chat odaları sohbet siteleri Sevda Sevda Sohbet Sevda siteleri damar sohbet hatay sohbet kayseri sohbet damar sohbet kızlarla sohbet burdur sohbet bolu sohbet trabzon sohbet mamak sohbet artvin sohbet mardin sohbet kilis sohbet gumushane sohbet edirne sohbet dersim sohbet almanya sohbet antalya sohbet mersin sohbet karadeniz sohbet akdeniz sohbet ankara sohbet izmir sohbet cinsel sohbet adana sohbet kadinca sohbet Dj Ates Dinle travesti sohbet turkce sohbet online sohbet dini sohbet islami sohbet nur sohbet risali sohbet mynet sohbet fransa sohbet almanya sohbet belcika sohbet avusturya sohbet hollanda sohbet isvicre sohbet danimarka sohbet ingiltere sohbet bulgaristan sohbet azerbaycan sohbet canlı sohbet okey oyna sevda sohbet sevda chat sevda odaları sevda siteleri okey oyna okey sitesi okey odaları okeyciler canlı okey oyna okey oynamak

      Alert a moderator

    • Jdav765

      Nov 29th 2011, 21:43

      4

      Alert a moderator

    • simopic

      Sep 25th 2013, 5:36

      4

      I agree with captainchod: Super first part, second part a bit lame. In particular the epic scene where Jim wakes up and wanders through an empty city without seeing anyone: Awesome! simopic

      Alert a moderator

Most Popular