28 Days Later

15 Apr


Director Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later is an original zombie thriller that brings a human element to an apocalyptic-like situation. A group of animal activists release monkeys infected with a highly contagious virus that causes the host to lose all control. Quickly, the virus spreads across Great Britain and twenty-eight days later almost everyone is infected or dead. In 2002, Boyle’s interpretation of the infected humans changes the genre on its head and sprints its way into the horror fans’ imagination. The methodical slow-walking zombies of the past are virtually “dead” compared to Boyle’s ultra-aggressive zombies. 28 Days Later has spawned a number of imitations over the years, but nothing has matched the realistic approach Boyle gets from using hand-held cameras to invite audiences into the character’s environment as one of the final survivors. Cillian Murphy (Jim) high cheek bones and ice blue eyes are perfect fit and Boyle’s independent and international perspective creates a lean, mean film about human survival.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B

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