28 Days Later… (2002)

Directed by: Danny Boyle (director of TrainspottingSunshine127 Hours and Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire, all quality films)

Written by: Alex Garland (who would later write Sunshine and the screenplay for Dredd 3D)

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns and Christopher Eccleston

What it’s about: pretty much a zombie flick, though the zombies aren’t really “zombies”, just infected with the “Rage virus”.

B-Movie Alternate Title: Zombieland UK (hey, sometimes these don’t really work)

Movie Mash Up: (Zombieland all humour) + oh I dunno, just about any George A. Romero zombie flick

What I liked: for the most part I liked the style of the film, really capturing the deserted world that Jim (Murphy) wakes up into.  There are some of the typical emotional “someone we knew got infected and now has to die” zombie tropes, which were handled well.  Most of the ending sequence in the rain is gorgeously shot.  Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston give good performances.

What I disliked: how absolutely terrible the film looks aside from the previously mentioned sequence.  I think my DVD version is the first printing, and I know that the film was mostly shot digitally, but there was apparently no effort to clean it up for home release, or it looked that bad to begin with.  I’d have to see a Blu-Ray version to fully make that determination, but it doesn’t look good.  And it doesn’t age well.  It’s a decent enough zombie flick, but since so many other films have popped up in the genre and done it SO MUCH better, it loses a lot of lustre.

Would I recommend it to everyone?: Nah.  As I said, it’s decent enough, but the greatness is few and far between.  If you’re a zombie film fan, then yes, by all means, go for it.

Rating: 3 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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