A group of animal rights
activists come across caged chimps chained up before banks of screens showing violent
images upon breaking into a primate research facility. Despite warnings of the
who explains that the chimps are infected, the activists begin to free the animals and
are soon thereafter subjected to a bloody attack from the infuriated creatures.
28 days later, Cycle courier Jim awakes from a coma in a deserted
intensive care unit of a London hospital. Fellow survivors Selina and Mark, explain to him that this infection is transmitted by
blood and overwhelms the infected victim with a murderous rage within seconds. Faced with no practical
alternative but a radio signal from Manchester,
the group sets out northwards, unaware that the worst is yet to
With a minuscule budget of 8 million dollars, Director Danny Boyle provides
a more than satisfying post-apocalyptic setting for this heart-pounding
sci-fi thriller. From beginning to end this surprisingly well-done grainy
picture will have moviegoers squirming in their seats. Capturing the
innocence of the human spirit as well as the demonic subculture among
isolated boys/men, Boyle evokes the reality of an apocalyptic land ravaged
by disease and uncertainties.
Although you shouldn't be expecting a detailed plotline for a horror
flick, 28 Days Later does skimp out on the scientific facts a little more
than conventional thrillers. But if box office patrons can overcome the lack
of details, they can be guaranteed a hair-raising scary adventure.
The Movie begins with common horror movie clichés, blood thirsty zombies
(villians) and the unsuspecting protagonist trying to discern his
idiosyncratic environment. But, as the movie progresses beyond the
zombie-terror-bloodbath you begin to root for humanity and the movies core
group of characters. For instance, the shopping market scene however
simplistic in nature, serves as a turning point for the movie. Up to that
point in time the movie was all about their survival (like most other films of
this genre), but soon thereafter the focus turns to the survival of humanity.
Watching the characters transform as the movie progresses is a refreshing
surprise and something I wasn't expecting, as the movie was booked as a
"scare you out of you seat" thriller. If you can overcome this
thrillers scientific simplicities and are looking for one of the scariest
movies of the year then look no further.
See this movie if you're a fan of:
The Stand (1994, TV Mini-Series)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Omega Man (1971)
House of the Dead III (2002, Xbox Video Game)
Resident Evil (Video Game Franchise and subpar movie)
Stephen King (Popular novelist)