Friday, 15 November 2013

28 Days Later...


So, a man (Cillian Murphy) wakes up in an abandoned hospital and, after walking round London for a while trying to work out where everyone went, he realises it’s a Zombie apocalypse.
 This is the first zombie movie I’ve seen that isn’t trying to parody itself (Shaun of the Dead, Warm Bodies) and I was genuinely impressed. There was an underlying narrative in this film that was as much about morals as it was about staying alive, there was also a strong exploration of character here too. And, when scheming army major (Christopher Eccelston) turns up you realise not everyone is a good guy. The idea that just because someone isn’t a zombie doesn’t mean they’re going to be on your side was an exciting thought, and gave you something to think about whilst the woozy action sequences of the final act took place.

Throughout the film there were a number of highly affective deaths and plot twists that created shock and surprise, and whilst there was the occasional poorly judged soundtrack, and a few small missteps in the third act there were too many qualities in other areas of the film for these issues to be problematic. Overall 28 Days Later is a bold and thrilling film that makes for very enjoyable viewing.   

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