Movies From the Hat III – 28 Days Later… (2002)

This is my 2,002nd movie review

Thanks to Mutant for recommending this film to me!

28-days-later“This is what I’ve seen in the four weeks since infection. People killing people. Which is much what I saw in the four weeks before infection, and the four weeks before that, and before that, and as far back as I care to remember. People killing people. Which to my mind, puts us in a state of normality right now. ” – Henry West

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Feb 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A man wakes up from a coma to find that the city has been overrun by a deadly disease that turns everyone infected into rage filled monsters.

My Take on it – It’s so nice having friends who also know what kind of movies, you will like and not like.

It’s also nice when they decide to be nice and choose from the former instead of the latter 🙂

For the past few years, I have started to really enjoy Zombie movies despite not being a fan of the horror genre on a whole.

This movie is another “modern” adaptation of a world taken over by pseudo-Zombies.

They are able to give us a real emotional world where the characters deal with real life situations involving survival and is somewhat reminiscent of how they have been doing The Walking Dead TV show over the past 6 seasons.

The characters themselves know very little about what is going on and we know “slightly” more than them, but not much and it leaves us all in the same kind of situation when watching this.

I loved how anything goes here and you get to expect the unexpected as things move along.

The idea feels so realistic and plausible because something like this “could” happen based on how it is explained here.

Bottom Line -Great pseudo-Zombie movie that takes things to the level that The Walking Dead TV show has done exceptionally well over the last 6 years. Loved the way the characters know so little (just like us) and in perfect Zombie movie form, anything goes.  Is done quite realistically and is plausible that something like this could actually happen. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Another aspect of rendering the zombie movie more contemporary was the idea that the virus didn’t necessarily affect people physically (it doesn’t kill them as in traditional zombie movies), but psychologically. Both Alex Garland and Danny Boyle felt that the idea that the virus renders people zombie-like due to uncontrollable rage was a good metaphor for the contemporary phenomenon of social rage (such as road rage, air rage, hospital rage etc). They liked the idea that the virus simply amplifies something already in each and every man and woman, rather than turning them into something entirely Other, as is the traditional route in zombie movies. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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  3. One of Boyle’s best films. Rebooted the genre very well and does a great job setting up dread, mood and atmosphere. 28 Weeks Later was a good sequel, too. Nice write up!


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