28 Days Later Review (2002)

by Yo Adrian on April 29th, 2018 | |

28 Days Later was directed by Danny Boyle and stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Noah Huntley. It’s about a guy who wakes up in an abandoned hospital one day to learn that England had been wiped out by a zombie virus while he was in a coma.

His fear began when he woke up alone. His terror began when he realised he wasn’t.

28 Days Later Review

28 days starts with a group of young animal rights activists break into a research lab in London and free a monkey infected with a Rage virus. The monkey immediately kills the first woman it sees who immediately becomes infected with the same rage. This in turn wipes out all of England in less than a month. This is where Jim comes in, who had been hit by a car and was in a coma the whole time. He slowly starts coming to terms with what transpired while he was out when he’s attacked and chased by what are essentially homicidal zombies. He’s luckily saved by a couple of survivors who then set out on a seemingly futile journey to find safety.

There’s tons of zombie movies floating around to watch, every conceivable take on the undead had already been thought of and copied, or so I thought prior to watching 28 Days Later. In this take on zombies, people don’t get bit by a zombie and die only to later reanimate and wander around aimlessly looking to eat brains. Any splash of blood into any orifice and you’re done for. You get maybe 30 seconds to enjoy denial before you’re painfully puking blood and running full speed looking to violently destroy the first poor bastard you see. And there’s no cure, all you can do is rage out until you slowly starve to death.

Awesome.

28 Days reminded of several other movies that are equally good in their own ways:

30 Days of Night: A small community need to survive a plague of vampires using the same survival methods used against zombies.
Diary of the Dead: A group of people try to escape a zombie outbreak by traveling cross-country to a friends house they believe is safe.
Quarantine: A TV reporter and her team are trapped in an apartment building overnight, which has become overrun with infected bloodthirsty killers.
The Mist: A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Carriers: Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.

Oh, and after watching 28 Days I had this song stuck in my head for weeks…

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One thought on “28 Days Later Review (2002)

  1. Christina

    says:

    this movie scared me so much the first time I watched it. It’s one of my favorites now.

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