The Drudgeon reviews 28 Days Later

28 Days Later 113 min., 2002
Written by Alex Garland
Directed by Danny Boyle
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★

It gets better every time I watch it.

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So we begin with a group of hippies that break into a science lab that has been experimenting on monkeys.  They argue with a scientist who keeps telling them that they can’t let the monkey go because it’s extremely dangerous.  They don’t care and let one of the monkeys go.  The monkey attacks and start an epidemic that turns people into rage filled “zombies”.  We then jump to a naked man, Jim (Cillian Murphy), waking up in a hospital and after some time walking around the empty streets.  After some time he meets a woman, Selena (Naomie Harris), and man, Mark (Noah Huntley), who rescue him from some of the crazies.  Jim learns all about what happened and so Jim and Selena find a father and daughter, Frank (Brendan Gleeson) and Hannah (Megan Burns).  They head toward a radio signal that says they have a cure for the sickness and when they get there they are met by Major Henry West (Christopher Eccleston).  Does Major West have a cure or is there another reason that he is trying to get people to his base?

The acting is pretty darn superb throughout the movie.  Both Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris have their spots where they aren’t super believable, but for the most part they are on the ball.  On the other side are Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston.  Both of them are great.  They give each of their roles their all and you believe everything these guys do is exactly what they think they should.

Now the gore is pretty good with enough that doesn’t go further than it has to.  One of my favorite scenes is when they are in the tunnel and trying to change the tire.  It jumps from happy and fun to creepy in a matter of seconds and then the rage zombies show up and changes again into a pretty tense scene.  The effects and tone of the movie are both done very well throughout.

Let me start by saying that the first time that I watched 28 Days Later I instantly hated it.  Why you may ask?  Everyone kept telling me that it was a zombie movie and when I started watching I realized that it wasn’t a zombie film and that just pissed me off.  A year or so passed and I ending up watching it again and ignored what everyone had said and upon that watching I really enjoyed the movie.  From that point on every time I watch 28 Days Later I just like it more and more.  It’s a really fun movie with some good gore, great to mixed acting and a really great plot.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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3 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews 28 Days Later

  1. John Bruni says:

    My favorite moment is when they find booze, and Brendan Gleeson looks at a bottle and says, with absolute longing and love in his voice, “Single malt.”

  2. Sir Phobos says:

    One of my favorite scenes is when Gleeson turns. It’s pretty heartbreaking.

    Good stuff, I’m glad you gave it a second look.

  3. Amber says:

    I’m with Sir Phobos, to me that scene is so powerful, it stuck with me long after any other scene and is definitely one of my favorite “turning” scenes.

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