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28 Days Later
28 jours plus tard / 29 Days Later

UK/France 2002
produced by
Andrew Macdonald, Simon Fallon (executive), Robert How (executive) for DNA Films, Figment Films, British Film Council, Canal+
directed by Danny Boyle
starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Dunne, Emma Hitching, Alexander Delamere, Kim McGarrity, Stuart McQuarrie, Marvin Campbell, Justin Hackney, Luke Mably, Ricci Harnett, Leo Bill, Junior Laniyan, Ray Panthaki, Sanjay Rambaruth
written by Alax Garland, music by John Murphy

28 Days Later

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A group of enviromental activists break into a research lab & free some monkeys. But this monkeys are infected with the Rage, & they promptly thank their liberators by attacking them & giving them some of their Rage ...

28 days later ... Jim (Cillian Murophy) wakes up in a hospital, only to find out it's completely deserted. But not only the hospital, the whole city is completely devoid of people. Eventually Jim finds out it was vacuated, & they all had forgotten him ... which would be bad enough, but then Jim finds out someone was still left behind ... zombies !!!

Thank god Mark (Noah Huntley) & Celina (Naomie Harris) are still around to save him from a zombie attack, & they fill him in on some of the backgrounds of what has happened: the city, the country, the world has been overrun by zombies (those infected by the Rage), & pretty much everyone everyone else know is either dead or infected - which is even worse. Eventually Nark & Celina will in to help Jim get to his parents' (Chirstopher Dunne, Emma Hitching) place, where Jim finds out they have committed suicide to escape an even worse fate. But once there, our heroes are also attacked by zombies, who bite Mark ... which leads Celina to kill him in cold blood. Gradually Jim starts to understand the graveness of the situation.

Later that day, & against all odds, Jim & Celina find 2 lother peoople who are still not infected, Frank (Brendan Gleeson) & Hannah (Megan Burns), who welcome them with open arms. Soon the four of them start receiving a radio broadcast from the army, promising everyobne a safe haven & even a cure from the Rage, & with no better options, our quartet decides to go there.

Twice on the way to the army camp - once when having to change a tire in a tunnel once at a gas station -, our heroes are almost overrun by the zombies, but along the way, that is interrupted by some idyllic picnics & camping in the open, tough-as-nails Celina finally starts open up, open up to life, so family values (as lived by Frank & Hannah), & quite naturally to Jim.

But of course such an idyll cannot last, & when our heroes arrive at the army camp, they find it deserted, & before long Frank is infected with the Rage, & is shot by a bunch of soldiers who just happen to stop by, & soon take the remaining trio to the real army camp, a mansion properly secured against the zmbies (or so it seems), run by sound-minded major West (Christopher Eccleston).

Finally our heroes seem to have arrived in a safe haven ... or so it seems, since before long West provews to be a major league asshole, in fact needing the women as fuck- & birth-machines for his sexually starved men, & offering Jim just 2 alternatives, either to join them in happy rape, or to be shot. Good guy Jim of course chooses the latter.

Somehow though Jim manages to escape his shooting squad, manages to lure half of the soldiers outside of the safe perimeters around the mansion (where they are slaughtered by the zombies of course, who show little interest in slaughtering Jim as well), & manages to break into the safety zone waround the mansion again. Once there he decides to defeat major West & the rest of his army, & saince he cannot very well do this alone, he frees the camp's resident zombie (Marvin Campbell), who oddly enough only attacks bad people, & with his help Jim can soon kill all of the soldiers but major West, who makes a desperate attempt to take Hannah hostage, but she has the good sense of just feeding him to the resident zombie - good kid.

Another 28 days later: While the zombies are starving because there are no more people left they could eat, our little family - Jim, Celina & their substitiute daughter Hannah - are saved by ... an aeroplane (don't ask).

 

First off, I'm a bit of a sucker for zombie movies, even ... no, especially the bad ones.

So why didn't I like this one ?

Most probably because it takes it self so dead seriously, & pretends to transcend over the zombie genre & have an actual meaning to it ... which in my eaes it just has not, all the messages I can read out of it - family values are the best there is, the Alpha male will prevail etc - are pretty conservative to reactionary, while on a pure storytelling level, the film follows the zombie formula rather blindly, & manages to throw in some really cheesy scenes anyhow (& zombies & cheesy scenes just ton't go all that well together by definition). Rather a pity, actually.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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