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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 !!!
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
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.
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.