28 Days Later (2002)

DANNY BOYLE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 2002.  DNA Films, British Film Council. Screenplay by .  Cinematography by . Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by . Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Danny Boyle directs this digitally filmed horror flick that manages to be more intense and intelligent than anything you’d ever expect to find under the genre heading ‘zombie films’. It starts with a group of animal rights activists freeing laboratory primates from an institution, who then unleash a terrible virus upon humanity that turns people into raving lunatics who only want to kill.   A car accident victim () wakes up out of a coma in an abandoned hospital twenty-eight days later with no idea what’s been going on, then teams up with a small group of survivors to see how long they can last without being infected with the horrible disease themselves.

Shots of a desolate, abandoned London are frightening enough without the added feature of the terrifying creatures that are roaming it in search of fresh blood.  Hope comes in the form of a protected army base, but the terrified soldiers might end up being even more frightening than the outside enemy. Magnificently paced and featuring up-front, visceral performances, this film will have you trembling in your seat long after the credits roll. Later theatrical prints were released with an alternate ending following the end titles, though it amounts to little more than a throwaway DVD feature and offers no further insight into the story.

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