28 Days Later, OK so I thought it was even more Sandra Bullock schlepp
Feb 12, 2004
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Avoided this like the plague cause I truthfully couldnt sit through another Bullock gee, aint I the cute and perky girl next door love fest. Over Christmas I was literally at deaths door with the flu, (someday Ill tell you about my incredible file cabinet I found buried in my chest ... man, talk about hallucinating ... lol ...) so as I wafted my way back to recovery I stocked up on about 30 movies, seriously, and took to watching. Somehow this ditty slipped in the pack.
I groaned, slipped it in the DVD player anyway, and figured maybe I needed a little light hearted comedy involving perfectly coiffed hair and perky breasts. Instead ........
28 days later I wondered what the Hell I had just watched.
First I must mention the opening of the movie. This theme has been present in several releases, patient awakens to find he is the last person left alive in the lab where he has been kept captured for some time. In fact, I would assume for 28 days. The theme of 28 days often repeats itself throughout the movie and the only coalition I could get from this idea was the female menstrual cycle - every 28 days the opportunity for new life is given. Ok, call me sick, in fact I was at the time.
So, picture this, you come to, awake, whatever, and there is no one alive but you. Naturally we can only assume what that would feel like because after all, here we are, there are at least 2 people alive in the world. Or I was when I wrote this so maybe you really are the last one left. I cant imagine what that would feel like. Even though I have always found myself content to live in a quiet world with little or no interaction with outsiders, still .......
Naturally, as with all good or bad creature/monster/horror films, scientists are at the core of the gig. Scientists were involved here as well with a bunch of monkeys that have some weird virulent virus that will kill off the world (ha, ha, in 28 days) and at the opposite end of the spectrum you have the do-gooders. The guys that want to free the captive monkeys that are being used for experiments. Thats when it gets ugly and the virus is set free to run its merry course.
So, our hero, Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up and finds himself alone on the streets of London. Sure he runs into people but they are infected with the virus and have an uncontrollable rage, best to avoid these chaps. Eventually he meets up with a babette, Selena (Naomie Harris) and her running partner, Mark (Noah Huntley), and they try to escape the city and find out what has happened in the world, and to their families, without becoming dinner for someone.
28 Days Later borders on the apocalypse with undercurrents of a great messages that should be heeded. Is the world is out to destroy itself? Did that make it a great movie, hardly. It was a decent flick and for some reason reminded me of Memento, maybe because the repetitive 28 day theory. It was written by Alex Garland and directed by Danny Boyle. Somewhat violent with quite a few gore shots, it would probably not interest those that shy away from these types of movies. It was nominated for several awards in various categories and won several international awards.
The DVD carries audio commentary by Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, alternative ending but theatrical and radical - both with optional commentary, deleted scenes with optional commentary. It offers Pure Rage: The Making of 28 Days Later, music video by Jacknife Lee, polaroid galleries with director commentary and animated storyboards. The extras almost double the size of the movie.
28 Days Later...is a film about a mutated bio-weapon that is released from a lab that infects people with a nasty virus that turns them homicidal. The isle of Britain has become quarantined and only a few unlucky survivors must fend for themselves as there is no one around who can help them. One survivor Jim (Cillian Murphy) was in the hospital during all of this and is awakened to a nightmarish Hell. During his travels around London, he meets up with a few others and try to get out of the city … more
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