December 24, 2010

28 Days Later (Zombie Classic)

On the twelfth day of zombie, my true love gave to me.....

     12 zombies sprinting

28 DAYS LATER - 2003    [REVIEW]

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Christopher Eccleston

SYNOPSIS: 28 days after a hyper-infectious virus ravages the UK and turns the populace into savage "zombies," a bike courier named Jim wakes from a coma and must come to terms with living in a post-apocalyptic England.

BEST LINE: That was longer than a heartbeat.

BEST SCENE: When a group of soldiers attempt to rape his friends, Jim shows that he -- an uninfected person -- can be more savage and deadly than even the infected.

CLASSIC STATUS: The influence of 28 Day Later cannot be understated. While 28 Days Later wasn't breaking new ground with its plot, the film was like a rush of cocaine into the bloodstream of zombie cinema. After 28 Days Later, zombie films concentrated less on the undead and more on viral infection as the cause of zombism, zombies became more animal-like and savage, and zombie films began to present zombies that were capable of chasing their victims like Olympic sprinters. Regardless of whether you like these changes, 28 Days Later has had a profound effect on zombie media in the 21st century.