28 Days Later

December 27, 2012 by  
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Directed by Danny Boyle, who has to his credit such subliminal movies such as Trainspotting, 28 Days    Later is a thrilling story of zombie-like humans or the “infected” overtaking London and turning normal people into hunted game. Released in 2003, the film received accolades from both critics and the masses alike. It is considered amongst the top 10 horror movies to have been made in the last decade.

 To make a long story short: Plot Summary

The movie begins with a laboratory being attacked by a band of animal activists, who want to free the animals caged up inside. Despite the frantic warnings of the scientists in the laboratory, the activists free the animals, unaware that they’re carrying a deadly virus that causes uncontrollable “rage”. This “rage” virus then infects the activists when they’re bitten by the animals and thus begins the zombie/infected apocalypse.

Cut to 28 days after the outbreak, Jim (Cillian Murphy) who is a bicycle messenger, wakes up from a coma to find that his city, London, has turned into a wasteland. He somehow manages to fight off the infected and reaches an abandoned church. What he doesn’t know is that the church is teeming with more of the infected. He is saved in the nick of time by Selena (Naomie Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley), who have been battling and surviving the zombie apocalypse as best as they can. Together, they try to make their way through London and find aid before the “infected” can get to them. Along the way, they find the father-daughter team of Frank (Brendan Gleeson) and Hannah (Megan Burns) who tell them that a message is being aired on the radio by the armed forces.This message contains information about a safe haven near Manchester. Together, the group journeys to find help. But they’re unaware of a deep and dangerous conspiracy that awaits them.

 Acting/Chills and thrills

 The movie stands out in the whole zombie/undead genre. The ending may seem improbable given the characters’ circumstances. But aside from that, the story and performances are great, as are the scares provided by the zombies. As Jim, Cillian Murphy turns in a convincing performance of a man who has to grapple with a grim reality after awakening into a terrifying world. He is ably helped by the rest of the cast, especially Naomie Harris, in his fight for survival. Despite being a story that has been previously told by geniuses like George Romero, the plotline manages to keep you hooked till the very end and you find yourself wondering what would really happen if a zombie outbreak were to occur.