|28 Days Later|
|The story is in a lab a very vigilant virus breaks loose from man's control - wreaking havok on London..perhaps further but early on it is unknown. A man wakes up from a Coma in a hospital to find himself alone. Jim staggers about calling out, but nobody hears him. Or so it may seem. He runs into some survivors and discovers that not everybody is dead. There are some remaining who have the virus and are immediately affected with violent rages and a loss of sanity. Blood is the way it is spread...all it takes is just one drop.
One of the activists is killed and the remaining, selena, pairs up with Jim and they run into a father/daughter they take into their group. Safety seems to be in numbers and there is just an instinctual need to find others, and to find out what happened to the rest of the world. These aren't really zombies, but victims of a virus which exhibit violent tendancies, rage and will make you very afraid. There's a military unit, but soon they discover that these soldiers have motivations of their own for taking them in that have nothing at all to do with protection, but to serve their own needs.
|Some compare this to a Romero film, zombies and b-esque, but I don't like to quickly label anything. Overall I wasn't blown away - to say the least if you get nausious easily you may want to skip past the hotdogs. Responsible are the very shakey camera shots which to be honest I really don't like during the intense fight scenes which are done all too often in films. It's hard to make out what you are even looking at..just some screaming, blood and lots of blurry movements.|
|And don't think they forgot about some passionate scenes, there is some sexual tension going on here. There are a few films this has been compared to, I kept being reminded of "The Omega Man" with Charlton Heston. There are many parallells in the basic storyline that it's hard to look at this film as an original. While Jim is very much a dork in the beginning, he eventually wins me over as a lead character. I think the one I could have done without is the teenage girl, they always have to throw in a kid.|
|There are a few instances of camerwork I did enjoy along with certain scene-twists, one in particular involving the father of the girl in a moment he has staring up at a corpse stuck overhead as a bird pecks at it. It is an intense movie, but unfortunately plods along in some scenes. I gave it a mediocre score, after another viewing i might bump that score up or down, it was hard to really have a stand on this film except that it didn't blow me away like it did others. Maybe that was the dissapointment, and I think those who go based on those reviews and the ever-misleading trailers might find themself hating the film. "28 days Later" has no mercy, and a select few who are truly avid fans of this genre are really going to enjoy it. One thing is I shouldn't have eaten that cold pizza before I went.
Also i hear there are alternate endings, if you see this film next time in theaters try sticking around after the credits are over. A few speculated on the way the film ended (some flat out hated it), I think the message was quite clear - there was no need for them to be saved anymore.
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