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When British Zombies go bad
28 Days Later (DVD)
Member Name: tlmartin
28 Days Later (DVD)
Advantages: A classic Zombie movie with a British edge
As a fan of Zombie horror movies, I had to watch this when it was out. It is a fantastic movie, so naturally when it came out on DVD I bought it. This movie is one I can watch again and again, while not a classic George Romero zombie movie, it is an excellent British zombie movie. I do think some of the British horror movies on classic myths like Zombies, Werewolves etc. can be absolutely brilliant as they encompass our sense of humour and sarcasm that American horror flicks miss as they try to be slapstick funny or just full of gore and suspense.
Story (May contain spoilers)
Some activists fighting against experiments on animals break into a science facility where they are experimenting with violent images on chimps. One of these chimps bites an activist who becomes infected with what is known as "The Rage Virus" which turns anyone infected into a creature that's whole purpose in life is to be violent to the non-infected, essentially a Zombie.
A man, Jim, who was in a coma before all of this happened, wakes up.... 28 Days Later (hence the title). He wakes up in an empty hospital and starts to wonder what happened. He walks out of the hospital into an empty London (London is never empty even at night so this is pretty eerie). During his investigation he unwittingly disturbs a number of Zombies who end up chasing him across London until he is rescued by a couple who have been surviving this nightmare for a while.
While Jim is getting some catch up lessons on what has been happening over the last 28 Days one of the 3 gets caught out, just leaving Jim and Selena in the middle of London trying to survive. They come across a father and daughter and all try to head up to a military base in Manchester, this is when things get worse as the military group no longer getting orders are an all male unit, so when 2 females arrive they stop being protectors, and start thinking of themselves.
Question is who is worse, the Zombies or the Military Unit? Will these survivors escape and be free? Will there be a cure?
At this point these actors had not been in much, or anything as big, and they did an absolutely excellent job. The actors definitely make you believe they are in a world where they are the minority, fighting to survive against.... Well Zombies.
The special effects are good, which they really have to be in a zombie movie. The gore looks believable and scary, which is all anyone could ask for in a zombie movie.
The soundtrack to the movie is pretty good, I have even bought this myself to listen to (I do enjoy OST's). There is a good mix of music that is very representative of the feelings and emotions this movie conveys.
Overall this is a fantastic movie well worth watching, especially if you are a fan of horror or zombie movies. I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
Summary: A classic zombie movie with a British edge