I remember first watching this film with the expectations of it being "scary as hell". That's what the trailers kept saying. It wasn't. It was fuckin' fantastic, though.
After the events of September 11th, 2001...Hollywood was in a very weird place and so was, for that matter, our genre of horror. Films that were released afterward mostly dealt with supernatural themes and stuff that stayed away from anything involving more grand scale type horror. Well, in 2003...28 Days Later came out and boasted something that we were finally prepared to see. An intelligent zombie/infected film that touched on several more social themes and notions than just the undead running around infecting others. It might be smarter than Romero's first foray into the sub-genre. I know...I know...that's kind of a bold statement. But, seriously....28 Days Later is a unique take on what Romero introduced decades ago.
I love a good zombie/infected movie as much as the next guy...but, this one's directed by Danny Boyle. What does that mean?? Well...I guess you've never seen Trainspotting then, huh? 28 Days Later basically took the tired zombie genre and injected it with life. What if you woke up one day in a hospital all by yourself. You get up to have a look around and there's nobody. The world has vanished. You are all alone....or are you?
This film has stood the test of time and only gets better after every watch. With Halloween approaching...what better way than to snuggle up in the dark with this entry into the horror world and see how far a film can bend the limitations of a simplistic genre staple. There has been a luke-warm sequel to this masterpiece along with a planned third entry that has some talk of Boyle stepping into the director's chair once again. But, this is where it all started....ground zero. A "zombie" film that came after the events of 9/11 and shook us into a different state of fear.
5 out of 5
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