Tuesday, January 26, 2010

28 Days Later

28 Days Later is a 2002 zombie film The Elder Son has been suggesting to me for ages but which just never made it to the top of the stack. Well, I put it on top. It's directed by Danny Boyle and stars Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow in Batman Begins).

Viddler.com has it online with foreign subtitles. [update: well, that's gone already. Try here:

Moria gives it 2 1/2 stars and faint praise. 1000 Misspent Hours gives it 4 stars and closes by saying, "So while it’s true that I expected more zombies, I’m entirely satisfied with what I got instead." Roger Ebert describes it as "a tough, smart, ingenious movie that leads its characters into situations where everything depends on their (and our) understanding of human nature." Variety says it "shows a rather arrogant disdain for its audience in between occasional flashes of flair." The New York Times opens with this:
When ''28 Days Later'' is not scaring you silly, it invites you to reflect seriously on the fragility of modern civilization, which has been swept away by a gruesome and highly contagious virus while the hero lies peacefully in a coma.


  1. It was a fairly good movie. I could have done without the exposed penis shot at the beginning, but it thankfully did not extend throughout the length of the movie.

    The ending took me by surprise, but if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

    The movie is somewhat dangerous in that it suggests that (1) zombies can run and (2) they will die off after a few weeks from lack of food. False information spread by movies like this just gets gullible movie fans killed when the real thing breaks out.

  2. Full frontal male nudity is so rare in the films I've seen. I always notice it. I should make a list.

    I'm not at all convinced these were real zombies. Were they even dead?