28 Days Later (reviewer requested by contest winner Shaun Dubie)

Release Date: 6/27/2003 – Rated R

Starring: Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins)

Plot Summary: A bunch of hippies break into a lab and try to free all of the monkeys being tested on there; the only problem is that these apes have been infected with a virus that causes extreme rage; it does not end well for those involved!  Twenty-eight days later… our main man Jim awakes from a coma, naked as the day he was born.  He wanders through the hospital desperately looking for some help, but there is no one around.  He makes it out into the streets of London, only to be alone there as well.  After some time walking around the city he makes his way into a church, where he finds some people.  But normal people don’t want to eat you do they?  He is forced to flee for his life, and his saved by two other survivors who explain to him that this disease has spread throughout England, possibly the world.  After going to Jim’s parents house, and discovering they killed themselves, the group is attached and one of the survivors is killed.  They later find two more people holed up in their apartment, and decide to travel together to find a safe place they heard about on the radio.

As they reach the area from the broadcast, they are ambushed by a group of soldiers.  The soldiers believe that they can just outlast the infected, as they hope the infected will soon starve to death.  The military guys decide that the women in Jim’s entourage need to ‘earn their keep’ sorta speak, and of course Jim doesn’t agree. He is drug out into the woods to be shot, but escapes and frees an infected soldier that they were studying; who quickly kills most of the other soldiers.  Jim kills a few, but takes a round to the gut; but they manage to escape.  Twenty-eight days later… Jim wakes up alone again, to find he is in a cottage in the country; where the survivors of his group wait to be saved.

Alex’s Thoughts: Everything about this movie is perfect, from the actors to the way in which it was shot. Everything.  You can debate whether this is a zombie movie all day, it doesn’t matter; the ‘infected’ could be dinosaurs or giant killer gummy bears, they are just there to drive the survivor’s characters.  At the end of the day this is a movie about people, and how people are what you need to fear; they are scarier then any monster you can put to film!  The greatest thing about this movie is that the survivors escape a city plagued by monsters, only to discover that the real monsters are people just like them. People who just want to survive.

Tim’s Thoughts: This movie scares the shit out of me every time I watch it. Who cares if you call it a zombie movie, or just a horror movie, it’s nearly perfect in every way. The acting is perfect, and the suspense in taut throughout the entire film. I can’t really say anything about this movie that Alex hasn’t said, other than it’s one of my favorites, and is one of the few movies that still scares me every time I watch it, oh yeah and Danny Boyle is a genius.

Alex Rates This Movie 10/10

Tim Rates This Movie 10/10

“No, see, this is a really shit idea. You know why? Because it’s really obviously a shit idea.”

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