Contagious Reads Summer of the Zombie: 28 Days Later
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, and Naomie Harris
Description from Amazon:
Hailed as the most frightening film since The Exorcist, acclaimed Director Danny Boyle’s visionary take on zombie horror “isn’t just scary…it’s absolutely terrifying” (Access Hollywood).
An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room…in a vacant hospital…in a deserted city. A powerful virus, which locks victims into a permanent state of murderous rage, has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland. Now a handful of survivors must fight to stay alive, unaware that the worst is yet to come…
28 Days Later
is a film about a young man, named Jim. who wakes up from a coma to find that the world has ended. He sort of stumbles along through a destroyed London and English country side until he encounters the 9th Doctor.
Lori: I recently re-watched this movie with my nephew. It’s probably one of his favorite zombie movies aside from Zombieland. And who can blame him. 28 Days Later is absolutely scary as fuck.
I mean come on the church scene is one of the few moments in scary movies that makes me jump. Still, to this day after seeing the movie at least a dozen times I still jump when Jim shouts, ‘Hello’.
Cillian Murphy plays Jim almost perfectly. He nails his ignorance and naivety.
Lindsay: I definitely agree that the casting is brilliant. Murphy does an amazing job with Jim and I loved watching the character transition from innocent and shy, to… well, feral.
Elyse: Lori always finds the most perfect gifs! And I totally agree about Cillian, and I definitely think this movie is what jump started his career. People started to notice him, I know I sure did.
Lori: The beginning of the movie is slow, but I kind of like it. I like the cinematic feel of it.
Elyse: The first time I watched it I almost stopped because I was losing interest fast, but when Selena shows up it’s game-over. She’s the kind of girl, no she’s the kind of person you without a doubt NEED in your group during the zombie apocalypse! She doesn’t doubt her decisions, and boy does she make the hard ones without batting an eye. RIP Mark. You were probably infected, but we didn’t wait to find out.
Lindsay: Yeah, I was the same way. The beginning was super slow, and I was wondering when stuff was gonna happen. But when it does happen, it’s fast! The slow scenes are broken up by these perfectly filmed action sequences that get your heart pumping! What I loved was that these rage-infected people aren’t faster than your average human, and their teeth haven’t become unbelievably sharp (the better to bite you with, my dear). They are just really fucking pissed.
Lori: The movie has it’s scary moments. It’s definitely a British film, with that sort of dry/stoic personality about it.
I love Selena’s character. I was actually really bummed when she, Jim and Hannah were not the focus of 28 Weeks Later.
Elyse: I always see the debate about whether the ‘zombies’ are actually zombies, people seem to think there’s a difference between the rage infected humans in this movie compared to zombies. What do you guys think?
Lindsay: I caught myself several times describing them as zombies, but then kept correcting myself. According to the dictionary, zombies are defined as:
the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.