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28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-hyped underperformer, 27 May 2003
This review is from: 28 Days Later (2002) [DVD] (DVD)
"28 Days Later" has a good, if not original, storyline about a highly contagious virus escaping from a research laboratory. When infected, people are locked into a permanent state of murderous rage, and nobody is immune. A small group of survivors attempt to escape from "the infected" to an army base in Manchester, where eight soldiers have fortified a large country house. When the survivors arrive, they discover that the soldiers are not as friendly as they had hoped.
The film starts well, with some eerie shots of a deserted, litter-strewn London. It deals with some interesting ideas - how much do humans require company? how far are you prepared to go to safeguard your survival? - but weak acting performances and a badly developed plot squander the film's initial promise.
The zombie-like infected are not as terrifying as they should be, and don't seem as rage-filled as we were led to believe. If they are in a state of mindless bloodlust, why don't they ever attack eachother? Action sequences are few and far between, and the pace of the film is painfully slow in places.
The army camp section is fairly badly done - the acting is positively wooden. The ridiculous feel-good ending comes far too late, and the alternate ending on the DVD is almost exactly the same. A shameless marketing ploy.
The film is shot on digital video, giving it a murky, gritty look. This works really well in the opening sections in London, but once the story moves out of the city, the film starts to look like a home movie.
Overall, this film is worth watching but it doesn't stack up against other Zombie films - the pace is too slow and it takes itself far too seriously. It also isn't a match for other recent horror films - "Dog Soldiers" was much more enjoyable - relatively low concept, well acted, and not as hyped as this rather mediocre offering.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set [DVD]
Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- Two-disc set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Graham Chapman
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Price: £3.94

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death awaits you all, with nasty, big, pointy teeth, 25 Feb. 2003
The accepted wisdom on this film is that it is the second-best of the Monty Python films, after "The Life of Brian". That is in fact, not true. While "Brian" had many things that "Grail" lacks, such as a linear storyline, and it shows two fingers to the religious establishment; it also lacks the sheer madcap humour of this film.
The film basically consists of a series of sketches and set pieces arranged in a roughly chronological order. There are superb performances from all the actors, with John Cleese's wonderful turn as Sir Lancelot and Michael Palin in the role of Sir Galahad being the outstanding ones.
The sheer number of hilarious scenes in this film simply beggars belief. Every scene is a masterpiece of comedy, even the much-maligned final scene. Not even "The Life of Brian" can make that claim, brilliant though it is.
The bottom line is that generations of people in Britain and around the world have enjoyed Monty Python for most of their lives. This is true because of the towering comic genius of the six men involved. This film is, quite simply, Monty Python at their best.


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