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Worth Watching Even If You're Not Into The Horror/Zombie Genre
on 20 June 2017
I don't do zombies and have very little interest in horror films, and so it is not until 15 years after it was made that I finally watched this film. And I will say the loss was mine. While I'm still not gone on gore and scary creatures, the scenes showing the rabied infected are, though sudden and genuinely frightening, mercifully swift and short. The plot is not so much a horror story as a well contructed post-apocalyptic tale set in England, where a highly contiaous rabies-like disease has wiped out nearly the entire population, with a very few unaffected individuals trying to survive and escape to a place the infection hasn't reached.
The scenes of Cillian Murphy wandering around a completely deserted London are stunning and utterly chilling at the same time. The film is worth watching for that alone: seeing those iconic London locations entirely devoid of people. Similarly fascinating are the shots of that lone London taxi cab driving along the deserted motorway with the windmills silently churning away in the background. Knowing that all this was filmed for real rather than being created inside a computer makes it all the more remarkable. And then, just once in a while, inbetween the scenes of utter desolation and frightening attacks by the infected, there are seemingly incogruous moments of relief like the myriad of colourful buckets on the roof or the horses in the field. Inspired directing by Danny Boyle. Even the intentionally grainy picture quality, criticised by many reviewers, works very well for me. It fits in with the story.
The cast including Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston alongside Cillian Murphy is great, with them all turning in very solid performances. It was this cast that made me buy the DVD and I'm glad I ventured outside my comfort zone and watched the film. Along with great performances from some of my favourite actors, I got an intelligent and compelling story.
The two disc Limited Editon includes the following extra features:
- Commentary by director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland
- "Pure Rage" making of featurette
- "Jacknife Lee" Music Video
- Running Polaroid Gallery
- Animated Storyboards
- 28 Weeks Later: The rage is Back featurette
- First Story From 28 Days Later: The Aftermath graphic novel (booklet)
- Trailers for both 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later