April 23, 2008

Review #1: 28 Days Later (2002)

So we have officially kicked off the club with our first night of Horror DVD watching. Here begin the reviews!

Sub-Genre- Post-Apocalyptic Monkey Zombie Mania!
In Attendance- Me, Eryn, and The Vanilla Gorilla (Nicknames are used to protect the innocent, so bear with us folks.)

A bunch of hippie animal liberation assholes break into a research lab to free a bunch of captive chimps, because that seems like a rational, responsible thing to do. These chimps are really angry after being experimented on for so long, and so they bite their would-be rescuers, infecting them with their anger. Within seconds, the hippies are angry too, and so they bite some other people, and pretty soon the entirety of the United Kingdom is pissed off and red-eyed too, and the country becomes populated by "Sort-of Zombies."

Jim (Cillian Murphy), wakes up from a coma, unaware that all of this has happened, and we see his penis. He sets off in search of Bangers and Mash, but finds only deserted streets and angry "Sort-of Zombies" that apparently hate him and would like to smack him in the mouth. 

Not him though. He's not pissed at all.
He meets a hot black chick named Selena, and vows to take up breakdancing to win her heart. Along the way, they meet up with a few other survivors, and they all end up finding the Army, who turn out to be extremely unpleasant, and not all that helpful.

After Jim's first attempt at breakdancing, Selena could do nothing but smirk.
Will Jim and Selena survive the onslaught of enraged Sort-of Zombies? What about Frank and Hannah? Will the Army help them, or will they just try to rape everyone instead? Far be it from us to spoil anything for you here, but suffice it to say that The UK is probably not the best place to be during a world-ending viral outbreak

Oh let him in. It's raining!
An overall effective movie, 28 Days Later makes you feel despair from the word go, and doesn't let up on you until the end. The washed-out look of it all inspires dread, and the music adds to the atmosphere up quite well. Danny Boyle is a good egg.

There are a few great scares to be had here, and the general unease that the movie achieves should keep you creeped out for the entire runtime. Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson are great in this one.

Not helpful at all.
Cillian Murphy's penis and ass.

Also, for people who are terrified and desperately trying to sneak around and avoid the savage infected at any cost, they sure talked/yelled really loud.

Then again, why be quiet? They have guns.
Cillian Murphy's penis and ass.

Why, Cillian, why?!?
Infected people are beaten to death, chopped with machetes, shot...  not to mention the eye gouging, and biting. There are also lots of infected people vomiting and spewing blood in this one. This movie is plenty gory & violent.

Aside from Cillian Murphy baring all, we also get a few infected women running around topless, but it's all kind of gross.

"Did you just call me a batty boy, mate?"
Never trust angry monkeys. Also, hippies cause more problems than they solve.

Ain't that the truth.
Intense, creepy, bloody, and violent, 28 Days Later is one fun Infected/Zombie flick. It's a solid buy, or at the very least, a rent. You won't be wasting time with this one, so give it a shot.


28 Days Later is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.


Naomie Harris, and a now grown-up Megan Burns.

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