Tuesday, October 06, 2015
31 Days of Halloween - Day 6 - Movie 1
Today I decided to revisit 28 Days Later (2002), Danny Boyle's post apocalyptic tale of civilization being brought to its knees by a highly infectious virus which fills the infected person with lethal rage, making them akin to super aggressive zombies without the restriction of actually being reanimated dead. At the time of its release, 28 Days Later, well regarded for it's intensity and novel presence of fast moving "zombies."
While these aspects are admirable, the film has staying power because it's really about survival and maintaining your humanity while doing so while others throw it aside in order to get by and take what they want. The real monsters here aren't the infected, which while being an ambient presence aren't physically in much of the movie, but fellow human beings who see the collapse of civilization as license to do whatever they want to whomever they want. Most impressive is the haunting desolation of empty London and the countryside of England.