Guest Review: 28 Days Later by Mansion of the Macabre

By Mansion of the Macabre

Directed by Danny Boyle, and Written by Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Christopher Eccleston

28 Days Later is a groundbreaking and fantastic Zombie film, if you can truly call it a Zombie film. There has been some debate to that point and we here at The Mansion would like to settle that dispute. In the traditional sense, Zombies are dead humans whom for unexplained reasons have become reanimated and react on simple neurological impulses. The creatures in 28 Days Later are living humans whom have become infected with a virus called Rage, which transforms them into aggressive and violent creatures that attack without provocation (Not that undead Zombies react differently).

In the film, Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakes in a London Hospital to find himself alone. Not just alone, but perhaps the only living soul on the planet, or so he thinks. He discovers from a Newspaper that a group of activists released some experimental apes and in so doing caused the spread of a Virus or Plague that has consumed the whole population into blood thirsty Zombies in only 28 Days. Jim eventually teams with a group of survivors attempting to find a safe haven or simply trying to live. Living on only sugar and canned goods, the group has to outlive the virus, its victims and each other in an attempt to find safety and understanding in the apocalyptic world that they now find themselves in. 

The movie is not only an analytical glimpse of human behaviour but is also a brilliant take on the Zombie Apocalypse. These are not George Romero's rotten slow moving corpses, The 28 Days' Zombies are terrifying and dangerous creatures that can run at super human speeds, offering a brand new dimension of Zombie Horror.


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