28 Days Later (2002)
This was almost the scariest film I ever saw… and then I finished watching it.
And now the long version of this review.
“28 Days Later” starts off with Jim, our hero, awakening in an abandoned hospital 28 days after a viral outbreak from what appeared to be a rabid monkey. If zombie films have taught me anything it’s never do medical experiments on rabid monkeys and just avoid them at all costs. Jim proceeds to walk aimlessly around London in search for people and answers. After an unfortunate run in with some “infected” Jim manages to locate some survivors. They fill him in on the details of what has happened in the last month, and together they decide to search out help. Though sometimes you’re better off on your own.
So what went wrong with this movie? Honestly? Not much. The plot was great, the acting was great, the “infected” were scary as hell. There was a constant scare factor going on throughout the film. So what’s the problem? Let me correct myself on one of those points. The plot was 2/3 great, 1/3 ridiculous. And story is everything right? Basically 2/3 into it the film does a 90 degree turn in a very different direction. What was a very realistic feeling total scarefest film turns into an over the top unbelievable scenario where Jim becomes a Ramboesque hero out of nowhere. Followed up by a happy ending that made way less sense than the original dark depressing ending.
All that being said I still had trouble falling asleep for the next 2 weeks. And a perfect movie for 2/3 of the way through is still above average.
Best Line – “No, no. No, see, this is a really shit idea. You know why? Because it’s really obviously a shit idea.”
Best Weapon – Mailer