On the first official Zombie Film Friday, I’ve decided to feature a film that I couldn’t during the April A to Z Blogging Challenge – 28 Days Later…
Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind’s savage nature.
My Rating: A
Interesting Fact: The ‘design’ for the symptoms of Rage was based on Ebola, which is communicable in all primates (including humans), and is transmitted through the blood. Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever which leads to a rash, red eyes and both internal and external bleeding. Indeed, in 28 Days Later: The Aftermath (a graphic novel set between 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, it is explained that the Ebola virus was being used by the scientists as a carrier for the inhibitor which mutated into Rage.
5 thoughts on “Zombie Film Fridays: 28 Days Later…”
Ah, a classic! And one of my biggest inspirations to write about this kind of thing 😉
I really thought I was going to like this film, unfortunately when I watched it, I was very disappointed in it… sorry. 😦
I adore this movie and thanks to you I now know about 28 Days Later: The Aftermath! Cheers! 🙂
The empty streets of London would have been creepy but for that lousy alternative guitar music which will forever date the film in the 1990’s. I think it was one of the biggest music mis-cues in a film. I liked 28 Weeks better, I’m sure you’ll be getting to that soon 🙂
28 Days Later is one of my favourite Zombie films. I love the early scenes with the empty streets of London, its so creepy. A really good film!