28 Days Later

I think Bill's got a point. If you look at the whole life of the planet, we, you know, man, has only been around for a few blinks of an eye. So if the infection wipes us all out, that is a return to normality.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * * · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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Dawn of the Dead is one of the best zombie movies because it doesn't focus on the zombies, but on the people who must deal with them. 28 Days Later understands this lesson well. The zombies are a vehicle for a story about people. 28 Days Later is an excellent horror apocalypse science fiction flick and should not be missed.

28 Days Later is simple and powerful. It was made on eight million dollars or fifteen times less than Pirates of teh Caribbean's one hundred twenty five million dollar budget. What 28 Days Later lacks in effects it makes up for with a thought provoking story and excellent acting. There are a few arm-chair gripping jumpy moments but it is the brains and detail of this movie that make it what it is. The acting is top notch and the sets, for their very limited budget, are an excellent vehicle for a great dark story.

The DVD of 28 Days Later is quite good except for a sub-par picture. The film was all shot with digital cameras instead of film but I do not know if that was the cause for the halo effect of the over-done edge enhancement. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound was fine and a directors commentary is included as well as a slew of deleted scenes and two alternate endings. It is a great DVD to buy.

28 Days Later is a smart movie in a market of trash like Michael Bay's new Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Do not miss it.