28 Days Later… (2002)

28 Days Later… (2002, GBR/USA/NED) C-113m. *** D: Danny Boyle. Starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, Noah Huntley. After a car accident, hospital patient Murphy awakens from a coma into an eerily deserted London. Stumbling through the city he finally meets someone and learns that a plague or a virus has wiped out civilization, with some infected people, behaving much like zombies, roaming the streets looking for blood. Harrowing, intriguing horror film is quite graphic, but does not forget to explore the characters' emotional development. The result is an intelligent, atmospheric thriller whose only fault is that it is sometimes too reminiscent of the zombie classics DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) and DAY OF THE DEAD (1985), copying ideas or even entire scenes. Recommended to horror fans.


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