28 Days Later … (2002)

Directed by: Danny Boyle | 113 minutes | horror, thriller, science fiction | Actors: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendon Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Alex Palmer, Noah Huntley, Christopher Dunne, Emma Hitching, Alexander Delamere, Kim McGarrity

Jim wakes up from a coma in a hospital in London 28 days after the virus was released. He investigates and finds that both the hospital and the streets of London are deserted. Litter is everywhere; cars and buses are in the middle of the street. On his quest, he goes to check out a church. Here he is confronted with zombies. Jim flees the church and then meets Frank and Selena, who initially shelter him in a subway station. They tell him what happened. Jim wants to see if his parents are still alive and the three of them go out the next morning. It turns out his parents committed suicide. Since it is not wise to walk on the street at night, they decide to spend the night in the house of Jim’s parents. The next day they want to look for more survivors.Or is it perhaps more important to survive for yourself!

Horror films are generally not known for a strong script, but if the film is so scary that you jump out of your chair with every sound, then the film is a success. The plot of ’28 Days Later… ‘is not original, but it is very strongly filmed. The strength of ’28 Days Later… ‘lies in the silences, among other things. Normally the tense moments are preceded by swelling music, but here it is and remains dead silent. All you hear are the dialogues and the sounds caused by the main characters or, for example, the wind. This means that you have to make more effort to follow the film, which means that you are also more involved with the ups and downs of the main characters. The fact that director Danny Boyle has chosen a relatively unknown cast also adds to the credibility of the story.Because the characters in the film are not one-dimensional, the viewer really starts to empathize with them. Sometimes the film is therefore more of a drama than a horror film. When the acting performances are still perfectly fine, the film is an absolute must for the horror lover, but certainly also for film fans who love exciting thrillers.


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