28 Days Later

28 Days Later

One of my favorite movies at 14, I forgot how absolutely dogshit it looks. Works in the movie's favor more than a few times, but you're never not swimming upstream. You've gotta understand, I had never seen anything shot digitally like this and I was deeply charmed. Never again.

I remembered the sequence with Cillian Murphy walking around an abandoned London to Godspeed You! Black Emperor being really cool and on rewatch I think "cool" was probably underselling it. It feels like a miracle. Knowing that they couldn't afford to close down London and had to just shoot early in the morning before people were out only makes it more tense. Every shot feels impossible. They did that and only caught it on this home movie ass camera? I'll take all the sort of boring third act army stuff and "maybe they should've done this as a silent film?" dialogue in the world if you put that London sequence in your movie. I don't think any other horror movie I'm aware of captured the specific visual dread and agony of 9/11 like Boyle did. Something is incredibly wrong and we didn't have time to film it better.

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