28 Days Later

28 Days Later ★★★★½

Visceral and violent, with touching moments of humanity. Credited with starting the revival of the zombie genre, which we are still in today (The Walking Dead, Zombieland, etc.) and introducing the world to Fast Zombies!

When they're driving through the countryside in one of the film's lighter moments, there's a transition scene that looks like an oil painting; in fact I think it is one. I always loved that – a moment of peace and beauty amidst the chaos and blood and dirt. It's a grimy movie, shot mostly on MiniDV, a format at the lower end of digital video's resolution scale at the time, nearly 20 years ago. The result is a picture that is bleary and depressing, almost hard to watch; fitting for the story.

The third act falls to generic military action, but is intense and powerful nevertheless. A happy ending, maybe too happy. Roger Ebert said in his (positive) review of the film, "The conclusion is pretty standard. My imagination is just diabolical enough that when that jet fighter appears toward the end, I wish it had appeared, circled back--and opened fire."

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