28 Days Later

28 Days Later ★★★

I really like Danny Boyle as a director for the most part. Trainspotting is one of my favorite films of all time. And I have heard exceedingly good things about hus entry into the zombie film genre, which helped propel the genre into the complete mess its in today. So I was ready for something jaw dropping.

Instead, I got something pretty good but relatively forgettable I would say. The performances are probably my favorite part. Especially when looking at Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy. They absolutely nail their roles and having Gleeson have a smaller amount of screen time than others is an absolute travesty.

Having something be so low budget can swing one of two ways. The first is that it has a campy endearing quality and really exemplifies what you can do with so little money. However for this film I unfortunately found it falling more into the second category. The category where the technical cracks become more abundantly clear. I still commend the film for what it did, and I still think it's a good film, but having the action scenes so poorly lit and shot in my opinion just sours a decent chunk of the film. However not all the action scenes feel that way. When they first run into Gleesons character in the stairwell, and he fights off zombies while wearing riot gear is a great example of using small tight sets and places to stage smaller scale actions scenes.

Anyway I'm pretty excited to see 28 Weeks Later. I know not everyone is a fan but I did enjoy the world Danny Boyle set up and am interested in seeing more from it.

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