28 Days Later

28 Days Later ★★★½

Hoop-Tober VI: Hooptober Lives #56

2019 Horrorx52 #18

The end is extremely fucking nigh.

It's not clear whether Danny Boyle is having a go at both the thinly veiled version of Cambridge Life Sciences presented here and their questionable practices, and the well-meaning but ultimately foolhardy individuals who break in to their establishment. Certainly the former and maybe there's a case for saying that you shouldn't go meddling in something you don't understand, although that stands for both parties.

Of course it's not hard to believe that somewhere in a lab someone is, or already has, brewed up something utterly monstrous for no other reason than that it gives you at least the sense that you in some way have the upper hand. It's not that having that something means that the other side won't do something stupid, but if they do you can do something equally stupid back to them.

Not that we are ever given a single moment's insight into why anyone would come up with something like the Rage virus. It's just not necessary, we all understand how the world works.

The sight of a still dazed and no doubt bewildered Jim (Cillian Murphy) on the deserted streets of London is still an impressive one and the choice of accompaniment, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's "East Hastings" is a perfect one, the slow build to a crescendo of realisation that Britain, if no the whole world is fucked. Post-rock for the post-apocalypse.

It is a film of two halves, the escape from the capital and salvation, or at least the initial promise of it, at the hands of what's left of the establishment.

I can't say that I've ever been convinced by the dramatic turn around of Murphy's character, from meek bicycle courier to rampaging killing machine, but I think we can let this pass.

This time around though, what struck me was the visit soon after his reawakening that Jim makes to a church, perhaps foolishly believing that this might be a place of redemption, only to find it crammed with dormant individuals, just waiting to be triggered, waiting for something to set them off into a snarling, foaming-at-the-mouth fury.

The ending may feel a little bit at odds with what's gone before, a little bit cosy, bit think about it, their experience with the Army wasn't that great, so why should it be any better with the RAF? Not so cosy after all.

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