28 Days Later

28 Days Later ★★★★½

It's kinda sad and troubling how quickly modern horror movie watchers have forgotten what they owe to Danny Boyle's kick-down-the-door post-apocalyptic horror movie 28 DAYS LATER (no relation to the Sandra Bullock alcoholism movie). People still get into petty (and moronic) arguments as to whether or not this film 'qualifies' as a zombie film. My response to that is to get your head out of your cavernous ass and deal with the reality: this IS the first post-modern, 21st Century, zombie film. This is the film that started the zombie movie craze of the last ten years. Almost every zombie film, game, novel and other mass media product made today is ONLY made possible because of the success of Boyle's ambitious and, kinda crazy, 'quasi zombies who aren't dead and can run after you' film that started it all (and even gave George Romero a post-2000 career).

Boyle is very much your old man's filmmaker; he's the guy who merges the technical understanding of how to make film with how to tell different kinds of stories. Here he shoots the-movie-that-started-the-modern-zombie-craze on low resolution digital video, rewrites the rules on how zombie films work and even shifts between three different genres across the film. The end result is watchable, enjoyable and exhilarating for the most part and while many horror fans have a distaste for the constantly tone-shifting narrative; regular audiences will probably find the device a far more emotionally satisfying experience and see this, the post-2000 equivalent of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, as a weighty, poignant and artistically resilient entry into the horror genre. See the film that restarted it all and is still the best in the entry, even if the monsters are not the literal 'walking dead'.