28 Days Later
Release year: 2002
Director: Danny Boyle
Screenwriter: Alex Garland
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, Noah Huntley, Leo Bill
Ratings: Saturn Award: Best Horror Film. Empire Award: Best British Film.
Four weeks after a mysterious and incurable virus has spread across the UK leaving few survivors fighting of the zombies the rest has turned into, Jim (Murphy) wakes up at an empty hospital with no clue as to what is going on.
This collaboration between acclaimed British director Boyle (Trainspotting, 1996) and British novelist Garland (Ex Machina, 2014) was a success both with critiques and audiences who lapped up the nightmarish set up and the humanist drama with delight. Fast moving zombies were mainly ignored by the film industry since The Return of the Living Dead from 1985 but were made popular by this gritty and effectful horror flick. Sporting both a great script, excellent performances and a sense of realism bringing the horror uncomfortable close to home, the movie brought life back to the zombie genre in a way that it is still going strong today. Murphy (The Dark Knight, 2008) and Harris (Skyfall, 2012) were both rather unknown when starring as the leads and the intimacy they bring to the movie with the help of the always brilliant Gleeson (The Guard, 2011) and young Burns (Liam, 2000) is a big part of why this works as well as it does. One of the best of British horrors and even one of the better zombie films, this is unmissable for any fan of the genre.
For the London scenes police would close the roads at 4am and filming would begin immediately. After 1 hour, the police would reopen the roads. The producers correctly predicted that asking drivers (including clubbers headed home) to either wait for up to an hour or find another route might make some of them angry. They got several extremely attractive young women (including Danny Boyle‘s daughter) to make the necessary requests, and the drivers responded quite amicably to them.
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