After a group of animal rights activists tries to free monkeys that have been infected with a rage virus, all hell breaks loose. But Jim (Cillian Murphy) knows nothing of that – he wakes up in hospital 28 days later to find an apparently empty world. Looking for an explanation and narrowly avoiding the infected, he finds Selena (Naomie Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley) who fill him in. Together they take up the fight for survival.
I have heard many good things about 28 Days Later… and so my expectations were very high. While the film is solid and good, it couldn’t quite match those expectations. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it.
What disappointed me most is the twist with the soldiers [SPOILERS] that Christopher Eccleston had promised the women to the soldier to repopulate the earth or to just keep their spirits up or I don’t know. [/SPOILERS] On the surface that might make sense, but if you look at it more closely, it doesn’t really. Granted, that could have been the point, but the entire thing felt thrown into the ring, without much thought. Especially without much thought for Selena and Hannah (Megan Burns), as the film seems more concerned with Jim’s reaction who promptly gets turned into the savior.
But apart from that I really enjoyed the film. I enjoyed the calm moments in particular and the eerie mood that Boyle created with the abandoned city (however did he manage to get London so fucking empty?), the wonderful soundtrack and the cinematography that captures it all. Generally it felt like they shot this on a rather cheap camcorder and instead of making the movie feel cheap and ridiculous, it gives the impression that whoever shot this was also living in a world where (electronic) commodities are reduced to a bare minimum.
The cast is, unsurprisingly great. Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Brendan Gleeson, but also Megan Burns really give hteir respective characters life and it’s easy to like all four of them. And I probably don’t have to mention that I squealed when I realized that the voice I heard on the radio was Christopher Eccleston (I didn’t know he was in this and I usually don’t recognize voices, so it was a double surprise) whose blond hair was a little weird, but that doesn’t make his performance any less.
But despite all the good things, I was missing something in the film, even if I couldn’t tell you what. I just never fell into it as much as would have been necessary to really make the film awesome. Maybe in the sequel.