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28 Days Later will go down in history for changing zombie movies forever...

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Looking back at nearly every zombie film, they all moved and looked the same. The undead would move slowly, usually had a missing limb, or just blood dripping from the mouth or the eyes. However, 28 Days Later is one of the films that changed zombie films forever.

Twenty-eight days after a virus accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. This disease is carried by animals and humans, and turned those infected into homicidal maniacs and is impossible to contain. The plot is simple and is the same survival story as all the rest. Although, what's different is the screenwriting and the character development. It's surprising that a zombie film has been made into so much more. It began as a mere zombie flick, but also is cleverly written. The characters are developed so well and the audience can't help but feel sympathetic for each character from this small group of survivors.

This cast is wonderful, to say the least. The performances are outstanding and are easily the best one can find in a virus film. Cillian Murphy performs as the main character, Jim. The audience finds out what has happened after the virus has spread at the same time he's realizing it since he wakes up in a hospital, unaware of the virus. The acting in the film truly sucks the viewer in even further. It captures the essence of the dialogue and shows how strong it is. Naomie Harris is another one of the main survivors and plays Selena. Her interactions with Jim feel very real.

28 Days Later wasn't filmed on high definition cameras, but on a very low-budget camera. This sets the mood, as it gets the film an out of focus and dark feel to it. The zombies look fantastic and aren't just any other zombie. These run like hell and are basically zombies on speed. The camera angles are great and the viewer gets to see a lot of London as Jim wanders the empty streets with nothing but newspapers flying in the wind. The look of the film is extremely unsettling and sets up for the film well.

It's difficult for most filmmakers to make an original and a genuinely good zombie movie. 28 Days Later definitely pulled it off. It's a fantastic film with a phenomenal ending. It'd be great to see some more films that is able to handle a story, characters, and gore all at once with a perfect balance of them all. 28 Days Later will go down in history for changing zombie movies forever and is a refreshing breath of air for the sub-genre.

My Rating = Four and One Half Stars

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