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movie review - 28 Days Later...

the journal of Michael Werneburg

twenty-seven years and one million words

Toronto, 2003.11.06

There aren't too many movies circulating with two endings on one rental VHS tape. This is one of them, and I think that the inclusion of a less-bullshitty second ending on this one speaks to the lack of direction that pervades the entire film.

It's about a plague that erupts in the UK. A plague wherein the infected are reduced to insatiably hungry, demented zombies. The story follows a young bicycle courier who wakes up in a hospital to find that not only the hospital but the entire city of London seems to have been abandoned. Soon, he encounters his first zombies, and then spends the rest of the movie running and fighting. Unfortunately, it's when he encounters an armed group of uninfected people holding out against the infected that things go from bad to worse. I don't doubt the kind of environment that these survivors have created would be all that realistic, but it seemed more than a bit disjointed with the first 75 minutes of the film.

Not recommended.

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