Saturday, July 25, 2009

28 Days Later

Beware: Spoilers

This is one of my favourite zombie movies ever, and has only two flaws in it, but I will point out the two that it has.

1. The story failed to explain how the Rage Virus happened to actually manifest itself as a virus. For those of you who don't know, the opening scenes of the movie depict an animal rights activist group setting some chimps free after they have been subject to endless video streams of violence. Obviously this kind of experiment would have an effect on anyone's mental health, and presumably the story is hoping it's audience will just follow along and presume it's a virus without question. I don't know about you, but even in the realm of science fiction I like everything to make sense or at least have an explanation.

2. The zombies' behaviour is not consistent throughout the film. During the scene where the main characters rush to change the car's tire while the zombies race towards them, when the car drives away the zombies feebly attempt to follow it, and give up after a few steps. Yes, the car was faster than them, but these are creatures with barely animalistic minds; they would not stop the chase until an easier target could be obtained.
Also when the Commandant brings Jim into the yard to introduce him to the infected soldier chained to the wall, the zombie spends most of their conversation trying to grab at them, then eventually gives up and almost lays down. Again, a zombie wouldn't just stop like this.
Towards the end of the movie, Jim decides to go on a killing spree, and let's the chained zombie free to aid him. Jim stands on a wall and shoots down at the zombie's chains directly below him, breaking the chains. The most natural thing to happen at that moment would be for the zombie to attempt to grab Jim, but instead it stays still while its chains are broken and then gives Jim one last glace before heading into the house to spread the infection.
The only reason these scenes really stuck out to me is because, during the rest of the movie, the zombies are portrayed as mindless animals, but during these scenes they seems to almost have a awareness of their physical limitations, which basically defeats the purpose of a zombie.

It's still an amazing movie though, I give it 8/10.

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