Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The History of Movies from A to Z - "28 Days Later"

• Where I bought this movie: I ordered this movie from Amazon.com back in 2003 when I lived in Bayside, Queens and was at the peak of my DVD hoarding.

* Why Own It?: I had heard nothing but great things about this movie when it came out. Directed by “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle (who’d later go onto Oscar glory with “Slumdog Millionnaire”) and starring Cillian Murphy, who has the coolest eyes. Oh, AND IT FEATURES FRIGGIN ZOMBIES THAT BITE PEOPLE AND PUKE BLOOD.

* Had I seen this movie before?: Once…by myself…at night…not a good idea.

* Time collecting dust: 7 years since I’ve last touched it. It shouldn't be another 7 years again.

* What I thought of the movie: An excellent and smart horror film and highly recommended. I’ve seen the “virus gets loose…many people die in an icky way” type movies before but this one is done very well. What’s amazing is the scenery featuring the city of London and the England countryside. They somehow made it possible to film London completely deserted. There’s also some crunching violence too.

* The Cast: Cillian Murphy was the best known actor (he was the Scarecrow in “Batman Begins” and the bad guy in the slightly underrated thriller “Red Eye”). Everyone else is pretty much unknown except for two of those “hey it’s that guy!”…1.) the guy who played Destro in the childhood destroying live action movie “GI Joe” and 2.) The guy who play Jack Nicholson’s right hand man in “The Departed” (he gets shot in the car by the cops at the end).

Favorite Scene: It’s towards the beginning…when Cillian Murphy’s character wakes up from a coma and slowly realizes the entire city of London is completely deserted.

Previous Movie: 25th Hour
Next Movie: 28 Weeks Later

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