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Review of ’28 days later’

The director of ‘Trainspotting’ (Danny Boyle) and screenwriter Alex Garland return zombies to the seventh art with the complicity of Cillian Murphy as the protagonist.

    Digital cinema is reinventing cinema. From blockbusters like those of George Lucas to independent cinema, passing through the controversial Dogma or the caustic Peter Greenaway, something smells, finally, of new in the cinematographic universe. Which, said in the case of ’28 days later’, is still paradoxical. Because the new film from the director of ‘Trainspotting’ in collaboration with novelist Alex Garland is anything but new. At least, in a way. ’28 days later’ is a sentimental exercise in pure cinephagy. As its own creators acknowledge, its equation could be reduced to a third of ‘The Day of the Triffids’, John Wyndham’s classic novel, a third of George A. Romero’s zombie films and a third of ‘Apocalypse Now’. Without forgetting the Italian influence of Argento and Fulci. What remains is Boyle and Garland.

    Formally speaking, the film is visually overwhelming, full of inventiveness, and with that television and semi-documentary aesthetic, which gives credibility and emotional tension to the story, in a very similar way to how the bloated and grainy format of the old gore films did. of the 70s and 80s. And it is that Boyle and Garland are bastard children of splatterpunk, voluntary heirs of Romero, Craven, Carpenter or Raimi… But clearly English. That is to say, and here is what is really interesting, that ’28 days later’, to its roots of pure genre, also unites the Conradian spirit, the typically British allegory, a la Robinson Crusoe, the apocalyptic moralism typical of English science fiction and his touch of London poetry, which refers both to the filmmakers of the 60s and 70s, such as Lindsay Anderson, Lester, Cammell or Roeg, as well as to the old angry young men.

    In short, it’s as if “Resident Evil” was directed by Danny Boyle. Which, although it may not seem like it, makes the difference: it is pretty, it has young and handsome actors, like Cillian Murphy, but they are not stars, and, in addition, it is optimistic. Violent, yes, bloody, too… but, deep down, as pretty as an English rosebush.

    For lovers of genre films with an arty touch.

    The best: its overwhelming visual style.

    The worst: the topics.

    Address: Danny Boyle Distribution: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, Noah Huntley Original title: 28 Days Later Country: United States, Great Britain Year: 2002 Release date: 07-18-2003 Gender: Terror Screenplay: alex garland Duration: 113min

    Synopsis: A group of animal rights activists break into a laboratory and unknowingly release a deadly virus that affects human behavior and turns those infected into killing machines. Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakens from a coma to find London empty. Along with other survivors, he will try to save humanity.

    Source: Fotogramas

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