TEotWaWKI Movies Review: 28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later

28 Days Later

28 Days Later

28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later

Days directed by Danny Boyle, Weeks directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

A very important lesson was learned during these movies, but not by someone who was watching them nor for anything specific about the content. I beat the living crap out of the Anderson’s boy. We had to take him to the hospital. His father came after me with a gun to even the score, but once he learned what happened, believed the boy got off light. Let me explain.

I’m watching the opening scene of the second movie (28 Weeks Later), utterly filled with terror. The movie making is so good, I feel like I’m there. I’ve had more than my fair share of encounters with the undead, but the thought that they could run so fast caused me to panic. I wasn’t in that room, watching that movie. I couldn’t suck in enough air, I got a stitch in my side as if I, too, were running from the infected.

It was at that point that Jacky decided to jump out and scare me. Next thing I know, Javi is pulling me off him. I had grabbed a lamp and was pummeling the boy with it. I feel terrible for what I did, but, dude, that was wrong. He’s lucky I didn’t have a gun at hand.

That’s how good these movies are. You should watch them.

The premise of this story line is that a virus causes the infected to become consumed with a mindless rage, a desire to destroy the uninfected. The initial outbreak seems to occur in London and spreads from there. The first movie, Days, follows a bicycle messenger who wakes up from a coma weeks after the outbreak. He has no idea what happened. The second movie, Weeks, covers the period just before containment of the initial outbreak to its re-emergence. I like the fact that the two movies do not share any characters and that there is a slight overlap in the time period they cover. They come across as independent efforts.

Again, these are a must see. Just be mindful of the lessons you absorb.

First of all, this is not just a fictional story, but that world compares to ours as apples to oranges. I mentioned the sprinting zombies (OK, I realize they are not undead, but, effectively, they are the same), but the rate of infection is just as speedy: within seconds, a healthy human becomes a raging maniac. This requires a completely different mind set. In that world, there can be no room for doubt. True, outbreaks did and still do occur in our world. However, now that we’re aware of how to deal with them and have procedures in place to do so, we are extremely unlikely to have another one as serious as the first. Besides, we don’t have the resources to deal with the level of effort required to ensure that every single human is free of infection at all times. That would have a seriously negative impact on our quality of life.

Secondly, many characters had a rather blasé attitude towards security, even for our standards. In Days, they camp in the outdoors, with no protection from marauding infected. Sure, they set up watches, but still, you need four walls to be sure of a good night’s sleep. And in the final scenes of that movie, at the fortified estate, the military unit certainly didn’t practice light and noise discipline. I hardly think the undead would attack piece meal over the course of weeks. Everyone of them within sight and sound range would have made a bee line to the place. And don’t get me going on the medical containment security in Weeks.

Selena in 28 Days Later

Selena in 28 Days Later

Sergeant Doyle in 28 Weeks Later

Sergeant Doyle in 28 Weeks Later

These idiosyncrasies did not ruin the movie for me because the characters more than made for them. Each movie had someone I’d want on my team during a crisis. Selena from Days is a woman who knows how to survive and doesn’t hesitate to do what’s necessary. She may be so tightly wound up that she couldn’t re-adjust to a new normality, but during SHTF, she’ll have your back. Sergeant Doyle from Weeks is a well trained US Army sniper. Not only can he effectively deal with Zed, he can be just as ruthless with “normals” of ill intent. And, yet, he comes across as a nice guy when not in crisis mode. This is a rarity since someone who works well during SHTF tends not to be a well adjusted person when things return to normality (myself, for example).

Anyways, see this movie, but with a grain of salt. Oh, and make sure the house is empty of pain in the ass neighbor kids, just in case.

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~ by Bill Drinkmore on October 27, 2009.

3 Responses to “TEotWaWKI Movies Review: 28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later”

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  3. […] empty hospital, scattered with corpses. This is reminiscent of Stephen King’s The Stand and 28 Days Later. He’s trying to figure out what the hell happened while still staying alive. I’m […]

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