Now Playing by Josh Gates This past weekend I went to the video store to rent a movie but, because of the weather, there wasn't much of a selection. As I perused the shelves I noticed that the truly original and creative movies were the only ones left over. It's frustrated me to see that no one had rented the documentary, Stevie or Spike Lee's newest film, The 25th Hour.
There were a few copies of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Bowling for Columbine left over, but if I wanted to rent a "recycled" piece of crap like Charlie's Angels II or Legally Blonde II, I would have to get on a waiting list. I almost snapped after seeing that all of the Charlie's Angels II DVD's had been rented out while there were plenty of copies of 28 Days Later sitting on the shelf, wasting away. 28 Days Later is a new take on the zombie-horror film and it's the most exciting and original movie that came out all year.
Of course, Charlie's Angels II does have "a lot of really cool, flashy scenes of sex and violence and explosions and stuff." which gives it an advantage. Also, they were released into theaters on the same day and 28 Days Later couldn't compete with the millions of dollars that CA II put into their marketing, not to mention their sex appeal.
But for a movie geek like me, who cares about the movies they watch and the time spent watching them, 28 Days Later really hit the spot. It deals with the modern fears and paranoia's that seem to plague our society.
This movie is hard to define. It could be considered a horror movie or a drama or even an action movie, but it doesn't really fit into any of those definitions. The story revolves around Jim, a London bike messenger who wakes from a coma to discover that a virus has infected almost the entire city and possibly the world. The virus affects the part of the brain that is associated with rage, which basically turns the infected into freaky, mindless killers.
When Jim and a few other survivors think that they have found salvation, the story takes a lot of unpredictable twists and turns. I don't want to ruin the movie for you so I'll stop right here, but you'll never be able to predict what will happen next. It's a unique and interesting take on the zombie-
horror-film genre from Danny Boyle, the gifted director of Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and The Beach.
To give the movie a more realistic feel, all of the actors are unfamiliar, which also adds to its realism. The cinematography was done beautifully, with a digital camera, which also adds to its realism. Ultimately, the reality that something like this could happen is what makes this movie so scary. It's completely different from most of today's popular horror films which I refer to as "BOO" movies because all they do is throw sudden, flashy, images in your face to shock you.
28 Days Later left me with a feeling of unease, unlike any other movie I've ever seen. This movie deserves to be seen and I would be doing a great injustice if I didn't let you know that. So, next time you go to the
video store to rent some "recycled" piece of crap, keep this review in mind and rent 28 Days Later.
You'll find it sitting on the shelf, right next to the empty spot where the Charlie's Angels II DVD's should be.