- 28 Days Later:
This is one of my favorite horror films of all time, and is, without a doubt, a classic in my eyes.
It contains genuine scares, not jumps (unlike the majority of new-wave horror that relies on having something jump at the screen to scare the audience) and at times the tension is raised to almost unbareable levels that leaves the veiwer terrified.
It also contains some of the most relate-able characters i have ever seen in a horror picture. They are not a rag-tag group of stereotypes...they are a rag-tag group of real people, the kind of people who could be your next door neighbour or work colleagues.
The realism of this film is sometimes shocking, as at times it feels like these are real people who's journey is simply being documented.
The story completely immerses you and leaves you wondering "What if this was happening for real? Happening to me?"
The direction from Danny Boyle is, as always, phenomenal and the decision to shoot the film almost entirely on handheld digital cameras really adds to the gritty, uncomfortabley realistic tone of the film.
Brilliant performances from all of the cast and everything down to the soundtrack is perfect
i have watched this film countless times, yet it still encapsulates and scares me
You will NOT be dissapointed
- 28 Weeks Later:
i don't have quite as much to say about this film.
Unlike the first, the characters are mostly stereotypes that we are used to seeing in movies of this genre - The Hero, The Side-Kick, The Scared Guy, The One's Who Make Ridiculously Stupid Decisions...they are all there.
The storyline is decent, but completely lacks the believability factor displayed by the first.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo tries to emulate Danny Boyle's direction and attempts to keep the feel of the first film, with some shaky hand-held work and effective use of lighting so i must show some respect for his attempts to make the best film he can with the material
The most noteable difference is, you can tell this is a basic hollywood production to cash in on a successful predecessor which is possibly this films biggest problem
With a promising opening sequence the film ultimately fails to deliver on the same level as the first...but in all fairness, that is a very hard thing to do
However, all that being said this film is still an enjoyable watch
For the low price this is great value horror and definately worth it for the 2 films!
(i apologise for the long review)