Wednesday, 19 January 2011

SB - 28 days later analysis

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $45,063,889 (USA)
Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind's savage nature. (from IMDb)

Some reasons why i watched this piece, and points which i can use in my 2 minute opening.

- terrifying and realistic
- impressive cinematography
- brings some freshness into the zombie genre
- quite disturbing at times
- well paced and keeps you on the edge

This is a shot i may be using in our piece. The reason why is its a fast take shows speed and pace and fast takes are used to show action.

This shot is a dutch angle, and shows there is something wrong with the characters in the frame (that being one of thems a mindless member of the undead). This shot also has a blue tint, which gives a sense of the supernatural and that the atmosphere in the shot is quite cold.

The music used is very bleak and reminds us that Jim the protagonist is isolated and alone. The guitar gradually gets heavier mid way through the song this helps support the idea that Jim has finally realised he is alone and something has happened while he was in a coma. We also plan to use music simmialr to this to represent isolation and a bleak world.


  1. think about post titles: you want blog users to be able to see full title in your archive, so brevity is a must
    all you need is 'Analysis of 28 Days Later opening' - anything else can go in the post itself, not the title

  2. either here or above you - and thr group - need to be discussing the issue of zombies' speed; what major change to the Romero template did Boyle bring in with this? what else does this have in common with Romero's orig zombie flick - think about (I'll assume you've read this) the v low budget for that, and how Boyle here worked with digital equip, which slashes production costs

  3. this a typical film for boyle? is he a horror/zombie 'auteur' like romero?


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