After a rogue group of animal rights activists free an infected primate from captivity, society collapses. The world has fallen apart after the fast acting disease annihilates most of the population. Those that survived the initial wave have turned on each other while the dead roam the streets. 28 days later, after the world has been changed forever, a man named Jim wakes from his coma in a hospital. Completely unaware of what has transpired, Jim begins the fight to survive in this strange new world.
Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland who are both extremely accomplished filmmakers in their own right, 28 Days Later is one of the best zombie movies ever made. It’s rough, gritty, and breaks conventions set forth by decades of zombie flicks inspired by George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Where classic zombies are slow and stupid, the rage infected humans are very much the opposite. They are fast and ruthless and it creates an interesting world for the main characters. Starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, and Brendan Gleeson, this is a veritable oasis of talent in this quick and dirty, low budget zombie flick.
28 Days Later is available to stream on HBO Max. By the way, it was shot on a 480p camera, so it’s going to look bad on modern 4K TVs. It’s not your internet.