28 Days Later

(2003) Danny Boyle – starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, etc.

Review: After hearing the positive reviews, I was disappointed to see what was passing as “decent.” This? Is it horrible? Well, no. Is it well-conceived? Maybe. But “good”? No, absolutely not. Vaguely enjoyable, but my expectations were dashed to pieces with the endings—all of them. Not the first ending, not the ‘spooky,’ alternate ending, not even the “radical” alternate ending on the DVD came close to meeting my expectations. (Okay, I take that back: the “radical” alternate ending on the DVD, which was just laid out on storyboards, might have saved the movie from being a neutral not-gut-wrenchingly-horrible genre movie. But it wasn’t used, so it doesn’t count.) Passably consistent, but not good.

Rating: [••½ out of •••••]