***1/2 (of *****) Following Cabin Fever, I watched another virus movie last night for the first time. Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, and I have mixed feelings on the film. If I were to describe 28 Days Later, I would say that it is a mix between The Omega Man (or Last Man on Earth for that matter, take your pick) and Day of the Dead. However, unlike many newer horror films which are influenced by films of the past, 28 Days Later is not a rip-off. Without giving too much away, doctors are experimenting with apes using a "rage" serum. The experiment goes "terribly wrong" and the rage virus is unleashed on Britain. 28 DAYS LATER. The film switches to the protagonist, Jim (played by Cillian Murphy) in a hospital bed. Jim leaves his hospital bed to find the hospital empty. He leaves the hospital and realizes everyone in London is gone. He reads a newspaper headline saying that all of England was evacuated due to the virus. He discovers what is left of the people in London, they have become zombie-like creatures. I say "zombie-like" because they are not zombies. They are infected with the rage virus, and apparently can walk faster and are stronger. Jim meets up with Selena and Mark, as they try to survive against these creatures. Lots more unfolds between that point and the end of the film, but I wouldn't want to ruin it for you. 28 Days Later is an interesting, if not uneven film. When the film first started off, I was bored to tears for the first half hour. It was not until Jim and Selena meet Frank and Hannah that the film picked up. The film is very grey, which adds to the empty and desolate feeling of the film. I also liked the way it was shot, even though it seriously took some getting used to. I think this was actually shot on DV, if I am not mistaken. I enjoyed the preformances, especially from Cillian Murphy as Jim and Naomie Harris as Selena. I felt that the film got dull again once Jim, Selena, and Hannah arrived at the military base. I saw the ending coming from a mile away, and I hated it. I felt that it needed a more downbeat ending. The score was excellent, and I thought it went with the film perfectly. Despite it's shortcomings, I thought 28 Days Later was top-notch, and the best zombie film since Re-Animator in 1985. I hope Danny Boyle continues to make interesting genre pictures, because 28 Days Later is a very good horror film with excellent character development. I hope more filmmakers learn that "less is more" in terms of gore. It seems that lately, filmmakers are sacrificing good characters and a good story for gore and sex.