Don't be fooled. 28 Days Later is much, much more than just a mere zombie movie. It is a great piece of post-apocalyptic drama that is reminescent of some of the best end-of-the-world stories every published.
Alex Garland (author of the amazing novel The Beach) and director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) have teamed up to offer us a one of a kind experience in fear and terror. Here, a man wakes up in a deserted hospital in the middle of an empty London. Everyone has vanished. Everyone, that is, save for a group of people who look like monsters that feed on human flesh. These are the infected, the last survivors of a plague that has wipe off most of England's population. Coming in contact with a single drop of infected blood can be enough to turn you into a monster, which only takes 10 to 20 seconds to happen. The threat is there and very real.
The few unlucky souls that managed to survive have now become the prey, the hunted. Jim teams up with a young woman and a father/daughter duo as they try to figure a way out of this whole mess.
Garland is a born storyteller. Here, he uses the zombie narratives to address more pressing issues. Often, it is not the zombies that are the biggest threat to our few survivors, but other normal humans. This is one horror story that is all about human nature, a story that places characters before plot.
In the end, this story will affect you in amazing ways. This is not a story to take lightly. Nor is it a story that you will soon forget. 28 Days Later is a rare masterpiece in terror.