It’s Movie Time: 28 Days Later

Newest in my venture to watch my movie collection in alphabetical(ish) order. To see other posts in the series, click here. As always, potential Spoiler Alert.

I don’t really like zombie movies. I want to. I try to. I keep watching them hoping I will.

But I don’t.

It’s primarily because of the inconsistencies pulling me out of the film. I tend to end up shouting “Why?” at the screen an awful lot.

Like in 28 Days Later. I want to know why there are no cars.

I mean, yeah, it’s eerie and all, but …

London’s one of the world’s most congested cities, yet there’s not a single abandoned car on the streets. We’re told the zombie apocalypse happened fast, but we see a newspaper with a headline about it, so it wasn’t instantaneous. There was clearly enough time for people to attempt a vehicle-based getaway.

Even if you explain away the lack of cars – say martial law forcing everybody to stay home, or some other hand wave – then why is there a traffic jam of abandoned cars in the tunnel our heroes take to escape from the city?

And why isn’t there any blood? One thing about these zombies is they’re fucking gory. Vomiting blood seems to be the first symptom of the Rage virus. As Jim walks through the abandoned city, there should be blood everywhere. But there’s not.

Also, why is there power in the grocery store? It’s been made pretty clear London is without power, and no backup generator is still going to be running after a month.

Which leads to why are the lawns mowed?

But my personal favourite has got to be, why the fuck is there so much Pepsi everywhere? Did they own stock in the Rage virus, or something?

I will, however, give 28 Days Later this much. It avoids the worst Zombie Movie Why of all time.

That would be, “Why why why, when somebody gets infected, does nobody just off them before they turn?” There is, of course, the lead up question to that of, “Why, when there’s been a run-in with the zombies, does nobody check anybody over for bites?” and the corollary question of, “Why, when someone who’s bitten says their fine, does everyone else believe them and carry on like nothing’s happened?”

Selena doesn’t buy into any of that shit. If there’s the slightest question in her mind that you’re infected, she takes you out.

And of all the characters in all the zombie flicks I’ve watched, she’s the only one I’d want on my team when the apocalypse happens.

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