All About Steve So while its

All About Steve

So while its true that I expected more zombies, Im entirely satisfied with what I got instead. 2003 Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris R If youve come from our parental review of this film and wish to return to it, simply click on your browsers BACK button. Otherwise, use the following link to read our complete Parental Review of this film. Horror: A handful of survivors of an infectious calamity try to avoid the rabid and infected zombies who are after them. Twenty-eight days after a research chimp in a lab attacks several people, bicycle courier Jim CILLIAN MURPHY wakes up in a deserted hospital in a seemingly deserted London. Unaware of whats occurred, he wanders through the streets hoping to find food and an explanation for what has happened. To his horror, he discovers a church full of zombie-like creatures, including a rabid priest who tries to attack him. Fleeing into the night, hes saved by Selena NAOMIE HARRIS and Mark NOAH HUNTLEY, two non-infected survivors who tell him never to travel alone, especially at night All About Steve the monsters come out. After discovering that his parents are dead, Jim joins the duo and they eventually run into fellow survivor Frank BRENDAN GLEESON and his daughter Hannah MEGAN BURNS whove barricaded themselves in their high-rise. Upon hearing a random radio broadcast from Major Henry West CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON promising a sanctuary of sorts, the various survivors then set out across the countryside hoping to find it, all while having to contend with the rabid zombies and their post-apocalyptic world. Due to having often been on the wrong end of the food chain back in prehistoric days, humans have an instinctual reflex to avoid being eaten. That hasnt escaped the notice of novelists and filmmakers whove scared the pants off readers and viewers by having all sorts of animals think Jaws or monsters such as in Alien hunting down their human prey. Most violent deaths in more civilized times were and continue to be more along the lines of human on human attacks. Thus, those employed in the business of scaring customers turned to vampires, boogeymen including masked serial killers and the old standby, zombies, to evoke the same reaction. Director Danny Boyle The Beach, Trainspotting uses a variation of the latter in 28 Days Later, a stylish but decidedly low-budget and ultimately disappointing effort. To begin with, I should point out that this isnt a sequel to the 2000 Sandra Bullock film, 28 Days. Although it may have been fun to see Miss Congeniality as a zombie or being chased by them, the film has nothing to do with her or the potent cocktail of the same name. As written by Alex Garland novelist of The Beach, the effort starts off promisingly enough as a research chimp force-fed images of violence like Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange goes berserk and attacks some people. 28 days later, our protagonist Cillian Murphy On the Edge, Disco Pigs wakes up in a deserted hospital in an apparently deserted or decimated London and Great Britain. Its akin to Eduardo Noriega and Tom Cruise doing something similar in Open Your Eyes and Vanilla Sky respectively, but this dream turns out to be a true nightmare. After discovering that the majority of the leftover humans are infected with some sort of virus thats driving them mad and has them in permanent attack mode, our dazed hero and a few other survivors try to avoid the rabid, zombie-like creatures and make their way to a sanctuary of sorts that may or may not exist. Notwithstanding the introductory chimp angle, this would seem to be a standard, run and hide zombie flick although the walking dead are really just the walking infected. There are various problems, though, that prevent the effort from being as good as a zombie film can be as it might have been. Lets start with the lack of details and explanations. Being left in the dark is a good introductory gambit, at least for a while, in getting the viewer into the proper All About Steve of mind. Even so, things should eventually be explained to some degree to introduce credibility and avoid repetition-based staleness from setting in. Beyond that introductory scene and a comment about the chimp being infected with rage, we know next to nothing about the presumed virus or what has happened to most everyone in Great Britain. Did most of them flee or is there some sort of zombie convention in another city that everyones attending? And why do the infected like all zombies seem to have it out for those unlike them? Are they jealous or are the zombie union recruitment rules that stringent? Then theres the question of how this virus works and why it can infect someone in a mere twenty seconds. By introducing that short infection range, Boyle and company pretty much throw out a major suspense element that they had in hand. While the sudden transformation adds another sense of urgency to the proceedings, it eliminates the suspenseful question of who might become the next zombie as well as when that will occur. Without having the survivors going into proactive mode of trying to figure out their attackers modus operandi and/or a way to defeat them, the filmmakers also reduce their ability to get the viewer engaged as fully as possible in the characters quest for survival. What were left with is a run of the mill, run from the zombie flick that weve seen countless times before from the likes of Night of the Living Dead up through Resident Evil. It doesnt help matters that Boyle and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle Julien Donkey-Boy, Its All About Love have shot the film on an apparently low-end digital camera or messed around with a good one to make the results look bad. I suppose that was to give the effort an additional raw feel, but it only ends up making the picture look cheap. To make matters worse, their method of inducing thrills and chills when the zombies attack is by apparently increasing the shutter speed, zipping the camera to and fro and using lots of quick edits. While that does keep the viewer from seeing whats occurring in full, I found very little of it to be spooky, let alone outright scary those with low tolerance levels for such zombie material may react otherwise. The final and perhaps greatest collection of flaws is that we dont care about any of the characters or the order in which theyll presumably be killed and the zombies simply arent that interesting or imaginative of a menacing presence. Murphy, along with the likes of Naomie Harris The Sobering, Living in Hope, Brendan Gleeson Gangs of New York, The General, Megan Burns Liam or Christopher Eccleston The Others, Jude simply dont have enough substantial material with which to work to make us worry about their safety. Although some may read all sorts of sociopolitical context within the main flick particularly when considering the early research scenes, later military ones and the recent outbreak of SARS, I think thats giving the film a bit too much credit.

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