Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns
Arguing whether or not Danny Boyle's plague drama is really a zombie movie is a waste of time. True, the monsters in 28 Days Later... move faster than the undead in the original Night of the Living Dead, but Boyle's film realizes the lonely grandeur of a post-apocalyptic world in ways Romero couldn't. The film's opening, where bike courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes in a London hospital to find that something rather awful has happened to the citizens of the UK, remains one of the most awesome feats in recent horror cinema.
Accompanied by the creeping crescendo of Canadian post-rock outfit Godspeed You! Black Emperor's "East Hastings," Jim wanders out of the hospital and into the streets, finding signs of the end everywhere. Eventually, he encounters the film's zombies, and then help.
A zombie movie, a road movie, a critique of the military—however you'd like to describe the film, there's no denying its potency. —RS