28 Days Later

Just watched the film '28 Days Later' - not a bad film on the whole and a couple of gory scenes which always seems to please me in a film these days. What did piss me off though was the absolutely toss way in which the British soldiers were portrayed. OK they were the bad guys (sort of), but they were the most unconvincing soldiers I have ever seen on screen (and I include all those crap SSVC shorts in that statement).

The only moment that made me smile was, in the middle of all the destruction and the end of civilisation as we know it, the mad Major comes down for dinner in his Service Dress! I couldn't help but compare it to that British classic 'Carry on Up the Khyber' where they all insist on carrying on with the Officer's dinner party whilst the whole building is being blown to bits.

6 out of 10 for 28 Days Later I think.

Mr Happy

Yeah, good film. Mrs H didn't like it so thumbs up on the violence scale, kinda a pity that soldiers had opted to murder blokes so they can shag birds only 30 odd days into the 'terror' - I'm sure that it would have taken a bit longer on the eastern front... still, plot aside twas a reasonable movie.

Do dislike the 'soldiers all look the same therefore act the same' crap that we get tarnished with. Mind you, all sailors are a bit gay don't you think?
QMan9193 said:
Best part was the actual burning of Manchester, apparantly did £12 worth of damage!
There isn't 12 quids worth of property in Scumchester. Unless you're talking about the Coronation Street sets.


War Hero
They had to re-film a lot of the deserted London sequences, because at some point, a bunch of drunk clubbers decided to start shouting and jumping around while they were filming! :lol:
Obviously not that deserted then!

Mr Happy

Its one of the best British films i've seen in ages.
in that case, go see Love Actually, surprisingly little of hugh Grant (though actually I quite like him) and lots of Brit actors and stuff, written by the same chap that did 4 Weddings (is it Tony Curtis?). Its an excellent British movie.
The Yanks like it because they think that Hugh Grant is the definition of English! They like the floppy-haired, nervous looking, "Oh... I...err...didn't realise there was anyone in here."
Plus, they think that by watching Brit comedy, they're more intelligent, because we don't rely on slap-stick for humour. Whether they actually get the joke or not is a completely different story!
Did someone say Hugh Grant!!!!
Yeah, Mr. Happy and I mentioned Hugh Grant? Why? Does he make you go weak at the knees? :)
Not MRS Happy tonight and yes - as I am getting older - Hugh grant actually does do it for me!!!
Totally agree about 28 days later - they tried too hard to force the 'Lord of the Flies' thing on the soldiers and it was unbelievable.

Dog soliders is a brilliant comedy - the end credits with stills of the monsters are classic.


Book Reviewer
Anyone heard about the suggested sequel to this? Americans arrive to re populate the UK....cant remember the source, might have been in an imdb thread...
I love 28 Days Later- good movie and holds a well deserved place in my DVD collection. It's a prime example of what the British film industry can produce when left alone by Hollywood. Plot lines aside, the only issue I have with it is the perennial issue of the way actors wear the uniform (and kit). It happens in so many films and tv productions. Why don't the production companies just get the costume designer in from Dog Soldiers each time they want their soldiers to appear more credible? Makers of Ultimate Farce...I mean you especially! How many times have you seen poorly shaped berets, long hair, cs95 straight out of the packaging (like a bunch of walts or nigs), ill fitting webbing, weapon slung (or handled) incorrectly, and my personal bug-bear...a thin srim net scarf on a a scrawny pale neck a la Lionheart 84? Arrrrrrgghh!

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