It’s no secret that nearly all vaccinations and immunizations were tested on nonhuman animals prior to being approved for use on us. Putting an end to animal testing is one of the primary objectives of virtually all animal rights and environmental groups, and when a group of of overzealous animal liberators walk into the wrong laboratory and liberate the wrong horribly infected chimpanzee, shit gets real in the form of a hyper-aggressive virus which turns people into angry zombies (think ‘roid rage meets Shaun of the Dead).
28 days later, Jim (Cillian Murphy), a London bike courier who’s been comatose following an accident, wakes up to a whole new world: The hospital is deserted and the streets of London look like they’re recovering from World War III. Jim knows something horrible has happened but can’t exactly figure out what… until he inadvertently attracts the attention of a horde of zombie in a church, and fellow uninfected humans, Selena and Mark (Naomie Harris and Noah Huntley), save his life. After filling him in on this bleak new life, the two take Jim under their wing, teaching him how they’ve survived thus far.
When Mark falls victim to the zombie virus, Selena and Jim are on their own, until they meet Frank (Brendan Gleeson) and his daughter, Hannah (Megan Burns). Their methods of survival are even more streamlined than Selena and Jim’s, and for the first time since the outbreak, everyone feels like they have a family again. With imminent death around each and every corner, these survivors must learn how to love without attachment becoming a handicap, and figure out how to live moment to moment, instead of planning a deeply uncertain future.
Black women are global heroes, and rarely do we see that depicted onscreen the way we do in 28 Days Later, a film featuring some everyday #BlackGirlMagic in an extraordinary situation situation. Selena is tough, strong, smart, and sexy. In each group dynamic, she holds things together and does her best to keep everyone alive. While she is willing and able to work with the group, she never places anyone’s welfare over her own, either. Selena is no one’s mammy, and her primary objective is to keep herself alive. In the theatrical release of 28 Days Later, as well as all of the alternate endings, it is so very refreshing to see Selena not only survive, but thrive. Finally, we have a realistic zombie flick, where the Black woman, who has to shoulder everyone’s burdens in the real world, is the most likely to succeed in a post-apocalyptic situation.
I give this one 4.5 stars.