28 Days Later is both a zombie flick and the story of a terrible calamity. While this has already been done, this formula has proven its success. For some odd reason, neither cadavers nor zombies flood the town like they could. What is most annoying is that we see allies fighting and killing each other, as if the main enemy wasn’t trouble enough. The story quickly becomes redundant because, for one, we don’t get the answers to our questions and, for two, there is very little development. A good horror film cannot disregard intrigue and this is one of the major flaws in 28 Days Later. It is useless to be pretentious in terms of special effects or camera angles if we fail in catching the public’s interest.
What is most pertinent is the relationship between the four main characters: a confused hospital patient, a heavy rebel, a father and his adolescent daughter. The actors succeed in presenting both solidarity and hypocrisy, throughout the film.
Basically, the film deserves a certain audience for its effort at avoiding clichés. However, its diversion from the guiding lines of classics in the genre is far from flawless.