I got up to watch '28 Days Later.' Creepy, horrible film. But then, I'm not good with horror films at all and this was just...it gave me the fucking wig. I'm not really a fan of Cillian Murphy anyway. I digress. The first ten minutes with the monkeys in the research facility were enough to make me go "Okay, this is going to be a Very Depressing Film," although I couldn't help but laugh at Panicked Lab Man telling the animal rights activists that the Virus Of Doom they were researching was....rage. Rage, thought I, how naff.
And then it stopped being naff and became like 'The Omega Man,' which, for its time was also very fucking creepy. Cillian Murphy wakes up to an empty and deserted hospital in London. He goes wandering, meets some people who are also okay after being chased by hungry zombie like humans who are refered to as The Infected. This leads to various scenes with exposition to explain to viewer and Cillian what had happened - the UK had been quarantined after the rapid spread of the Rage Virus and people were either dead or The Infected. So after discovering his fam are all in the dead column, and having one of his new friends get bit by The Infected, there's running about deserted London until Cillian and girl character end up in an appartment block where Mad Eye Moody sans eye is holding down the fort of his appartment with his daughter. His was a very cool character. I liked him and his daughter a lot.
He's picked up some transmission from Manchester from the military so they all pile into Mad Eye's cab and drive there after taking a tunnel, getting a flatty, changing the tyre and being chased by The Infected. This was one of the few points that my 'OMG EW EEK' was shoved aside in favour of 'Now, if you know that these HORRIBLE ZOMBIE INFECTED THINGS live in the dark, WHY do you choose to take the fucking SHORTCUT THROUGH THE DARK TUNNEL when, yanno, that just screams ZOMBIE INFECTED HANG OUT OF DOOM?' Which, yanno, Cillian's character is saying to Mad Eye quite a few times, only to be answered with gleeful laughter and the like. Brian Gleeson, you were well fucking cast as crazy people.
On the way to Manchester, they stop at a supermarket and pillage it, which yeah, I totally would do the same. They stop at a gorgeous ruin in the country and have a picnic, watch some wild horses, stop at a petrol station and Mad Eye shows the world how to syphon petrol from a petrol tanker. Don't try this at home kids, petrol tastes foul. They get to Manchester, and there's fires everywhere. And I'm like, 'THIS IS GOING TO END HORRIBLY OMFG.' The military blockade is there all right, but empty. So they're poking around and Mad Eye is all 'argh, not fair, woe,' when he sees a crow and is swearing at it to sod off, only said crow is eating dead person (EW, BTW, for the graphicness,) and a drop of INFECTED blood splashes into Mad Eye's eye. Which leads to what you can imagine.
Military dudes pop up to save the day, hurrah, and take the three of Cillian, the daughter and the girl character to their spiffy compound of power which is commanded by none other than Doctor Who. Sorry, Christopher Eccleston. Who, it turns out, despite being a military genius, is COMPLETELY FUCKING INSANE. I honestly don't know what wigged me out more, The Infected or Insane Eccleston. It's an even tie. So there are wacky goings on of complete insanity and people die in the bloodiest of ways and Cillian goes a bits nuts for a while too, because the eye gouging scene is not something I need to ever see again, or, in fact, EVER. They go to escape the crazy military compound of insane rapists-murderers who are now Infected and Insane Eccleston is in the taxi. The daughter saves the day by driving the taxi backwards into the doorway and one of The Infected lunges through the back window and pulls him out of the taxi. And eats him.
Then Cillian and the girls escape to a nice rural farmhouse, he is healed after a bullet wound, they make a big sign of the word HELLO out of sheets and curtains, are spotted by an overflying airforce plane (after the previous military experience, wouldn't you be a bit, oh, I don't know, LEERY OF MILITARY PEOPLE???) and are waving and going YAY. And then it ends.
And I had nightmares about The Infected zombie people and Insane Eccleston and his band of crazy soldiers and Cillian gouging eyes out and OMFG I AM NEVER WATCHING THIS FILM AGAIN!