Resident Evil 2?
|Starring:||Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Gleeson|
Picture Resident Evil meets Twelve Monkeys meets Night of the Living Dead, shot on handheld digital video, and you’ve got Danny Boyle’s (Trainspotting) film in a nutshell. An homage to the classic zombie pics of the 60s and 70s, we learn in the opening scene that a powerful virus has just been unleashed on the British public, following a PETA-style raid on a primate research facility. The virus, which can be transmitted via the blood system within seconds of contact, turns the infected into a state of murderous rage, rapidly turning England into an apocalyptic graveyard. Jim (Cillian Murphy) plays a London cycle courier who’s just awoken from a 28-day coma, only to find his city in destruction and completely abandoned.Shot entirely on handheld digital video and picking up seemingly where Resident Evil left off, this stylish horror/thriller uses an array of Guerilla-style filmmaking tactics to evoke genuine scares from the audience, ranging from out-of-nowhere surprise attacks to disarming camera work. The derivative plot and tiresome dialogue become inconsequential to the overall momentum of the film, with its gory action sequences and campy elements (particularly when the road trip out of town lands them in a military base). It’s digital video on steroids, and pure fun to boot.