The Running and the Walking Dead . . .
The zombies of "28 Weeks Later" aren't exactly dead but they behave like a classic movie zombie who's drank about 20 cans of Red Bull. "28 Weeks later," which opens today is the follow up to Danny Boyle's film "28 Days Later," which explored how an outbreak of a virus called the Rage turned much of England's populace into violent, hyperfast,cannibals and the country into a post apocalyptic wasteland. In "28 Weeks" the U.S. army has moved in and helped clear things out. Things are going so well that the people who originally fled London are returning home. But then the worst possible thing that could happen, happens. The Rage virus resurfaces. "28 Weeks Later" looks so interesting because like the original film, it understands what makes good zombie stories so interesting, the fact that the zombies aren't the real monsters; the real monsters are us. Most great zombie stories are about the break down of society or how mankind struggles to hold on after society has collapsed. Zombie fiction shows mankind at it's worst; running rampant with no laws and it's best; making the ultimate sacrifice so some one else has a chance. If you're looking to see a great example of zombie storytelling at it's best, I highly recommend Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's black and white graphic novel series "The Walking Dead." It's the story of a group of survivors battling hungry zombies, opportunistic and violent people, and their own personal demons. Most zombie films end after an hour and a half or two hours but what makes "The Walking Dead" so interesting is that it keeps going. The tension is always there. There's no happy ending or magical cure in sight for the survivors. The best hope they have is to keep on living and it makes for some compelling reading.