'It's about real people dying of a real disease'...

Preview by Jack Foley

PICTURE the scene - a deserted London, eerily silent, but for a lone figure walking around, looking visibly confused. No, Tom Cruise isn't filming a London-based sequel to Vanilla Sky, rather it is part of the teaser trailer to the new Danny Boyle movie, 28 Days Later.

But make no mistake, the sequence is every bit as impressive as Cruise's sprint through Times Square in Cameron Crowe's movie, particularly given that it is a foretaster of the horrors to come.

Boyle's movie, which sees him reunite with Alex (The Beach) Garland, is a post-apocalyptic tale which follows a man (Cillian Murphy), newly awakened from a 28-day coma, who discovers the world around him has changed. A disease, spread by blood and which is 'as virulent as Ebola', turns its victims into 'wrathful beings' and threatens the future of the human race.

Hooking up with another survivor (played by Naomie Harris), Murphy sets about searching the capital for other 'uninfected' humans, before teaming up with Brendan Gleeson's taxi driver and his daughter, and heading off to Manchester in search of a troublesome troop of British soldiers (commanded by Christopher Ecclestone) who may hold the cure.

Boyle, whose other films credits have included Trainspotting, Shallow Grave and A Life Less Ordinary, describes 28 Days Later as the type of movie which flirts with the zombie genre, although anyone expecting another Resident Evil nightmare should take heart in the director's next comments...

"It's a psychological thing," he reveals. "It's about real people dying of a real disease, a terrible man-made virus, for which there appears to be no cure."

Once infected, there is no 'fear' in the 'zombies' and they just come after you, regardless of the consequences.

The film was shot entirely digitally and a trailer is now available to download (via the above link), but test screenings have been positive. The movie is scheduled for a release date of November 1 in the UK. Indielondon will keep you posted...

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