28 Days Later seems to be the movie that changes the direction of the Zombie Horror genre from fantastical to the realistic. Classics such as the Night of the Living Dead always portrait our antagonistic Zombies as a manifestation of seemingly sourceless necromancy, soulless bodies arisen from their graves. In 28 Days later, the “zombies” are living humans, infected with a highyl contageous virus that enrages its host.
However, while these twisted husks are portrayed as a threat to humanity, they’ve never really been officially associated any source of evil, except by more fringe, lesser-known films. Most of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and their origin is shrouded in mystery. And in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, they are either a source of science-mettling, or evolution of nature.
Zombies rarely have personality and usually had simple goals, much like nature’s animals. We can safely assume animals are not evil, maybe because we see evil associated with malice of a cognitive level exclusive to humans. However, in 28 Days Later, Zombies aren’t our only antagonists. Near the end our main characters had the fortunate run-in to a militia, bent on becoming dictators in their own commune, using women for “what is necessary” and to “make the men happy.” This sort of objectification puts women to a station almost less than human, a toy or tool.
What, or who, would you consider to be the real villain of this film? Training Day,