« on: July 4, 2003, 12:31 AM »
I just saw the movie tonight. I had been a fan of the director after seeing Trainspotting, and the clips I saw of this movie looked interesting.
It's definitely got a very stark feel to it. Just the fact that they were able to get the streets of London as deserted as they did is remarkable. Well, with the exception of one guy I saw on the street as Jim was wandering off from the hospital.
This movie was actually shot in 24p High-Def, like Attack Of The Clones. But in this case, the HD look adds to the stark atmosphere. The lower-res (than film) image quality gave it a more realistic feel. Especially since the lighting was pretty spare, too.
The lack of music really added to the eeriness. Silence can be truly deafening. Especially when an infected crashes through the windows after it's been dead quiet.
The premise seemed to work for me. Animal rights activists breaking into labs does happen. And animal experimentation happens, too. And given how many bio-toxins there are in the world, natural and man-made, the premise of the film seems really plausible to me.
Truth be told, I found the soliders to be more scary than the infected. I found them far more dangerous, since their intellect remained intact, but their morals were thrown out the window. The infected were much easier to figure out in terms of motivation.
So basically, I enjoyed it, if that wasn't obvious enough already.