Maybe it's all the talk of Swine Flu flooding the airwaves that has me in a pandemic frame of mind, but when Erik asked us to think about some of our favorite summer movie trailers, my mind wandered from the obvious blockbusters and instead, I came up with Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. Now, I've always been a staunch defender of 28 Days against what seemed to be a chorus of naysayers. Yes, I know; the theatrical ending is too upbeat (not for me, but I've got a pretty bleak outlook sometimes), it's not a proper zombie film, Cillian Murphy's 'Rambo' turn comes from left field, and the list goes on. But believe me when I tell you that there is nothing you can come up that I haven't already heard about why this film isn't all it's cracked up to be. So even though better men have tried (and failed) to convince me that this isn't some of the best work that Boyle has done, at least we can agree that it's a heck of a lot better than A Life Less Ordinary.
The international trailer for the horror had all of the trademarks of Boyle's style; great use of music, striking visuals, and it was creepy as hell. Boyle and Alex Garland's story of an infection running amok in England might not have been your typical summer release; it was shot on digital video, it had limited F/X, and the most recognizable face in the trailer was Christopher Eccleston. But, just watching this trailer again after all these years reminds me that it isn't always the splashy Hollywood productions that can turn out to be your summer's most memorable film.
(Trailer contains language that is NSFW.)