I found this 4.13 AICN review of Juan Carlo Fresnadillo‘s 28 Days Later (Fox Atomic, 5.11) highly persuasive. The Danny Boyle original (i.e., 28 Days Later) absolutely hooked me on the horrific idea of seething red-eyed zombies who run like quarterbacks, and the following graph is what got me in particular:
“What’s great is that every so often you latch onto a character [and] think ‘oh, that’s obviously the hero’ or ‘well, she’s the heroine’ only to watch them get torn to bits ten minutes later. There’s nothing predictable about who survives and who doesn’t (with one very obvious exception) and the film cleverly wrong-foots you on exactly who√É¬¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√¢‚Äû¬¢ll be dismembered/eaten/puking blood next.
“In fact, it’s so effective that even innocuous scenes had me wincing because I was expecting something absolutely awful to happen, and there’s no doubt that Fresnadillo enjoys toying with his audience in this way.”