May 14 2007

I’d rather live in a zombie infested London than Washington, DC

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I came to this realization while watching 28 Weeks Later, the much anticipated sequel to 28 Days Later. Unfortunately, my UK visa’s been expired for quite awhile. Dammit.

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28 Weeks later is a rather mindless film filled with blood (lots and lots of blood), gore, suspense, and audience members screaming “Oh no she didn’t!” In other words, a perfect Saturday evening movie. The beginning has a rather intense chase scene (yeah, chase, as in these “zombies” are super fast runners, not like the old school 20th century zombies). I suppose, technically, the “infected” in the 28 series aren’t really zombies, but they have several zombie factors so I call them zombies.

The premise of 28 Weeks Later is that the U.S. Army has moved into the UK after the zombies starved to death to re-establish control and start moving the Brits (who survived in European refugee camps) back to London. District 1, also known as the Green Zone (haha, get it? Get it?! Green Zone, like in Baghdad! Where do they come up with these things?!) is located on the Isle of Dogs in London’s East End, with the returning refugees being quartered in the “high-rises” of Canary Wharf.


The Green Zone, pre-Zombie

Using Canary Wharf as a Green Zone was quite a brilliant move on the part of the U.S. Army. Canary Wharf is, after all, home to the ONLY Chili’s Grill & Bar in London. Certainly, after being holed up in a cottage or bomb shelter, subsisting only on canned pork ‘n beans, and living in fear of super-fast rampaging zombies, I would love to calm my nerves with a Presidente Margarita, Awesome Blossom, and, eff it, a Molten Chocolate Cake.

As you can imagine, however, the movie does not center around survivors eating at Chili’s and admiring the architecture of Canary Wharf. That would be slightly boring. The situation becomes completely FUBAR’d due to almost unbelievable stupidity and you soon have yourself some bloody zombie action. Much like its prequel, 28 Weeks Later contains amazing footage of a deserted London, including a few scenes from my old ‘hood, Bankside. Yeah, sure, the place was overrun with zombies, it’s effing expensive as hell, and the Mexican food there totally sucks, but all I could think about during the movie was, “Damn, I really miss that city.”

If you have a zombie obsession, and, like myself and my coworkers, constantly find yourself talking about zombies during important meetings, you might as well check out the movie. What have you got to lose besides $10.25?

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6 Responses to I’d rather live in a zombie infested London than Washington, DC

  1. From Angela:

    Hmmmm… Well last I checked, zombie combat is not part of the current Army training system. I will let you know in a few weeks if I learn any tips though, just in case you come across the creatures on your next London trip!

    Posted on May 15, 2007 at 2:59 am #
  2. From Ryan:

    Excuse me, I believe it was a US-led NATO peacekeeping mission.
    Gosh, the US would never just go and invade somewhere!

    Posted on May 15, 2007 at 5:08 pm #
  3. From Lindsay:

    Zombie combat should be taught at basic training as far as I’m concerned. The next war won’t be fought in the middle east…it’ll be in the streets of America…us versus the zombies.
    Oh yes, I stand corrected…the mission was NATO approved. I don’t remember seeing any uniforms from other countries, though. As usual, we’re doing alllll the work.

    Posted on May 15, 2007 at 9:10 pm #
  4. From El Capitan:

    You still can’t beat the best Zombie flick of all time…. Shawn of the Dead.
    I never get tired of watching it.

    Posted on May 23, 2007 at 2:52 pm #
  5. From Cindy:

    My first zombie movie: Shawn of the Dead! Pretty funny stuff, I’d bet you’d like it (if you haven’t seen it yet).

    Posted on May 24, 2007 at 7:15 pm #
  6. From Augusto Nunes:

    Hmmmm… Well last I checked, zombie combat is not part of the current Army training system. I will let you know in a few weeks if I learn any tips though, just in case you come across the creatures on your next London trip!

    Posted on November 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

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