Secret Cinema: 28 Days Later review – ‘the best zombie run ever created’
There are few things less secret than Secret Cinema these days. Not only is the title of the film now trailered in advance for the company’s major productions – most recently The Empire Strikes Back – everything from delays in construction to the price of themed cocktails is think-pieced to death in the media. Such is the fug of controversy around the creeping prices and grasping approach to up-selling that the shows themselves barely have a chance to breathe, which is a shame, because as 28 Days Later amply demonstrates, they’ve still got a hell of a lot to offer.
An excessively arcane series of online health questionnaires and ‘NSH’ branded microsites eventually leads you to your secret location, where vaccines for and shelter from the zombie-breeding rage virus are brusquely offered up. There you’ll be assessed, processed and then thoroughly petrified by a legion of blood-thirsty ‘infected’, in picture perfect facsimiles of locations from Danny Boyle’s 2002 biohazard thriller.
It might be little more than a zombie run, but it’s probably the best zombie run ever created. The venue is cavernous and creepy, the cast intense and intimidating, and the coercion to spend extra dough on costumes and cocktails nowhere near as omnipresent and distracting as you might have been led to believe. It’s almost a shame when the lights come down and the film whirrs into life, though the gorgeous setting for the screening and sporadic live elements ensure that it’s as close to the bloody action and Boyle’s apocalyptic vision as you’d ever wish to be.
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