Mise en scene analysis of a sequence in 28 Days Later
28 days later is a controversial, contemporary noir, horror hybrid, directed by Danny Boyle and released in 2002. The film contains themes of escapism, fear, religion and rationalizes zombies to create fear for a contemporary audience. As Danny Boyle didn’t want to create a ‘run of the mill’ zombie cliché, he chose to run the idea of fear than illness, something society has created so the fear (virus – rage) becomes a psychological sickness in the film. The film follows Jim awakening 28 days following the infection, after he was in a coma. While trying to rationalize seeing a deserted London the first infected he encounters is a priest, which shows the modern day disillusionment of religion as a priest is whom you usually seek sanctuary from. He begins a quest to seek others in his confused state. During his ‘quest’ he is saved by the female protagonist; Selena who shows her only priority of surviving. The only other female character in this film is Hannah-Megan Burns, who has an internal conflict; to stay who she was during the equilibrium or to adapt to the new equilibrium. My chosen sequence shows her character at the climax of her attempt to stay innocent prior to the infection/disruption. Mise en scene plays a prominent part in the sequence which shows Hannah’s adapting to the world around her shows Hannah’s mind state and her attempt at staying herself. In the run up to this sequence Hannah watched her father die, she is surrounded by ‘human saviours – the army’, - who believe the only way to resolve this ‘is the sexualisation of women’. Jim believed dead Selena has drugged Hannah to ‘block’ her mind however it shows her climax of character development as she fights for her humanity and innocence. This sequence shows her development and the relationship formed with ‘Selena’ through Mise en scene. The sequence begins with Selena and Hannah sat at opposite ends of a sofa (in the manor), in the centre of...
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