Counting down the Oscar-winning director's filmography, from worst to best
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3. "28 Days Later..." (2002)
I like to think of the lavish celebration of London that Boyle served in last year's Olympic opening ceremony as an act of atonement for rendering the city unprecedentedly and unforgettably eerie in the early stages of this throat-grabbing fusion of B-movie tropes: why had the zombie film and the deadly-virus thriller not met before? Boyle was overdue a full-throttle horror movie by this point in his career, and feeding once more off the imagination of Alex Garland -- here writing his first screenplay -- yielded not only a modern genre classic, but most surprisingly, one of Boyle's most emptionally satisfying films. This is also the film that initiated his still-fruitful collaboration with ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, here ruthlessly exploiting the possibilities of digital several years ahead of his time.