One of the best zombie-ish films is definitely 28 Days Later. Don’t even bother with 28 Weeks Later.
The film is about a virus called rage, which scientists had used for experimenting with monkeys. The monkeys get loose because of ignorant animal activists who can’t listen to scientist warnings. And well, the whole city of London and outlying towns get infected. 28 days after the inital breakout a guy named Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up in the hospital. He meets Selena (Naomie Harris) another survivor. They travel together and basically try to stay alive, meeting other survivors along the way. Jim and Selena meet father/daughter duo Hannah and Frank (Brendan Gleeson). The group gets to know each other and become almost like a family. They reach an army base that promises salvation but gives them anything but that.
All of the main actors were phenomenal in this movie. They showed the struggle and exhaustion that comes with constantly killing people and being afraid of infection. It was cool to see Selena go from a cynical character to one that eventually warms up to others. The father/daughter dynamic in the movie was such a sweet, loving one that it was hard to watch as times got tougher for Hannah. The ending of the film was a great one because it was very hopeful for the remaining characters.
Even though the filmmakers had a shoe string budget the film was very well made. I liked the way they made the people infected with the rage virus look, it was very creepy. It was directed by Danny Boyle, who has done others such as Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting. Murphy has been in films like Cold Mountain, Red Eye and The Dark Knight. Gleeson is very recognizable from roles in In Bruges (see it!) and Gangs of New York.