In addition to the nonsensical lack of zombie awareness that film characters generally possess, a recent viewing of 28 Days Later highlighted the stupid behavior that survivors in zombie movies continue to display long after learning the relevant facts about the threat they face. Their critical, unrealistic errors inevitably cost more lives than any undead menace would on its own.
This issue can be summed up in one simple question:
If you were facing a deadly viral threat that could infect you with just a single drop of blood in your eye, don’t you think you’d at least wear sunglasses?
The 28DL gang has plenty of time to whimsically spin around an empty, fully stocked grocery store, debating the merits of different types of liquor and chocolate, but somehow the concept of ducking into the sports superstore across the street and grabbing a pair of ski goggles – and maybe some racing leathers – completely escapes them. What’s more, the tough-as-nails lead female repeatedly hacks infected attackers to death wearing little more than a t-shirt, and nothing covering her face or mouth to protect against deadly blood spatter.
Creative license is all fine and good, but just once it would be refreshing to see a zombie movie in which the characters don’t die because of their own incompetence, but rather they do everything right, and still wind up trapped in an utterly hopeless situation with nowhere to run or hide.
If you ask us, that would be really scary.