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28 Days Later... (2002)

A 2003 horror film directed by Danny Boyle.

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  • Nov 4, 2003
A really close friend of mine recommended that I see 28 DAYS LATER. I highly respect his taste in film and the first opportunity I had of watching the film after it arrived on DVD, I rented it. I enjoyed what I saw, though it wasn't quite like I was expecting.

From the previews and trailers and even reading the blurb on the back of the package, one would think that 28 DAYS LATER is going to be a horrifying masterpiece of terror. Unfortunately, except for an unexpected car alarm that goes off in the middle of London, there really isn't anything too frightening about the film. Instead, the movie is basically a hodge-podge homage to the zombie films of the past that offers hope about the state of humanity.

The plot of the film is rather simple. A psychological virus first tested on monkeys is accidently unleashed in Great Britain. It is a highly contagious disease that is passed through the blood and other bodily fluids, changing humans into wild carnavorous beasts that eat raw flesh. The main character of the film, Jim, awakens alone in a hospital bed 28 days after the virus was first unleashed. He wonders through the empty streets of London and eventually meets up with a couple of other survivors who are uninfected. They eventually meet up with a couple of other survivors and in the hopes of meeting other survivors head to a location where a cure to the disease supposedly exists. The people broadcasting the signal are a group of soldiers loyal to their commanding officer. They have a cure, but it's not quite what Jim and the others expect.

For a zombie movie, 28 DAYS LATER really isn't that gory. There really isn't much blood shown. In fact, outside of some foul language and a little violence, the movie is relatively tame. Some will be frightened by the zombies (basically a person's eyes turn red and blood drips out of their mouth) more because of the way the movie is filmed. However, more frightening is the nature of the soldiers and the questions they raise about our own humanity. The philosophical and psychological questions that are raised after encountering this band of mondern mauraders is more chilling than any physical violence caused by the infected.

As mentioned earlier, 28 DAYS LATER is a homage to zombie movies of the past. I couldn't help but be reminded of THE OMEGA MAN and DAY OF THE DEAD while watching this film. Influences from 12 MONKEYS to EVIL DEAD can be seen in the movie along with several others.

Overall, 28 DAYS LATER is a fairly enjoyable movie that's not to scary to watch. My favorite part in the film were the scenes filmed in the empty streets of London and the scene right before Jim is supposed to be executed and he learns the secret of the disease. The alternate endings that accompany the DVD are interesting to watch and the commentary is quite informative. A decent film from one of the UK's more interesting directors.

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review by . March 27, 2011
A mutant virus turns Britain into a wasteland.
28 Days Later...is a film about a mutated bio-weapon that is released from a lab that infects people with a nasty virus that turns them homicidal. The isle of Britain has become quarantined and only a few unlucky survivors must fend for themselves as there is no one around who can help them. One survivor Jim (Cillian Murphy) was in the hospital during all of this and is awakened to a nightmarish Hell. During his travels around London, he meets up with a few others and try to get out of the city …
review by . October 17, 2010
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      28 DAYS LATER      I have argued it for years and it seems that there are still people out there who think this is a zombie when it is clearly not. This film is no were near being a zombie flick as the INFECTED are not dead they are just INFECTED with a virus that was put into monkeys. I don't know why people think of this as a zombie flick but what ever. This is indeed a great film and when it was released one of the scariest films in recent years. …
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review by . July 22, 2010
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Quick Tip by . October 17, 2010
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I had a lot of fun watching this when it first came out and still it is fun to watch right now, that's just me. Is this a perfect movie, that is up to you but I have a great time watching it.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
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I love the effects and style of the "infected". Not completely zombies, but still quite scary.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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Please don't call 28 Days Later another zombie movie. This British cult favorite will keep you enthralled the entire film as you put yourself in Jim's post-virus shoes.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
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This is possibly my favorite Zombie film ever. It is just awesome
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
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This movie scared me, we talk about this happening in the real world and it made me think too much. If you like that watch it;0
review by . May 06, 2009
This movie got a lot of attention like the Night of the Living Dead. I recently rented it and was greatly disappointed. This movie deals with a virus that makes people almost like mutant crazies that go around attacking other people. A group of people wander London trying to get back to "civilization." While the characters in George Romero's classic were interesting and you really felt for them, these characters are dull and sometimes act crazy themselves. The British accents were very difficult …
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The director/producer team that created Trainspotting turn their dynamic cinematic imaginations to the classic science fiction scenario of the last people on Earth. Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma to find London deserted--until he runs into a mob of crazed plague victims. He gradually finds other still-human survivors (including Naomie Harris), with whom he heads off across the abandoned countryside to find the source of a radio broadcast that promises salvation. 28 Days Later is basically an updated version of The Omega Man and other post-apocalyptic visions; but while the movie may lack originality, it makes up for it in vivid details and creepy paranoid atmosphere. 28 Days Later's portrait of how people behave in extreme circumstances--written by novelist Alex Garland (The Beach)--will haunt you afterward. Also featuring Brendan Gleeson (The General, Gangs of New York) and Christopher Eccleston (Shallow Grave, The Others).--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Danny Boyle
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: June 27, 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Alex Garland
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
Runtime: 113 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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