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A powerful virus is unleashed on the British public following a raid on a primate research facility by animal rights activists. Transmitted in a drop of blood and devastating within seconds, the virus locks those infected into a permanent state of murderous rage. Within 28 days the country is overwhelmed and a handful of survivors begin their attempts to salvage a future, little realizing that the deadly virus is not the only thing that threatens them.
Sci-Fi Thriller - This is a graphic and bloody horror movie with many savage Zombie
like people attacking normal people. Unlike most horror movies,
28 Days Later isn't nonstop violence. In fact, there are only
sporadic scenes of violence up to the violent ending. Most of the
scenes show deserted cities and a group of people trying to survive.
PROFANITY: 54 F-words, 8 S-words, Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: FULL frontal male nudity in a nonsexual scene. VIOLENCE: LOTS of brutal killings, some very bloody. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor prescription drug use. ACTION: Sporatic scenes of intense violence is about the only action. COMEDY: None
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "28 Days Later is dark, the video quality is dubious
(it was shot on digital video to curtail cost and provide a grittier look), and
the subject matter is familiar. But the filmmakers counter these questionable
qualities with solid performances, an intelligent script, and sure-handed
direction. The result is a movie that kept me involved from start to finish.''
Review Good "28 Days Later is a tough, smart, ingenious movie that
leads its characters into situations where everything depends on their (and our)
understanding of human nature.''
Review Good "28 Days Later is
particularly frightening as threats of bioterrorism and global infectious agents
loom large. In contrast to movies like The Ring and Darkness Falls,
this is a hard R-rated movie, inappropriate for young teens. Toward its
conclusion, the violence grows excessive. But, amid the nightmarish images and
gore, this grim tale does have moments of humor and hope. Mostly, it's an
edge-of-your-seat scary movie that startles and chills.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Very Good "..this unrelenting horror tale's paranoid genius lies in
equating free-floating wrath and physical sickness; the infected aren't
literally dead, but their frenzied rage has burned away every human impulse and
left only rampaging flesh. The thematic underpinnings never disrupt the story's
stripped-down momentum, and the ray-of-hope ending in no way undercuts the
horror of the 100 minutes that precede it.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Twentysomething males were the only age group where most of them enjoyed 28 Days. Only about half of teen males enjoyed it, which is likely due to the many scenes that contain no action. Only a few adult males thought it was good.
As for the females, about half of all age groups thought it was at least an OK movie. This is indicated by the very low number of "Very Good" and higher opinions.
I personally thought 28 Days was very entertaining and I believe if you like horror movies with an actual story then you will likely enjoy 28 days. If you don't like unusual plots and gory Zombies then you'll certainly want to skip 28 Days.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected) As long as you go in knowing that this movie contains very graphic and bloody violence and Zombies, I have no doubt that you will find it very entertaining. However, horror fans should be aware that it's NOT a typical horror movie with nearly non-stop violence. The violence is sporadic, except for the ending. This movie is more for those who like off-beat, art house type movies with some underlying social statements made by the story.
28 days later… Cycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakes from a coma in the deserted intensive care unit of a London hospital. Mystified, he wanders the wards and corridors in search of others and eventually heads into the city streets, calling out for help. As the shadows lengthen Jim seeks shelter in a church only to find dead bodies piled in heaps on the chapel floor.
A sudden noise alerts him to the presence of a priest but his lightening speed, blood stained eyes and murderous screams send Jim reeling into the street. More "infected” are attracted by the noise and Jim runs in panic and confusion as a growing flock sprint after him through the dark streets.
A sudden explosion from a makeshift bomb heralds the arrival of fellow "survivors” Selena (NAOMIE HARRIS) and Mark (NOAH HUNTLEY). Following a daring rescue they take Jim to safety and start to explain to him the nature of the infection, that it is transmitted in the blood, is overwhelming within seconds, that Britain has been overrun and that they have no way of knowing if it has spread worldwide.
Selena and Mark reluctantly agree to help the shell-shocked Jim return home to Deptford to find his parents, with terrifying consequences. Later, as they sneak through the darkened streets, Selena and Jim spot a lone light in a tower block and investigate to see if there are other survivors. The unlikely pair they find are father and daughter Frank (BRENDAN GLEESON) and Hannah (MEGAN BURNS) whose water supplies are running dangerously low and are desperate to find alternative shelter.
As the group takes shelter in the tower block, an automated radio broadcast is picked up. A Manchester-based group of soldiers, led by Major Henry West (CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON), claim to have the ‘answer' to infection and invite any survivors to join them at their blockade. Faced with no practical alternative, the group sets out northwards in Frank's black cab unaware that the worst is yet to come.