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28 Days Later (2003)

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87

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 215
Fresh: 188 | Rotten: 27

28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory.

89

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 5

28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Animal rights activists free a group of infected chimpanzees to horrifying results in this speculative sci-fi horror effort from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle. Waking from a coma in a deserted London hospital 28 days later, bicycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) takes to the deserted city streets in a state of mystified confusion. Joining forces with another group of survivors following a terrifying encounter in a seemingly abandoned church, Jim soon learns the truth behind the deserted

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror

Alex Garland

Oct 21, 2003

$44.9M

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All Critics (215) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (188) | Rotten (27) | DVD (42)

The movie's craft makes the dread of a killer virus contagious: viewers may feel they have come down with a case of secondhand SARS or sympathetic monkeypox.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Heedlessly derivative though it may be, 28 Days Later does what it sets out to do and then some -- scare us out of our wits, then get us to apply those wits to an uncommonly intelligent and provocative zombie flick.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The picture is twitchy and annoying, flecked with blood and half-digested ideas, and too much is left unexplained.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Danny Boyle's purposeful direction and Mark Tildesley's imaginative and resourceful production design keep this fresh and edgy; the images of a wasted London and the details of a paramilitary organization in the countryside are both creepy and persuasive.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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What also makes 28 Days Later effective, and sets it apart from other thrillers, is that it makes you care about the characters.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Danny Boyle has got his edge back.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The end result still lacks a coherent sense of what the film is trying to achieve.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Later does a lot of things right, which makes its third-act missteps even more frustrating.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

28 Days Later is a mind-bending look at a future one hopes never happens.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

This Dogme-driven apocalyptic nightmare from director Danny Boyle is a tense, exciting and terrifying horror.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A crude but sometimes startling serving of schlock, the velocity and ferocity compensating for leaden conversation and smudge-o-vision photography.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The film doesn't confine itself to wry satire -- it's an effective action adventure and an emotional journey for its protagonist Jim.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

A thrilling, gory affair, 28 Days Later is a well directed, believably acted yarn and well worth a watch, particularly for Romero fans.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

a wild cocktail of campy, gory fun

September 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Viral apocalypse, zombies, and terror. For adults.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

A very frustrating watch as 28 Days Later... could have been a great film and the first half is just that. It is a shame about the rest.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

This "Dawn of the Dead" inspired chiller is strong on concept, style and brutally violent action, but suffers from poor musical scoring, and a digital video format that helped keep its budget at 10 million dollars.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (11)
ColeSmithey.com

Entertaining, horrifying, and is sure to be a classic.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A zombie thriller spiked with horror, 28 Days Later begins with plenty of promise and shocks, but gets swallowed up by an overdose of bloody violence.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (4)
Urban Cinefile

It degenerates into an incongruous morality tale with an action movie climax that abandons all that came before it.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

The film itself seems to exist in a state of perpetual imbalance... between life and death, the real and the surreal, civilization and chaos.

October 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Audience Reviews for 28 Days Later

A good zombie movie but also more notably a good political allegory, '28 Days Later' works off its' innovative director, even if it is not as quick paced as one might hope from a zombie flick.
September 8, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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"28 Days Later" came out in June 2003 at a time when zombies were considered "old news". They just weren't making good zombie flicks anymore, and then BAM! This came out of no where. Now this isn't so much a zombie movie, as it is an infected people, biting other people movie. This introduced "fast zombies", which seemed awesome, but faded pretty quick, as most people(myself included), like their zombies slow. If you haven't seen this, London has pretty much been destroyed and over run by a virus called Rage, which turns people into fast zombies. Jim(Cillian Murphy) wakes up in a hospital(Walking Dead stole this), alone with no idea what is going on. He then meets a couple people, and they try to get to safety. Along the way they battle priest zombies, a group of soldiers, and more zombies. It's slow, suspenseful, and has a few really great scary moments. Fans of horror/zombie movies should enjoy this even if it is a step below quite a few other classic zombie films.
October 5, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Its gruesome, its gritty, its absolutely great. This is quite possibly the greatest zombie film since George A.Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead'.
July 2, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

A young bicycle courier wakes up from surgery in central London to find it completely deserted, until he is attacked by a horde of rabid people screaming for his blood. Danny Boyle's spin on the zombie movie, although as inevitably generic as you'd expect has enough quirks to make it stand out from an overpopulated crowd. The English locations alone are enough to give it an unusual flavour and the scenes that show him wandering through the empty city are genuinely spooky. When "the infected" appear it settles down into the usual cliches but at least Boyle understands the genre better than most and concentrates on the psychological horror of the death of civilisation and the zombie attacks have the requisite tension and suspense. Unfortunately the second half of the film is far weaker than the first. Christopher Eccleston's squad of troops operating on the ragged edge clearly owe a debt to Romero's Day Of The Dead and are quite believable British versions of their gung ho American counterparts, although this sequence suffers for some weak dialogue and poor performances. Add an unsatisfying conclusion which is nothing more than a half-hearted 50s B-Movie happy ending and 28 Days Later can hardly be described as perfect, but it's different enough to be worth a look.
March 22, 2012
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    1. Selena: Do you think they saw us this time?
    – Submitted by Andrew D (9 months ago)
    1. Jim: And then I wake up today in hospital. I wake up and I'm... I'm hallucinating or I'm...
    2. Mark: What's your name?
    3. Jim: Jim.
    4. Mark: I'm Mark. This is Selena. Ok, Jim. I've got some bad news.
    – Submitted by Paula W (19 months ago)
    1. Jim: Please..
    2. Corporal Mitchell: Believe me, I'm not interested.
    – Submitted by Paula W (19 months ago)
    1. Mark: A man walks into a bar with a giraffe. They both get pissed. The giraffe falls over. The man goes to leave and the bartender says, 'Oi. You can't leave that lyin' there.' And the man says, 'No, it's not a lion. It's a giraffe.'
    2. Jim: [doesn't respond]
    3. Mark: Completely humorless.
    – Submitted by Paula W (19 months ago)
    1. Selena: It started as rioting. But right from the beginning you knew this was different. Because it was happening in small villages, market towns. And then it wasn't on the TV any more. It was in the street outside. It was coming in through your windows. It was a virus. An infection. You didn't need a doctor to tell you that. It was the blood. It was something in the blood. By the time they tried to evacuate the cities it was already too late. Army blockades were overrun. And that's when the exodus started. Before the TV and radio stopped broadcasting there were reports of infection in Paris and New York. We didn't hear anything more after that.
    – Submitted by macky s (23 months ago)
    1. Selena: Hannah, it's OK. He's not infected.
    2. Hannah: But I thought he was biting you.
    3. Jim: Kissing. I was kissing her. Are you stoned?
    4. Selena: It's a long story.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
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