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Kinetically directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory. Read critic reviews

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A group of misguided animal rights activists free a caged chimp infected with the "Rage" virus from a medical research lab. When London bike courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma a month after, he finds his city all but deserted. On the run from the zombie-like victims of the Rage, Jim stumbles upon a group of survivors, including Selena (Naomie Harris) and cab driver Frank (Brendan Gleeson), and joins them on a perilous journey to what he hopes will be safety.

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  • Twenty-eight Days Later is a zombie flick, which makes it my kind of movie-dare I say, our kind of movie. No cinema zombie ever shambles into view without its agenda.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The possibility of renewal suggested by the survivors' attempts to start over certainly points toward hope. However, the circularity of the movie's plot is most likely to inspire dismay.

    March 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The best purely British horror/science-fiction film in decades. And the first great apocalypse movie of the new millennium.

    September 30, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • Later does a lot of things right, which makes its third-act missteps even more frustrating.

    October 6, 2013 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 18, 2017
    As far as zombie movies go this sure is different. It is also very raw and gritty, as well as inappropriate at times. I do not feel like I need to watch it again.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2016
    Menacing, grisly and bloody-brilliant to its core. 28 Days Later's combination of heart-pounding terror and gritty realism conjure up a fascinating take on a zombie/infection/plague tale and its real-world-situational trope. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2015
    28 Days Later was made on a very small budget in the early days of digital cinema, so, yes, in retrospect, it does look a little bit like it was shot on a Nokia 3310, and yes, it is heavily responsible for the bilious deluge of zombie movies we got in its wake, which we are only now finally recovering from - but it's so good.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2014
    Truly horrifying and intense but it weakens towards the end.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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