28 Days Later

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

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After breaking into a primate research facility, a group of animal rights activists discover caged chimps chained up before banks of screens displaying horrifying, violent images. Ignoring the warnings of the terrified researcher who maintains that the chimps are infected, they begin to free the animals and are immediately subjected to a bloody attack from the enraged creatures. Twenty-eight days later, Cycle courier Jim awakes from a coma in the deserted intensive care unit of a London hospital. He wanders out into a church where he finds dead bodies piled in heaps on the chapel floor. A sudden explosion from a makeshift bomb heralds the arrival of fellow "survivors" Selina and Mark. They take Jim to safety and explain to him that this infection is transmitted by blood and overwhelms the infected victim with a murderous rage within seconds. Britain has been overrun, and they have no way of knowing if it has spread worldwide. Their only hope of survival may lie in the hands of a Manchester group of soldiers, as they 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, unaware that the worst is yet to come.

Cast

Christopher Eccleston
as Maj. Henry West
Luke Mably
as Pvt. Clifton
Stuart McQuarrie
as Sgt. Farrell
Ricci Harnett
as Cpl. Mitchell
Leo Bill
as Pvt. Jones
Junior Laniyan
as Pvt. Bell
Ray Panthaki
as Private Bedford
Sanjay Rambaruth
as Private Davis
Marvin Campbell
as Private Mailer
Alex Palmer
as Activist
David Schneider
as Scientist
Toby Sedgwick
as Infected Priest
Christopher Dunne
as Jim's Father
Emma Hitching
as Jim's Mother
Alexander Delamere
as Mr. Bridges
Kim McGarrity
as Mr. Bridges Daughter
Justin Hackney
as Infected Kid
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Critic Reviews for 28 Days Later

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Audience Reviews for 28 Days Later

  • 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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