28 Days Later (2003)
Critic Consensus: Kinetically directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory.
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as Maj. Henry West
as Pvt. Clifton
as Sgt. Farrell
as Cpl. Mitchell
as Pvt. Jones
as Pvt. Bell
as Private Bedford
as Private Davis
as Private Mailer
as Infected Priest
as Jim's Father
as Jim's Mother
as Mr. Bridges
as Mr. Bridges Daughter
as Infected Kid
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Critic Reviews for 28 Days Later
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.
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.
Later does a lot of things right, which makes its third-act missteps even more frustrating.
The picture is twitchy and annoying, flecked with blood and half-digested ideas, and too much is left unexplained.
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.
Audience Reviews for 28 Days Later
Early neo-zombie flick is chilling in its unapologetic depiction of our fierce will to survive and the inhuman violence in humanity...and vice versa. Cillian Murphy is a bit bland at first, but then he gets balls-to-the-wall psycho. Naomie Harris (whom I erroneously thought was a recent ingenue) is bold and tough as the pitiless then maternal Selena, and the little bits of humor and camaraderie in this ragtag family are heartwarming. "The Walking Dead" seems to have taken its entire premise from this movie.
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.
"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.
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