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  • Summary: When a group of animal rights activists frees primates from a research facility, a deadly virus which causes murderous behavior is unleashed.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. A first-rate zombie movie. The best tribute I can offer is that it makes you want to go out directly afterward and down some expensive single-malt scotch.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    The genuine article, a hard-core horror picture from start to finish... Prepare to get seriously stresed.
  3. 88
    Boyle and screenwriter Alex Garland plumb the violence of the mind with slashing wit and shocking gravity. Happy nightmares.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    A damn-near great end-of-the-world zombie movie, terrifying on the basic heebie-jeebie level, respectful toward its B-movie forebears, and all the more unnerving for coming out in this fretful era of SARS and germ warfare.
  5. 75
    A tough, smart, ingenious movie that leads its characters into situations where everything depends on their (and our) understanding of human nature.
  6. 70
    Heir to a long tradition of apocalyptic scare stories, the film wears its influences proudly.
  7. 30
    Unrelentingly grim, unremittingly gross and unforgivably unattractive, 28 Days Later is an orgy of troubling images and bestial sound effects.

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  1. Negative: 27 out of 164
  1. ChaseG.
    Mar 17, 2008
    10
    To me, what Days has always held over the head of Weeks is simply this...mood. 28 Days Later has an unparalleled mood and style in its To me, what Days has always held over the head of Weeks is simply this...mood. 28 Days Later has an unparalleled mood and style in its execution, in almost everything it does. It doesn't just describe events to you, like some movies do, but it portrays it in such a way that it's genuinely chilling and believable. In comparison to Weeks, Days doesn't hold what it has over you like a bludgeon, it doesn't attempt to beat you with the speed of the zombies, or the gore. But it places it in supreme positions in the film to have the utmost effect, at the climax, at the low-point, etc. And the best part about it, is that it manages to achieve a constant level of edginess, a constant thrill even when there's nothing on the screen, it manages all of this without a guitar-blasting soundtrack (however awesome the Weeks theme is) or cameras explicitly showing that zombies are just running at you, spewing blood as they go. In fact, you are often scared in this movie simply by the fact that you don't really see what's scaring you, which is a true sign of mastery in the genre. On the other end of the spectrum, all performances in this film are excellent, the chemistry between Seline and Jim is believable especially. All characters have an edge of sympathy, and portray to you that not everyone to survive the apocalypse will be beefy, bulky men with chain guns. It defies a lot of things that would be expected of it, and ditches all normal conventions, pulling it off with grace and poise. It's a must see for anyone who can stand the level of intensity. It's a must see for anyone who can stand the. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2011
    10
    This is the best zombie movie I've seen so far, it has great characters, plot, acting, and feel to it, while watching you feel like there isThis is the best zombie movie I've seen so far, it has great characters, plot, acting, and feel to it, while watching you feel like there is no hope for the characters, which makes them all the more enjoyable, a must see not just for zombie fans, but for fans of amazingly well made movies, every bit deserving of a perfect 10. Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2010
    9
    I really enjoyed this movie and the zombie origin story in provided. The actors in it do a great job. I was impressed with this one, and likedI really enjoyed this movie and the zombie origin story in provided. The actors in it do a great job. I was impressed with this one, and liked it equally as well as the second one. Expand
  4. RD.
    May 28, 2007
    8
    Very good zombie movie. Scary in parts and has a good social commentary.
  5. Jun 11, 2011
    8
    I really enjoyed this! I liked the characters, and the acting was good. There wasn't quite enough gore for a zombie/apocalypse movie, but itI really enjoyed this! I liked the characters, and the acting was good. There wasn't quite enough gore for a zombie/apocalypse movie, but it was pretty intense just the same. The music was fantastic, and fit perfectly with what was going on. Expand
  6. Aug 13, 2012
    7
    Danny Boyle is and has been Britain's best director since his ballsy masterpiece Trainspotting. Now he brings us 28 Days Later. The story of aDanny Boyle is and has been Britain's best director since his ballsy masterpiece Trainspotting. Now he brings us 28 Days Later. The story of a man named Jim who awakes from a coma 28 days after a virus known as Rage has contaminated the Great British public. Along his way Jim makes new friends, realises that not even humans can be trusted in the end of the world and what precautions are really being put in place to ensure the virus doesn't leave England. Expand
  7. RichS.
    Jun 1, 2007
    0
    One of the worst movies I've ever seen. I'll always remember how bad it was because I was laughing the whole way through.

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