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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    This is finally the zombie flick as cautionary political tale, and as humanist parable. It's not the flesh-gouging zombie we have to worry about, the filmmakers suggest, but the soul-gouging zombie within.
  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
    In place of elaborate sets, clever filmmaking gives the impression of a central London emptied of people and cars, to eerie effect - and this opening reel is nothing short of magnificent.
  4. Boyle gives us some truly harrowing sequences and a succession of images that stick in the mind like a bad dream.
  5. Around about the third act, the picture does what no self-respecting virus ever would -- relents, turns confused, and lets our immune system fight back with thoughts of its own, with distracting cavils about the logic of the plot and the slightness of the themes.
  6. 70
    It's undoubtedly a canny and clever twist on the standard zombie-attack yarn, but anybody who's making grand claims for 28 Days Later simply hasn't seen enough horror movies.
  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 177
  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. Collapse
  2. Will
    Jun 27, 2006
    10
    28 Days Later remains my favorite movie of all time. Not only does it have some of the most amazing camera angles and artistic shots, 28 Days Later remains my favorite movie of all time. Not only does it have some of the most amazing camera angles and artistic shots, It's intensity is absolutely unmatched. Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris are simply superb as well. Many people who see this movie fail to understand that it's not just a stupid zombie flick. 28 days later is far more; it's an intelligent study of the human psyche and how we're mentally affected by danger. The cinematography in 28 days later is equally impressive; the colors and filtering used in the camera work are nothing short of breathtaking. If you have any interest in horror movies, or for that matter movies at all you owe it to yourself to immediately rent or (preferably) buy 28 days later. Expand
  3. Mar 21, 2015
    10
    The best zombie movie I have ever seen. It was good enough to merit a sequel, 28 weeks later, which is also amazing. Those two and dawn of theThe best zombie movie I have ever seen. It was good enough to merit a sequel, 28 weeks later, which is also amazing. Those two and dawn of the dead really are the best zombie movies out there. Expand
  4. Oct 18, 2010
    8
    I'm a sucker for a good zombie/whatever/end of the world movie so you may already know how this review is going to go... Although I guess II'm a sucker for a good zombie/whatever/end of the world movie so you may already know how this review is going to go... Although I guess I can be somewhat picky in the zombie movies I like. Either way this was a good one. Basically the zombies were created due to a release of a virus (as always) but this one was "rage". Anyway, typical storyline of zombie world and story of survivors, but this movie did do it a tad different. Or just really well. The last part of the movie was in my opinion pretty brilliant and unique in the terms of salvation didn't come through for them like they figured. Can't wait to watch the sequel. 4 out of 5.

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  5. May 22, 2015
    8
    Very good movie. Didn't enjoy the cinematography or some of the shaky camerawork. The character development was excellent. I found this to beVery good movie. Didn't enjoy the cinematography or some of the shaky camerawork. The character development was excellent. I found this to be a still fresh take on a zombie movie. Expand
  6. May 15, 2014
    7
    28 Days Later packs a solid punch for zombie-movie lovers, and even for the average moviegoer. Boyle's style of filmmaking is not something28 Days Later packs a solid punch for zombie-movie lovers, and even for the average moviegoer. Boyle's style of filmmaking is not something that I've ever liked, but I have to admit that the movie itself was pretty good. It is a razor sharp attack on the government, AND a terrifying zombie movie. But style aside, Boyle knows how to make movies work, and this one definitely does. 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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