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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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
If you're gonna homage George Romero, do it with some respect, and this Brit import comes loaded. Danny Boyle directs, Alex Garland writes, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleason star, it's a power line-up primed to deliver all the tense, sweaty anxiety fear of being eaten alive should bring. Pretty damn cool stuff.
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
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.
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