28 Days Later
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The picture is twitchy and annoying, flecked with blood and half-digested ideas, and too much is left unexplained."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"The best purely British horror/science-fiction film in decades. And the first great apocalypse movie of the new millennium."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"The end result still lacks a coherent sense of what the film is trying to achieve."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
"A crude but sometimes startling serving of schlock, the velocity and ferocity compensating for leaden conversation and smudge-o-vision photography."
‑ , Total Film
"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Boyle is perfect for the job because he's not big on reassurance; by taking the radical step of letting the movie's low-budget grime get under your skin, he gives the zombie picture new life."
‑ Christopher Borrelli, Toledo Blade
"28 Days Later is a mind-bending look at a future one hopes never happens."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The film doesn't confine itself to wry satire -- it's an effective action adventure and an emotional journey for its protagonist Jim."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Later does a lot of things right, which makes its third-act missteps even more frustrating."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"What also makes 28 Days Later effective, and sets it apart from other thrillers, is that it makes you care about the characters."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"It's an efficient reminder that science-fiction filmmaking doesn't necessarily have to be swamped by special effects, that the best of it comes in tweaking the familiar just enough to turn it fantastical."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"This Dogme-driven apocalyptic nightmare from director Danny Boyle is a tense, exciting and terrifying horror."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"A thrilling, gory affair, 28 Days Later is a well directed, believably acted yarn and well worth a watch, particularly for Romero fans."
‑ Daniel Saney, Digital Spy
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