28 Days Later
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Animal rights activists free a group of infected chimpanzees to horrifying results in this speculative sci-fi horror effort from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle. Waking from a coma in a deserted London hospital 28 days later, bicycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) takes to the deserted city streets in a state of mystified confusion. Joining forces with another group of survivors following a terrifying encounter in a seemingly abandoned church, Jim soon learns the truth behind the deserted streets and the menacing creatures that lurk in the shadows. It's soon revealed that the chimpanzees… 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
"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
"The end result still lacks a coherent sense of what the film is trying to achieve."
‑ Allan Hunter, Screen International
"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
"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
"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
"Later does a lot of things right, which makes its third-act missteps even more frustrating."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A crude but sometimes startling serving of schlock, the velocity and ferocity compensating for leaden conversation and smudge-o-vision photography."
‑ , Total Film
"a wild cocktail of campy, gory fun"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The picture is twitchy and annoying, flecked with blood and half-digested ideas, and too much is left unexplained."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Danny Boyle has got his edge back."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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
"Viral apocalypse, zombies, and terror. For adults."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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