28 Days Later
28 Days Later (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kinetically directed by Danny Boyle, 28 Days Later is both a terrifying zombie movie and a sharp political allegory.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The picture is twitchy and annoying, flecked with blood and half-digested ideas, and too much is left unexplained.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

The best purely British horror/science-fiction film in decades. And the first great apocalypse movie of the new millennium.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade

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.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Later does a lot of things right, which makes its third-act missteps even more frustrating.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

What also makes 28 Days Later effective, and sets it apart from other thrillers, is that it makes you care about the characters.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
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… More
Samuel Riley
Its gruesome, its gritty, its absolutely great. This is quite possibly the greatest zombie film since George A.Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead'.
Kase Vollebregt
A good zombie movie but also more notably a good political allegory, '28 Days Later' works off its' innovative director, even if it is not as… More
xGary Xx
A young bicycle courier wakes up from surgery in central London to find it completely deserted, until he is attacked by a horde of rabid people screaming for… More
Everett Johnson
"28 Days Later" came out in June 2003 at a time when zombies were considered "old news". They just weren't making good zombie flicks… More
Melvin White
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