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28 Days Later


An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty roomin a vacant hospitalin a deserted city.

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Viral apocalypse, zombies, and terror. For adults.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is very scary and deeply disturbing. It has extreme and graphic peril and violence. Many characters are killed. Characters use very strong language. There is frontal male nudity. Characters drink and take drugs. There are sexual references, including rape.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the different characters' responses to ultimate questions about the meaning of life. Who is responsible for what happened? What will the world be like 10 years later?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: I enjoyed watching this film, mostly because Murphy and Harris make such an appealing central couple to build a new world around. But nobody should mistake this for a killer-zombie movie with real soul.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Saturday, June 28, 2003

Rotten: Detestable, not just because its action is so vile or its technique so crude, but because its moral imagination is so impoverished.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 27, 2003

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

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sunday, October 6, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Its gruesome, its gritty, its absolutely great. This is quite possibly the greatest zombie film since George A.Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead'.

- samoriley, Monday, July 2, 2012

3 stars

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 his blood. Danny Boyle's spin on the zombie movie, although as inevitably generic as you'd expect has enough quirks to make it stand out from an overpopulated crowd. The English locations alone are enough to give it an unusual flavour and the scenes that show him wandering through the empty city are genuinely spooky. When "the infected" appear it settles down into the usual cliches but at least Boyle understands the genre better than most and concentrates on the psychological horror of the death of civilisation and the zombie attacks have the requisite tension and suspense. Unfortunately the second half of the film is far weaker than the first. Christopher Eccleston's squad of troops operating on the ragged edge clearly owe a debt to Romero's Day Of The Dead and are quite believable British versions of their gung ho American counterparts, although this sequence suffers for some weak dialogue and poor performances. Add an unsatisfying conclusion which is nothing more than a half-hearted 50s B-Movie happy ending and 28 Days Later can hardly be described as perfect, but it's different enough to be worth a look.

- garyX, Thursday, March 22, 2012

4 stars

"28 Days Later" is the pinnacle of horror/zombie apocalypse movies! It provides the drama that a lot of horror films seem to miss, Cillian Murphy's performance is incredible, the zombies are lifelike, the choice of camera placement is phenomenal, and the dialogue is very true and believable, as far as zombie flicks can go. As the infection begins to spread through the innards of monkeys and chimps, it is soon released unto to the world. 28 days later, we are involved in the life of a hospital patient as he wakes up to realize his world has been taken over. This fictional story of courage, terror, and survial, is definitely one of the best zombie films I have ever seen. It may have it's moments where it may be too long of a film for it's own good, but it makes use of the time that it has and does it with style. "28 Days Later" is fantastic!

- fb733768972, Sunday, October 30, 2011