28 DAYS LATER

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Release Date: June 27, 2003

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris,
Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson,
and Christopher Eccleston

Genre: Horror/Apocalyptic Science
Fiction

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder 28 DAYS LATER is an
intense apocalyptic science
fiction movie about a deadly
animal virus that turns
England into a wasteland
ravaged by psychotic bands of
infected humans. A hard
“R” movie, it nevertheless
features a strong moral
worldview and a sympathetic
hero. The movie opens with a
small group of mindless animal
rights activists releasing a
bunch of caged chimpanzees,
even though a terrified lab
scientist insists that the
chimps are “infected.” The
crazed animals unleash a
bloody attack on everyone,
including a female activist
who starts vomiting blood when
she’s bitten by one of the
chimps. Twenty-eight days
later, a young man named Jim
awakes from a coma in the
deserted intensive care unit
of a London hospital. After
three attacks from enraged,
infected people, Jim joins
forces with an uninfected
black woman named Selena and a
father and daughter, Frank and
Hannah, who are holed up in an
apartment tower but are
running low on water. As the
group takes shelter in the
tower, an automated radio
broadcast claims to be a group
of British soldiers based in
Manchester and entices them
with the “answer” to
infection. Faced with no
alternative, they set out in
Frank’s taxicab, unaware
that the worst is yet to
come. The studio ads compare
this movie to a zombie film,
but that’s not quite right.
While the infected human
beings are mindless like a
zombie, they have not died.
The animal virus infecting
them has turned them into
mindless animals of rage who
don’t understand anything
about life, including how to
feed themselves. All they know
is their murderous rage.
Consequently, 28 DAYS LATER is
a potent psychological
metaphor for the social rage
infecting today’s culture.
In fact, in the opening of the
movie, the chimps in the
research lab are watching
violent images on television
because the goal of the
scientists in developing the
virus is to find a cure for
rage caused by stimulus
mechanisms like media
violence. Adding to this
message is the movie’s moral
premise, which seems to
conclude, “Compassion
conquers rage.” In the
story, Jim is a compassionate
hero who risks his life
several times to save Selena
and Hannah. Unlike other
horror movies, and even other
science fiction movies set in
a dark future, the hero
eventually succeeds in helping
Selena and Hannah ultimately
survive in an idyllic setting.
There is even a scene where he
comforts Selena by trying to
give her some hope in a
desperate
situation. Regrettably,
however, 28 DAYS LATER
contains plenty of very strong
foul language, gore, and
brutal violence. The movie
takes the position that there
is nothing that can be done
with the infected people other
than to kill them, because if
their blood or saliva gets
into your body, you
immediately become infected
too. There are also some
humanist elements in the
movie. Although there are no
sex scenes, Selena and Hannah
meet up with some soldiers
interested in forcing them to
mate because there are no
other women. Jim eventually
rescues them, however.
Finally, Jim wakes up in his
hospital bed completely naked,
so there are shots of full
male nudity in the movie.
Also, one of the infected
female attackers has no top on
in a brief shot. Because of
all these problems,
MOVIEGUIDE® recommends
extreme caution. This is
definitely not a movie for
children, young teenagers, and
sensitive people. Please
address your comments
to: Lindsay Law, President Fox
Searchlight Pictures 20th
Century Fox Film Corp. A
Division of Fox, Inc. 10201
West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38 Los
Angeles, CA 90035 Phone: (310)
369-4402

Rating: R

Runtime: 108 minutes

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Director: Danny Boyle

Executive Producer:

Producer: Andrew Macdonald

Writer: Alex Garland

Address Comments To:

Content:

(BB, C, H, LLL, VVV, S, NNN, A, D, M) Strong, but not perfect, moral worldview with redemptive elements, spoiled by some humanist elements and very strong foul language, gory violence and graphic, but non-sexual, nudity; about 70 mostly strong obscenities, two strong profanities, and four light profanities; very strong, sometimes gory, violence and scary violent attacks including point blank shootings, enraged people attack and vomit blood, stabbings, clubbings, blood splatters during off-camera killing with a machete, explosions, implied suicide, and masses of people get infected with a virus which turns them into a murderous rage, forcing the protagonists to kill them to keep from being infected; gang of soldiers plan to force two females to mate with them but they are eventually stopped before anything happens, though older woman kisses one of them briefly to delay him; full male nudity and brief upper female nudity (both in non-sexual contexts) and female corpse in underwear and brief shots of woman in bra; alcohol use, man raids abandoned store of its high-priced Scotch liquor while three others raid the food aisles, and use of valium to help sleeping and relieve dire situation; smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality such as deceit.

GENRE: Horror/Apocalyptic Science Fiction

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Summary:

28 DAYS LATER is an intense apocalyptic science fiction movie about a deadly animal virus that turns England into a wasteland ravaged by psychotic bands of infected humans. The movie’s strong moral worldview is spoiled by humanist elements, very strong foul language, gory violence, and graphic, but non-sexual, male nudity.

Review:

28 DAYS LATER is an intense apocalyptic science fiction movie about a deadly animal virus that turns England into a wasteland ravaged by psychotic bands of infected humans. A hard “R” movie, it nevertheless features a strong moral worldview and a sympathetic hero.

The movie opens with a small group of mindless animal rights activists releasing a bunch of caged chimpanzees, even though a terrified lab scientist insists that the chimps are “infected.” The crazed animals unleash a bloody attack on everyone, including a female activist who starts vomiting blood when she’s bitten by one of the chimps.

Twenty-eight days later, a young man named Jim awakes from a coma in the deserted intensive care unit of a London hospital. After three attacks from enraged, infected people, Jim joins forces with an uninfected black woman named Selena and a father and daughter, Frank and Hannah, who are holed up in an apartment tower but are running low on water. As the group takes shelter in the tower, an automated radio broadcast claims to be a group of British soldiers based in Manchester and entices them with the “answer” to infection. Faced with no alternative, they set out in Frank’s taxicab, unaware that the worst is yet to come.

The studio ads compare this movie to a zombie film, but that’s not quite right. While the infected human beings are mindless like a zombie, they have not died. The animal virus infecting them has turned them into mindless animals of rage who don’t understand anything about life, including how to feed themselves. All they know is their murderous rage. Consequently, 28 DAYS LATER is a potent psychological metaphor for the social rage infecting today’s culture. In fact, in the opening of the movie, the chimps in the research lab are watching violent images on television because the goal of the scientists in developing the virus is to find a cure for rage caused by stimulus mechanisms like media violence.

Adding to this message is the movie’s moral premise, which seems to conclude, “Compassion conquers rage.” In the story, Jim is a compassionate hero who risks his life several times to save Selena and Hannah. Unlike other horror movies, and even other science fiction movies set in a dark future, the hero eventually succeeds in helping Selena and Hannah ultimately survive in an idyllic setting. There is even a scene where he comforts Selena by trying to give her some hope in a desperate situation.

Regrettably, however, 28 DAYS LATER contains plenty of very strong foul language, gore, and brutal violence. The movie takes the position that there is nothing that can be done with the infected people other than to kill them, because if their blood or saliva gets into your body, you immediately become infected too. There are also some humanist elements in the movie. Although there are no sex scenes, Selena and Hannah meet up with some soldiers interested in forcing them to mate because there are no other women. Jim eventually rescues them, however. Finally, Jim wakes up in his hospital bed completely naked, so there are shots of full male nudity in the movie. Also, one of the infected female attackers has no top on in a brief shot. Because of all these problems, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends extreme caution. This is definitely not a movie for children, young teenagers, and sensitive people.

Please address your comments to:

Lindsay Law, President

Fox Searchlight Pictures

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

A Division of Fox, Inc.

10201 West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (310) 369-4402

SUMMARY: 28 DAYS LATER is an intense apocalyptic science fiction movie about a deadly animal virus that turns England into a wasteland ravaged by psychotic bands of infected humans. The movie’s strong moral worldview is spoiled by humanist elements, very strong foul language, gory violence, and graphic, but non-sexual, male nudity.

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