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on 20 June 2017
I don't do zombies and have very little interest in horror films, and so it is not until 15 years after it was made that I finally watched this film. And I will say the loss was mine. While I'm still not gone on gore and scary creatures, the scenes showing the rabied infected are, though sudden and genuinely frightening, mercifully swift and short. The plot is not so much a horror story as a well contructed post-apocalyptic tale set in England, where a highly contiaous rabies-like disease has wiped out nearly the entire population, with a very few unaffected individuals trying to survive and escape to a place the infection hasn't reached.

The scenes of Cillian Murphy wandering around a completely deserted London are stunning and utterly chilling at the same time. The film is worth watching for that alone: seeing those iconic London locations entirely devoid of people. Similarly fascinating are the shots of that lone London taxi cab driving along the deserted motorway with the windmills silently churning away in the background. Knowing that all this was filmed for real rather than being created inside a computer makes it all the more remarkable. And then, just once in a while, inbetween the scenes of utter desolation and frightening attacks by the infected, there are seemingly incogruous moments of relief like the myriad of colourful buckets on the roof or the horses in the field. Inspired directing by Danny Boyle. Even the intentionally grainy picture quality, criticised by many reviewers, works very well for me. It fits in with the story.

The cast including Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston alongside Cillian Murphy is great, with them all turning in very solid performances. It was this cast that made me buy the DVD and I'm glad I ventured outside my comfort zone and watched the film. Along with great performances from some of my favourite actors, I got an intelligent and compelling story.

The two disc Limited Editon includes the following extra features:
- Commentary by director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland
- "Pure Rage" making of featurette
- "Jacknife Lee" Music Video
- Running Polaroid Gallery
- Animated Storyboards
- 28 Weeks Later: The rage is Back featurette
- First Story From 28 Days Later: The Aftermath graphic novel (booklet)
- Trailers for both 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later
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on 29 May 2017
The parallels with John Wyndham's "Day of the Triffids" are many, from the hospitalised central character surviving in the first instance because he's unconscious in a bed, to the colony of survivors aiming to repopulate the world. In this story, it's not an accidental escape of genetically engineered carnivorous plants (cultivated for oil, was it?) on their gruesome quest to feed and multiply, but a "rage" virus, developed for whatever wicked purpose, possibly as a wmd. I can't remember, but it's not too important, because it's the survival story that really matters in this, as well as in Wyndham's novel. We meet Selena (Naomie Harris) when she has already acquired the necessary survival instinct to kill or be killed, and we watch as the erstwhile bike courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) gets to that stage, possibly a bit beyond, since his bond with Selena and Hannah (Megan Burns) motivates him to protect them. He becomes this small wraith-like figure who manages to outwit the burly soldiers, even appearing to recruit an already rage-infected one who's been chained up until freed by him. I loved the optimistic ending, with Selena and Jim together, Hannah as their little sister - just like Bill, Josella and Susan in the Triffids - but then as the end titles scrolled away and I reached for the kettle, up comes "what if...?" Uh-oh, just when you thought.... Brilliant, Danny Boyle, just brilliant!
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on 9 November 2017
Very good.
As has been said many times, the filming was deliberately using roughish, hand held, grainy techniques to give a 'horror' type atmosphere. Like many POV films today like Cloverfield.
Oh boy... yes it works... makes a superb creepy film.. even though personally I would have preferred better definition.
Get the BluRay version. The rest are ok, but the BluRay version is best.
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on 19 April 2017
This is a great classic zombie movie. It's sweet and simple but effective. I love seeing all the bits in London that you recognize that are deserted!
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on 26 October 2017
Probably amazing in its day but with all the zombie / apocalypse movies and tv series of today wasn't as good as I hoped.
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on 16 November 2017
cannot remember
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on 14 March 2017
I had this before but as I've lost it I decided to buy it again at a little over £2 and for the Limited Edition to!
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on 25 July 2017
great film, but not a patch on the first film,
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on 5 September 2017
Really well filmed film, some memorable scenes, great British zombie movie, the prequel is just as good too
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on 30 January 2016
A british classic ...most excellent
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