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3.7 out of 5 stars
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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 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 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 30 January 2016
A british classic ...most excellent
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on 23 April 2017
Won't stream on 3 different devices. Can't review movie as it was unwatchable.
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on 1 January 2015
Fab service, great product
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on 16 March 2015
Brill
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on 12 May 2003
When I saw this film I had no assumptions about it whatsoever. I was pleasantly suprised.
Danny Boyles latest piece far surpasses previous projects such as 'The Beach' allthough not the box office smash 'The Beach' was this film has been grossly under appraised. Though he has proved himself over previous years to be a excellent director, in the horror / thriller genre of 28 Days Later he has found his niche.
The film has a unique and twisting plot which exhibits and element of realism rarely seen in a film of its kind. Unlike most horror movies of the past decade, it is impressively belivable, this is accentuated by the enitre film being shot with DV cameras.
We see a post-apocalyptic London, desolated by a freak virus, aptley titled 'rage', which has basically turned the majority of the UK population into psychotic zombie-esque killers. The story follows everday guy (Cillian Murphy) in a journey of dealing with the realisation of the changed world and his survival. Teamed up with a handful of survivors, they struggle to find hope in this starkingly eerie and threatening world.
Alhough the film has no A-List stars in it, it includes great performances by such people as Christopher Ecclestone as a sinister army commander. The whole film is beautiful, belivable and scares the hell out of you in its approach. A true British classic which again has gone relatively unappreciated because it lacks the Hollywood glitz of other films.
If you want to be scared, watch this movie.
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on 8 May 2003
At last, a genuinely frightening film. Being an avid, if somewhat jaded, horror fan, I have been finding it increasingly difficult to be truly scared. This film is terrifying on so many levels- and whatever particulary scares you, you'll find it here. There's jump-out-of-your-seat shocks, tension-building "look behind you!" moments, grabby-leg bits that make you lift your feet off of the floor, and twitching zombies that are clever and chase- fast. As well as being pant-wettingly scary, the images from the film leave a residual fear that will still be with you six months after you see the film for the first time. Walking home from the cinema, I was almost in tears from terror, hiding behind cars if I saw other people and finally, locking myself in my house with all the lights turned off so that the zombies wouldn't know I was in. Even now, I have "zombie-flashbacks". The scariest aspect of the film is that you feel you cannot hide anywhere- locking the door and hiding under the covers will not make the nightmares go away. This film is amazing, and the score plays on your subconcious mind in much the same way as The Exorcist. Whether you're after quick, but effective, scares or a more long-term, psychological terror, this film delivers. A word of warning- do not watch this alone.
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