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My daughter and I love horror flicks. I have no idea why but we just do. When I read a couple reviews on 28 Days Later I decided it was one we really needed to see. Now I am glad I did.
28 Days Later is a movie set in the UK that was directed by Danny Boyle. A group of animal rights activists breaks into a lab and set out to free the monkeys within. One of the scientists attempts to stop them and explain they are infected with a virus called Rage. Not believing or perhaps not caring, the activists free the monkeys, only to be attacked and killed by them.
Flash forward to 28 days later. A man named Jim, played by Cillian Murphy, awakens from a coma in a hospital to find he is alone. He wanders through the city looking for any signs of life of life. Jim finds himself within a church. Looking down upon the congregation, they all appear to be dead. He calls out and sees movement among the people. We hear a terrible banging at the rectory door. Out comes the priest with a look of anger and dementia in his eye. Jim tries to talk to the priest but is attacked and beats him down. The congregation is on its feet and the chase begins.
Out of nowhere, two strange figures appear dressed in gas masks. Throwing fiery gas bombs, they rescue Jim. Selena, played by Naomie Harris, and Mark, played by Noah Huntley, explain to him that while he was sleeping the town had been evacuated. That a deadly virus has taken over the planet. This virus does not kill people; it turns them into raging monsters with a thirst for blood. If just one drop of blood enters your system, within 20 seconds you become infected.
I hate to give away the entire movie so will stop there. If this piques your interest, definitely see this movie. Overall, the movie itself was interesting. The actors portrayed the parts well. They made it easy to believe they were actually angry or scared by their expressions and body language. This is quite important in a horror film. Without good actors, the entire movie becomes cheesy and not at all scary.
I was also very impressed with the sets. To see large areas of the UK desolate, cluttered and looking like the end of the word was quite amazing. As they travel in search of others, we also get to see the beauty of the UK. To me this part shows that even when we think the world is coming to an end there can be places of peace and tranquility if we bother to look for them.
This movie was rated R because of strong violence, gore, profanity and nudity. The nudity is just a short scene in the beginning where we see Jim awaking and completely naked in the hospital bed. Yes, we see all his boy parts. I dont recall a lot of profanity but there may have been. I was more engrossed in the story so if there was swearing it perhaps fit in the scene that contained it unlike many movies today where profanity is used as a colorful dialect instead. If you like gore there is plenty to see. Infected being chopped to bits with a machete, beat with a baseball bat, and burned alive. Nevertheless, I did not find the gore repulsive or out of place in this movie. If I believed I were the last of humankind on earth I think I would resort to anything to stay alive too.
Overall, I believe this movie was pretty good. It had suspense, action, and a storyline that went throughout the picture. The characters were well thought out and believable. The scenery was phenomenal. If you want a good horror show that may leave you thinking this is a must see.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older