28 Days Later (2002, U.K.)

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28 Days Later: An Omelet, a Can of Tango, and a Side Order of Rage

PLOT OUTLINE

Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus -a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by zombie like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind’s savage nature.

28 Days Later (2002, U.K.), reviewed by Don of the Dead on 2009-11-12T23:06:35+00:00 rating 5.0 out of 5
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Frightful Discussion

  1. 28 days later isn’t even cool. They get a virus next thing you know they winning fucking gold medals. Just seems like everyone smoked a little to much crack.

  2. Natalie says:

    This movie is like the series, The Walking Dead. At first Rick has been in a coma for 2 months because he got shot in the chest. He wakes up seeing he is in a zombie apocalypse. Rick finds Glenn, T-dog, Andria, and T-dogs wife they take him to the campsite where he meets his wife, Lori, his son, Carl, his best friend, Shane, Daryl, Dale, Amy (Andria’s sis), Sophia, and Carol.

  3. Victoria says:

    28 days later and 28 weeks later arent zombies. theyre an outbreak infection……

  4. this movie is so different from all American zombie movies I’ve seen recently. It’s not all about action and zombies jumping in front of camera scaring the sh*t out of you, it’s more about people. It gives me strange feelings every time I watch it. And in combination with that soundtrack, complete win!

  5. Now seriously people…what are zombies? If you go by the original way of thinking of them, they are people who have been drugged (ie infected) and are in a dead-like state. They are controlled by the people who drugged them (voodoo- see the movie White Zombie – 1932).

    Even in Night of the Living Dead commentary, Romero did not refer to them as zombies, but rather as ghouls. And while this may seem slight, it was his movie!. I dont think there was any info in the movie that said you had to destroy the brain or remove the head. No one knew what was wrong with the people or how to fix/help them. Only at the end when they said to shoot for the eyes, but thats in so many other movies it can hardly be related.

    The voodoo aspect was referenced again in Dawn of the Dead (1978).

    Read a few books of zombie fiction and see how many different ways you can define the zombie experience…they all work in their own ways.

  6. i agree it isn’t a zombie movie. they are infected with rage.. still a good movie but they don’t do much more than bite the person and beat on them. zombies devour.. not just bite and attack. also, you could kill the rage infected people in other ways other than destroying the brain or removing the head thus not zombies… just sayin. also.. the boy in 28 days later speaks. zombies are brain dead so they can’t articulate words.

  7. Am I the only person that knows that this is NOT a zombie movie? These people are NOT dead but INFECTED and still have functoning heart, lung and brain activity. Saying that this movie and 28 Weeks Later are zombie movies is a slap in the face of TRUE reanimated zombie movies.

    • You make a good point, but personally I think a lot of the original zombie thinking stemmed from the idea of Biological warfare…and that reanimation would initially happen due to some infection of sorts (Or when there's no more room in Hell). Yet realism…the thought that something like this could possibly happen, is pretty scary, if you ask me. That's what makes it good.

    • nameyourg0d says:

      I don’t think it really matters if they’re “dead”… this is a great movie for it’s own reasons. Honestly, I’m tired of hearing “oh, they’re not dead, they are just infected”. When these infecteds are reanimated as normal functioning humans, then we’ll talk about how they’re not “zombies” to the fullest extent.

    • Thank you! I hate hearing that it’s a zombie movie when it’s definitely not. It’s a good movie but they even say in the movie they’re infected with rage. People really need to do their homework. This is NOT a zombie movie. Glad to know some people know the difference…

    • Victoria says:

      Your not the only one who knows they’re infected and not zombies….

  8. Am I the only person that knows that this is NOT a zombie movie? These people are NOT dead but INFECTED and still have functoning heart, lung and brain activity. Saying that this movie and 28 Weeks Later are zombie movies is a slap in the face of TRUE reanimated zombie movies.

    • nameyourg0d says:

      I don't think it really matters if they're "dead"… this is a great movie for it's own reasons. Honestly, I'm tired of hearing "oh, they're not dead, they are just infected". When these infecteds are reanimated as normal functioning humans, then we'll talk about how they're not "zombies" to the fullest extent.

    • They seem to have characteristics of a zombie. Cause all they do is roam the land and eat. Could you say they are a zombie caused by infection? They are effectively brain dead. And they just follow each other with no real reason except that food might be there.

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