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Running Time:
102 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for strong violence and gore, language and nudity

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
If you like scary horror films, this is a really good one. I highly recommend it.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland; 3 alternate endings; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; "Pure Rage: The Making of 28 Days Later" featurette; Jacknife Lee music video; Animated storyboards; Still photos; Theatrical trailer.

28 Days Later
British director Danny Boyle (The Beach) starts this film in an England based research facility where a caged monkey is being released. The monkey quickly bites the animal rights activist who's just freed him. Within seconds she throws up blood all over her fellow activists, infecting them all with a disease known as "rage." Then, 28 Days Later, Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up in a deserted hospital. He seems to be the only survivor, so he takes off and wanders into the deserted trash-strewn streets of London where he sees a wall plastered with pictures and pleas for missing family members and loved ones. Next he goes into a church where he discovers that everyone inside has become zombies infected with the disease. Soon he meets Selena and Mark (Naomie Harris and Noah Huntley). They're the only uninfected humans he's met so far. They tell each other their stories, and after one fateful night Jim and Selena find themselves with Frank (Brendan Gleeson) and his daughter Hannah (Megan Burns). Together they become a sort of makeshift family and eventually find themselves with a group of soldiers, the only other humans around. Their leader is an eccentric named Henry West (Christopher Eccleston) who seems to have chained up one of his own infected soldiers in the courtyard so that he can learn how to cope with this horrible disease. But the soldiers don't really seem to have any answers. They've been waiting for survivors to show up, especially ,women who obviously can have children, which means family and survival. West's motives seem to be more than a little crazy as he makes the reasonable Jim become a blood thirsty killing machine to protect his "family." Luckly there are a couple of likeable characters that you tend to care about. At first weak and unsure, Jim realistically seems to be acting out of his basic need to survive. This isn't the kind of horror picture Hollywood generally makes. It is basically a meditation on the breakdown of families and the necessity of being loved and having someone to love. It's got plenty of blood and guts and it's really very scary.

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