28 Days Later

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: -2

Content: -3

In this horror thriller, Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma in a deserted hospital. Making his way outside, he discovers that London is deserted. He finds two other survivors, Selena (Naomi Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley), and learns that a virus began spreading 28 days earlier initially from animals to humans in a bloody attack by enraged lab monkeys and now from humans to humans. When infected, the victim develops a bloodthirsty rage with a desire for murder. It cannot be stopped and has spread throughout the United Kingdom and into other parts of the world. Joining Frank (Brendan Gleeson) and his daughter Hannah (Megan Burns), who are uninfected, Jim and Selena head to Manchester, which is where they have heard through radio broadcasts that there is help for the uninfected. They run into several infected along the way and come close to being killed. They finally make it to Manchester and discover that they have more to fear than the infected.

Cult horror fans will love this one. 28 Days is 112 minutes of blood, gore and pandemonium. The unknown actors do a credible job, which makes the movie a little bearable. However, Preview cannot recommend this film. The storyline is poor, the film quality worse, and the negative elements many, especially bad language and bloody violence. F-words abound. The violent scenes include a man being hung, beaten and set on fire; beatings in the midst of rioting; dead bodies piled in heaps on a chapel floor; and murders throughout the film as the survivors try to escape the infected. Although there are no sexual scenes in the film, some surviving soldiers discuss having sexual relations with the only two female survivors, one a 15-year-old girl. A scene in the beginning of the film shows a man totally naked. This is definitely not a film for children or teens. Adults would do well to steer clear of it too.

Preview Reviewer: Lynn Nusser
Fox Searchlight Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: moderate few (2) times (ass, bastard); mild one time (hell).

Obscene Language: many (65) times (F-word 56, S-word 8, other 1).

Profanity: regular once (JC); exclamatory few (2) times (Oh G, swear to G).

Violence: many times (infected monkey attacks a woman, man hanging by neck is beaten and set on fire, scenes of rioting and pandemonium with people beating up other people, man killed by infected man, infected man shot, infected man chained to pole to starve to death, dead people lying around throughout the movie, soldiers using guns, woman survivor uses large knife, male survivor uses baseball bat, blood and gore throughout the movie).

Sex: none.

Nudity: few (3) times (man in coma wakes up naked and full frontal view shown, naked man shown in shower from behind, woman in bra).

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: male soldiers talk about having relations with two female survivors, commander explains that he promised his soldiers they could have the women.

Drugs: few times (alcohol use, valium use, man focusing on buying alcohol on shopping expedition, smoking).

Other: belching, F-word in graffiti on church, property is destroyed, an attack of rats.

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: adults.

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