YMMV / 28 Days Later

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Is Major Henry West really a Manipulative Bastard, or is he a good man driven insane by the situation surrounding him?
    • The rest of the soldiers too. Are they really driven mad and gone monstrous enough to rape innocent women? How many of them would have actually gone through with it? Some theorise that they may have raped Selena but would have stopped short of raping Hannah too. Notably one of the soliders is seen shaking his head sadly as they leave Hannah and Selena to change.
  • Awesome Music: "In the House, In a Heartbeat," a steadily increasing anxiety attack of a song that perfectly matches the climax.
  • Broken Base: Go up to a group of fans of this movie and ask one simple question - 'is 28 Days Later a zombie movie?' Then stand back and watch the ensuing punch-up.
  • Cue Irony: The scene where Jim and Selena celebrate with Frank and Hannah? It was shot on the day of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Danny Boyle lampshaded how strange it felt for them to shoot an uplifting scene on such a day.
  • Ending Fatigue: For "surviving the apocalypse" movie fans, this movie starts off great but then makes a hard left midway through, sticking the main characters with the soldiers who take the forefront as antagonists and carries a different tone to match.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Retroactive Recognition: The film's four leads went on to bigger things.
  • Spiritual Licensee: 28 Days Later is a pretty good adaptation of Day Of The Triffids, don't you think?
  • Too Soon: A few viewers were offended by the shot of the notice board at Piccadilly Circus, depicting the missing persons fliers. They felt it was too similar to what had happened during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Danny Boyle later said had the movie been shot after the attacks, he wouldn't have put the scene in.
  • What an Idiot:
    • The activists who free the monkeys in the lab at the beginning. The scientist even tries to warn them that they shouldn't do that, but of course they do it anyway. Especially the girl who releases the monkey, who is "thanked" by being bitten and becoming the first human victim of the rage virus. Even if they weren't infected, the activists just freed them without any form of protection. Did they intend to carry wild animals with their bare hands?
    • While we're handing out signs: The researcher who couldn't come up with a more convincing explanation for why they shouldn't be let out of the cages other than "Rage". "Oh hey, they're carrying a highly infectious and dangerous disease we're studying" might have been just a wee bit more convincing.
    • Jim wanders off from the group into a restaurant when they stop to get gas. Selena reminds him they have enough food, he sarcastically says he's looking for cheeseburgers - but he ends up getting attacked and having to kill an infected child.
    • And while we're talking about Jim, Mark wouldn't have to die had Jim decided to follow the first rule he had learned on surviving the apocalypse: Remaining quiet. Instead, Jim ignores every rule he has learned before and decides to watch some home-movies.
      • Actually, if you listen closely, Jim says his lines from the home movie and there is no projection screen indicating the home movies are Jim's memories (a technique used in some of Danny Boyle's other films). Jim's real What an Idiot moment was lighting the candle.