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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Retroactive Recognition: The film's four leads went on to bigger things.
    • Cillian Murphy is now known as Scarecrow in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. He also played Robert Fischer Jr., the physical MacGuffin of Inception, Jackson Rippner from Redeye, Damien O'Donovan from The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Pieter in Girl with a Pearl Earring, Capa from Sunshine... let's just say that while role of Jim didn't made him a star overnight, it still kick-started his career, as he recieved a big push after 28 days later.
    • Naomie Harris played Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films. She portrays Moneypenny in Daniel Craig's third James Bond film, Skyfall.
    • Brendan Gleeson (the father who joins the first two midway through the film) is a well-respected character actor whose first major role was in Braveheart and went on to play Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody in the Harry Potter films. Gleeson, an Irishman, also played Winston Churchill in the HBO TV movie "Into The Storm".
    • Christopher Eccleston (who was also featured in other Danny Boyle films such as Trainspotting and Shallow Grave) went on to play the Ninth Doctor and is known as this for British audiences/Who fans. Americans would know him as Destro in the GI Joe live-action film, and Claude from Heroes.
  • Spiritual Licensee: 28 Days Latter is a pretty good adaptation of Day Of The Triffids, don't you think?
  • 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?