28 Days Later is a post-apocalyptic thriller that follows Jim (Cillian Murphy), one of the few survivors left after a mysterious pandemic breaks out in modern-day England, as he travels through the barren and infected city searching for allies.
Though many people comment on the film's fright-meter, this movie can be frightening to some, but that's not the largest effect it has on you. The language is at a lofty high and never comes down, but just begins to climb higher as the thrills increase. Even when there isn't a chase scene or peril, the characters are still swearing, which will be a great concern for paretns. Also, the nudity isn't gratuitous or unnecessary, but it is there to create a natural atmosphere. For example, there is a full-frontal shot of male nudity in the beginning of the movie when Jim wakes up in an empty hospital... naked. And he is shown again in the shower naked later, yet only his buttocks are visible. The sexual undertones and elements of rape are VERY disturbing, but they serve the plot well. The violence is very bloody and gory, but no overdone. The most famous and powerful scene in the movie is when Jim shoves a soldier's eyeballs back into his skull with his thumbs while he is screaming and covered in blood. You hear a crack, and the mean falls silent. This is an act between good and evil and good ultimately wins. Also, the appearance and violent acts of the infected (NOT ZOMBIES!) are quite hard to look at.
Some may find the humanistic and seemingly anti-God social commentary that creeps itself into the later part of the film offensive, but it's not a reason to shove the film away. This is a beautifully shot, scripted, and acted low-budget horror triumph! A classic for the masses. 4 STARS.