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Pure Rage: The Making of '28 Days Later' (2002)

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Documentary about the making of Danny Boyle's end-of-the-world style horror movie, 28 Days Later.


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Himself, reporter, New Scientist Magazine
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John Stanford ...
Himself, professor, University College London
Megan Burns ...
Henry Camilleri ...
Himself, military advisor


This made-for-tv documentary treats horror fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "28 Days Later", about a band of survivors' struggle to stay alive after a killer virus has turned everyone into homicidal maniacs. Includes interviews with dirctor Danny Boyle, along with the cast and crew of the film, who share their experiences from working on the project, as well as discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it to completion. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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More a long trailer than a good `making of' documentary
17 November 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To coincide with the UK release of 28 Days Later this documentary looks at the reality behind the film, using mad cow disease as an example. The second half of the film looks the writing of the film, the cast and behind the scenes of making the film.

I taped this hoping that this documentary would be the quality you can find on a good DVD rather than an advert style programme. However this manages to fall between these two stools and be good if not quite as good as you'd hope it would be. The first half is interesting with experts saying how real a rapid viral infection could be, even if it uses BSE as an example. I still found it difficult to envisage the UK decimated by a virus and at times it felt they were talking it up not out of scientific interest but to sell the film.

The second half is a little more interesting because it looks at the cast and the process of making the film. It does tend to err a little on the side of patting each other on the back for a job well done but it is interesting at points. The film looks at how they made London appear deserted as well as the boot camp used to train the soldiers, but not in very much detail. It's a shame because no real good stories come out of it and it never manages to be insightful or any more interesting than the promotional interviews that the cast all have to do anyway.

Overall I was pretty let down by this. It was made by the filmmakers themselves and I hoped more effort would have been put in. For 20 odd minutes it is still worth a watch once but to be honest it is as much a fancy trailer as it is a documentary.

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