Failure of a Pseudo-Christian Community in a Nation-State in Crisis: 28 Days Later

  • Author(s): Karl E. Martin
  • When: 2014-10
  • Where: Journal of Religion & Film
  • This essay argues that the central group of survivors of the Rage plague in Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002) constitutes a nascent Christian community. This community is formed when the four survivors band together around a common commitment to protect the most vulnerable among them. However, this community fails to provide an alternative to the nation-state because, in its search for protection, it flees into the arms of the nation-state and chooses to answer the violence of the nation-state with violence of its own in order to survive. Christian faith and practice exist in the film only under the conditions established by the nation-state and primarily for the private comfort of individuals who must, ultimately, submit to the authority of the nation-state.

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