I saw several movies during my trip in Europe (mainly on the airplanes) and out of all of them, 28 Days was the most redeeming.
28 Days stars Sandra Bullock; she's a drunk who is admitted to a rehab center for you can only guess how long, and finally begins to realize that she has a problem.
The movie is funny and enjoyable, but, like most movies set in rehab centers or prisons, is mixed with some seriousness and tragedy.
Bullock delivers her best performance since Speed, and this is probably her best film since The Net (or, for the 70 percent of you that didn't like that movie, Speed). Bullock is sexy, witty, smart, and romantic all rolled into one, and, helped by a strong supporting cast (including Viggo Mortensen), brings a worthy picture to the screen.
28 Days isn't the best movie around but it is fun to watch and pretty harmless. If it is trying to deliver a message about alcohol it only does it partially, because I felt that at times, even when the film was showing how weird people get when they are drunk, it was glamorizing the drug a little bit. It's no big deal, but worth considering.
I did like the way this movie was directed and the flashbacks. Several times during the course of the movie Bullock has quick memories of her in bars getting drunk, and at other times more thorough flashbacks involving her mother.
28 Days is a skillfully crafted film with good characters, some good comedy, and a fairly fast-paced story. It won't win any awards but it's worth watching.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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