Brian Weatherson is a bit perplexed by a NYT movie review:

“28 Days Later” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). It has many scenes of maiming, dismemberment, clubbing, shooting, bayoneting and shoplifting.

One would think that the maiming and whatnot would indeed dull one’s senses toward the shoplifting. Perhaps it happens first? Or, maybe, it’s a morality tale in which a person shoplifts and is subseqently maimed, dismembered, clubbed, shot, and bayonetted?

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  1. “If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.” Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859)

  2. jen says:


  3. John Lemon says:

    Actually, during the main “shoplifting scene” the so-called “shoplifters” left a credit card at the checkout lane, so there really wasn’t all that much shoplifting. In fact, the only shoplifting was when they smashed vending machines.

    Probably the oddest thing is why they didn’t raid Buckingham or Kensington palaces. (I personally like Kensington as that is the neighborhood I usually stay in and I used to have the hots for Di.)