Film review: 28 Days
- By: Colin Brewer
Twenty eight days is apparently how long you normally stay if-after getting disgustingly drunk and wrecking your sister's wedding, not to mention the nuptial limousine-you reluctantly enter an American “rehabilitation” clinic. Rehabilitation is big business in the United States, and remarkably monolithic.
28 Days gives a reasonably accurate impression of life in a typical private rehabilitation facility and of some of its highs and lows. The highs include heart warming insights of the “I guess I never saw it that way” variety and the support and experience of other addicts. But, although you may feel uplifted by some of your fellow sufferers, the film also shows how others can depress you, offer you dope, or involve you in damaging relationships when you're feeling lonely and vulnerable.
Like most US rehabilitation programmes, the one in the film is based on the “twelve steps” advocated by Alcoholics Anonymous. Eclectic it isn't, and