28 Up (1985)
Critic Reviews for 28 Up
The effect of 28 Up is to bring a dimension of wisdom and insight to the earlier footage, and in doing this Mr. Apted has been subtle and selective.
The 14 subjects of the "Up" series came together as a group only twice, and by the end of 28 Up, three have dropped out of the project.
It is almost scary to realize that this film has given me a fair chance of predicting what lies ahead for these strangers. I almost understand the motives of those who chose to drop out of the experiment.
No matter how it's interpreted, the film remains a deft and compelling piece.
A real mind-bender. Apted invented a new documentary form with this series.
Audience Reviews for 28 Up
Apted's questions are much more intelligent and less judgmental now than in the previous films, making this the best installment so far as it shows us how fascinating those people and their lives have become with time, even if he leaves the most interesting stories for the beginning.
28 up is the year most of the subjects suddenly have kids.
With this installment in the series we lose two of the "kids". They decide not to participate anymore. It's unfortunate but ultimately their choice,
Huge changes come this time around as we see our folks with families and adult lives and thoughts. Gone are a lot of the cockiness of youth. A lot... not all. Some folks seem to know who they are and what they want while others seem lost in life still.
It was nice to see a couple of the "kids" grow up and stop being the brats they were in the last couple installments.
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